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Glessner House Museum

South Loop
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Address: 1800 South Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Phone Number: 312 326 1480
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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A hidden gem, worth a visit!

I visited both the Glessner House and Clarke House together on a Wednesday when admission was free! I was prepared for the rude staff at the visitors centre as I had heard... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

I visited both the Glessner House and Clarke House together on a Wednesday when admission was free! I was prepared for the rude staff at the visitors centre as I had heard previous reviews and the female greeter lived up to her reputation! She was rude and abrupt and proceeded to complain to her colleague that the museum offers a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I have to say when you enter the museum, you are not met by a kind staff. Rather a middle aged woman that barked orders at us rather than introduce herself. She was not polite and expected us to have correct change. However once the tour began her harshness was worth it. The glessner house is beautiful, and our guide... More 

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Redding, California
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135 reviews 135 reviews
91 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

It was a very strange piece of architecture, but interesting. Docent gave good history of house and contents. Parking was very difficult.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

The tour itself was wonderful, however...the staff when you enter was SO rude we almost left. There were 5 of us. As we entered, one woman YELLED "shut that door". The cost was 15 per person. 12 for seniors. When my mother went to pay she used a $20 bill. "Don't you have anything smaller" The tour guide herself was... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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765 reviews 765 reviews
244 attraction reviews
540 helpful votes 540 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Jack Simmerling and I grew up in Blue Island, a south suburb of Chicago. In fact, we lived on the same block. Jack lived at 120th and Greenwood. I lived at 121st and Greenwood. He was five years older so I didn't know him very well. But I knew he was an aspiring artist. He had a studio in his... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The tour was very informative and the staff is highly educated about the history of the city and how it interacted with the home. The hardwood floors were being re-finished so we were unable to see the entire home. Leave your kids at home, they will hate it. Parking is horrible, be prepared to walk. Call ahead to reserve your... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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32 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Henry Hobson Richardson designed this imposing home in 1887 for the John Glessner family, a highly respected Chicago business man. Glessner's business would eventually morph into International Harvester, to this fortress-like home was the start of something pretty big. The house is an architectural gem and contains most of the original furnishings. Set in the heart of historic Prairie Avenue,... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We had planned to see the Glessner/Clarke House on a Saturday afternoon. We've been on lots of these types of things, and had even been to this property many years ago. When we arrived an hour before the scheduled time we were told very brusquely that the tour was full but that we were welcome to sit and wait to... More 

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Augusta, GA
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693 reviews 693 reviews
318 attraction reviews
324 helpful votes 324 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This was an extraordinary home built before the turn of the century and was highly controversial from the stone used on the outside to the sheer size of it. It is still in pristine condition and beautiful to tour. We did this house in conjunction with the Clark House.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Our tour guide, Wendy was charming, knowledgeable and made the tour wonderful for both adults and older children. We enjoyed both houses very much. The woman at the front desk was abrasive and rude and almost caused us to abandon our visit assuming the entire staff would be like her. I am glad we stayed.

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This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you happen to visit during football season, you may bump into a boisterous few fans on their way to a Bears game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park is one of Chicago’s premier locations for green space and recreation with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Take a stroll down memory lane in the historic Prairie District where you can enjoy views of old historic homes. Restaurants, theaters, and clubs are spread throughout the neighborhood along with a collection of burger joints along Michigan Avenue just across from the park.