This is a very expensively restored town home of a late 19th century Chicago banker on the near north side (Wabash & Erie). It was built after the Chicago Fire and was done on the rule that 'cost is no object.' It was restored painstakingly about ten years ago and is now open for viewing It is truly a model of what went for good taste in the Gilded Age. If you like IKEA furnishings, don't go. They have restored most of the rooms to the original design including some original furniture; some circa 1900 upgrades put in by the second owner allow, among other things for electric light. The rooms are all finished off (paint, wood, wallpapers, etc) but the bedrooms do not contain beds or other furniture.
The building's basement was not open, and when we visited, the access to the 3rd floor was technically limited because a concert was to be given there--but a staff member did take us up which gave a chance to see the ballroom and a bedroom with historic photos. Mrs. 420 is a fashion and design fan and pronounced the entire museum to be a 'must see.'
Access is by an outside staircase, and stairs connect the floors; but there is a wheelchair entrance posted and there is an elevator at the side of the building. I did not ask about this and am still not sure how fully accessible it is, as we had to walk up four stairs to reach the elevator from the 1st floor. Presumably they have some arrangement.
Tours are given twice a day and are said to be very interesting, but our time schedule did not allow us to stay for that. There is talk of a gift shop opening but sometime into the future.
The entrance fee for seniors was $12.50: I think the regular was $20. $5 added for the tour. The Chicago Card gets a reduced rate for entry--an option we did not take.
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