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Glessner House Museum

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

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 17, 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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724 reviews 724 reviews
237 attraction reviews
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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
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7 attraction reviews
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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
58 helpful votes 58 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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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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Cold Spring, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We recently toured the Glessner House Museum. Since it was a Sunday afternoon we were the only ones on the tour (2 adults and 2 children ages 12 and 6.) All of us enjoy history, so the visit was very pleasant. The outside of the home looks like a medieval fortress; however when you walk through the doors you are... More 

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Springfield, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This house is a twofer, it is a great introduction to H.H. Richardson's domestic architecture and William Morris furnishings. Fortunately the family kept most of the original furnishings so it really gives the idea of what it looked like when the Glessners lived there. They are renovating one of the guest rooms that should be open in April. Our only... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

i went there last year on winter break it was fun especially for a child about the age span of 9-11 if they are interested in history. its totaly the place to go

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is best done as a combination with another museum house from a previous era. We really enjoyed the two houses, especially this one. Our docent was pretty good although hard to hear at times. I noticed other docents seemed a little more inter-active with their group. I learned a lot, the area is really nice and I would not... More 

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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.