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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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My son and I were having a "staycation" day in Chicago and decided we were going to tour both the Glessner House and the Clarke House. We had an amazing docent (Alan I believe... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

My son and I were having a "staycation" day in Chicago and decided we were going to tour both the Glessner House and the Clarke House. We had an amazing docent (Alan I believe) who was so knowledgeable on so many topics. I suggest that you schedule your visit so that you can tour both houses. Tour the Women's garden... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

Visited the house on a Wednesday when the tours are free. Parking is challenging so allow extra time if driving. You can easily access the house from the lakeshore trail at 1th street its just a bit of a walk or bike ride down. Sign up for the tour at the gift shop which is entered from Prairie Ave. The... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Glessner House is a rare example of an historic house that has been wonderfully restored and to an earlier period--and with furnishings original to the house. The house was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson who was one of the most important architects of the last quarter of the 19th century. A recent wonderful addition to the house is the Jack... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: 1800 South Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Phone Number: 312 326 1480
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > South Loop
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Staying in South Loop

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South Loop
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.