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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 favorite house museum; a must-see

Although a bit south of downtown (accessible by bus routes or car), this house museum is definitely worth a detour. This is Chicago's only survivor work by the famed architect... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 1, 2015
Jim P

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Although a bit south of downtown (accessible by bus routes or car), this house museum is definitely worth a detour. This is Chicago's only survivor work by the famed architect, H.H. Richardson, and the building has been meticulously restored--including original family furniture and wall decorations--to its late-19th century and early-20th century appearance. Architects from all over the globe come to... More 

1 Thank Jim P
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

My first suggestion is to find a place to park on Michigan Ave. and walk a couple blocks to the Museum grounds, as parking is a little hard to find up close. Gwen was our greeter at the reception area and she was very nice. Allan was our docent and he had such a passion for the Glessner House it... More 

Thank Randy R
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We toured this house on a Saturday afternoon in October. It is an expensive tax ride from Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile to this location, so you might want to keep that in mind. The house is so strange looking from the street, we were not sure we were in the right place. We have done many house tours and all... More 

Thank mbalexander
Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

If you're an architectural fan or William Morris lover, the tour of this museum is definitely worth! The architect, Richardson was the #1 architect of his time, with many original and interesting features that reflect the owner's personality. I've also never seen a house so full of William Morris textiles and wall paper. I's a gem. They offer only 2... More 

Thank SeoulSearching
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The Glessner House provides a fantastic look at how the ultra-rich of the late 19th century lived. The house and furniture are beautiful and meticulously restored and maintained. All decorations, carpets, drapes, etc. are either originals (donated by the family) or exact replicas. Our guide was excellent and was able to give us many insights into the life of the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I was just able to get a tour of this magnificent building. My jaw dropped. As a fan of Downton Abbey, I felt as though I was stepping back in time. The house is meticulously maintained and they take great pains to ensure it is exactly as the original owners kept it. The furnishings are actually the ones used by... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Do take the tour. A stroll through this residence is make so much more understandable and worthwhile if someone explains the setting, points our the detail, and puts everything there is the context of the time and the social scene. I liked the kitchen the best, and also the dining room. I wonder which houses of today will be on... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This home, designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, has been beautifully restored and most of the extraordinary furniture and decorative arts are original. The one hour tour can be taken for a nominal rate along with the historical Clarke House, a half-block away. The neighborhood is also worth a stroll as the home of Marshall Field is down the block as... More 

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White Lake, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Wow! Beautiful restored home with original furnishings! House and decor was breathtaking, tour was very interesting and fun. You got to see everything, it was great!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A very interesting one hour tour of the home of the family that began International Harvestor. So many great insights of the aspects of the home and contents. It is great that the descendants donated back so much of the furniture, etc. from the home after it was subdivided earlier. The home was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson - and... 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.