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Glessner House Museum

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Glessner House Museum

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MidwestKathM wrote a review Jan 2020
Detroit, Michigan274 contributions73 helpful votes
Ever on the hunt for something interesting to see in Chicago, having visited there at least a dozen times through the years, I came across this architectural gem by Richardson that gives visitors a peek at the Gilded Age life in Chicago. The Glessner House tells the history of one family in a time of industrial growth and personal prosperity. With original furnishings and personal belongings, it is unique in sharing the family's legacy. Our tour guide was outstanding in telling the story and answering questions for nearly 90 minutes. To become more immersed, walk up and down Prairie Avenue to see some of the other remaining original houses and the in-fill houses built in the style of the times. Truly a must-see gem!!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Kevin wrote a review Jan 2020
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Had friends visiting over the holidays and we went on a group tour, lasted about 1 1/2 hours. The house has many of the original family furnishings. Beautiful. The tour guide had a lot of knowledge about the home and the family. Very interesting but few places to sit, a long time to stand.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Colm R wrote a review Jan 2020
Chicago, Illinois30 contributions7 helpful votes
Got to do the 2 hour architecture tour of the building prior to Christmas. House was in wonderful condition and the tour guide was extremely informative. A great glimpse of how the wealthy lived in Chicago back in the 1880's. I'd strongly recommend this tour (or the shorter tour) to anyone with an interest in history.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Galooba wrote a review Dec 2019
Huntsville, Alabama353 contributions167 helpful votes
If you want to know more about architecture, history or Chicago, be sure to pay a visit. A most knowledgeable and affable architect guided us on a recent 2-hour behind-the-scenes tour of the house and we were impressed by what we saw. The imposing stone exterior gives no clue about what one will see inside. After visiting, take a gambol around the Prairie Ave.neighborhood and visit the Second Presbyterian Church a few blocks away for a look at its Tiffany windows and huge arts and crafts worship space. We were staying at The Blackstone in the south Loop and walked here since it was only a little more than a mile away.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Ricmar60 wrote a review Dec 2019
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This place is located on the south side of Chicago. Since we were staying on the west side, it took forever to get there because of Chicago traffic. The tour was interesting, and the house is furnished nicely. Our guide was very informative and friendly. Not a must see, but worth a stop if you are in the area.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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