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Glessner House Museum

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Address: 1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1320
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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If you have time to see all major Chicago hot spots and are truly interested in history and architecture, then a visit to this house museum is a most. This impressive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Teresa M
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have time to see all major Chicago hot spots and are truly interested in history and architecture, then a visit to this house museum is a most. This impressive architectural and historical landmark is has been wonderfully preserved and refurnished so will fell you are traveling in time and making into the life of the family that occupy... More 

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Marlboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

The outside of this house looks like a fortress, but the inside showcases a very interesting house and history. Tour was well done and well worth it! Free on Wednesdays!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Fascinating 90 min tour in the company of an erudite docent getting to know the home of a very rich family and their servants. Extraordinary mix of what they liked plus some gorgeous works of art which did not stop this mansion being supremely homely and comfortable. A brief walk round the Prairie Drive historic area also advisable for some... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

I really enjoyed my tour of this museum. The tour guide could have been a bit more energetic, but other than that it was perfect, especially because I went on a Wednesday and it was free. The house is so unique, after touring many historic homes this is just one of a kind. The courtyard especially is so cool and... More 

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

This historic late ninetieth century mansion is a paradox! Its exterior is bulky (like its architect, H. H. Richarson) and austere, evoking a cold, fortress-like presence which must have seemed especially peculiar among the traditional Victorian mansions of the time. However, as guests climb the wide, sheltered staircase into the foyer, there is immediate warmth due to the wood adorned,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
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 

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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 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 

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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 

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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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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.