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Wonderful look at Chicago’s past

This is a beautiful mansion with nearly all of its original furnishings. Docent was excellent, and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Cicero, Indiana
Fascinating Museum

This house museum is a must see for architecture buffs. The house is unique and has a very... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2018
Paul P
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A National Historic Landmark, Glessner House was designed by noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson and completed in 1887. It remains an internationally-known architectural treasure in Chicago. A radical departure from traditional...more
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1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1320
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a beautiful mansion with nearly all of its original furnishings. Docent was excellent, and the tour was detailed but not at all boring! Combine this with Clarke House and the Second Presbyterian Church for a great look back in time!

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Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

This house museum is a must see for architecture buffs. The house is unique and has a very interesting history. The museum is very well maintained and our docent was very knowledgeable and well trained. The story of the neighborhood is interesting as well. There...More

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Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

Great house tour with knowledgeable docent. Interesting background on Richardson Romanesque in waiting area. House itself has excellent woodwork and an extensive Isaac Scott collection. Show your National Trust membership card for discounted admission. After, walk around the beautiful Prarie Historic district and visit park...More

Thank Sheryl B
Reviewed March 30, 2018

This amazing home on the former mansion-lined Prairie Ave. still wows today. The hour long tour is the only way to visit, and the docents share many wonderful tidbits from the Glessner family's life in the late 1800s. Over 90% of the home's content is...More

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Reviewed December 20, 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy architecture and/or Chicago history, do not miss the Glessner House! During the hour long tour, you are able to step back in time and into the coach house, courtyard and main home of the Glessner family. Lauren was an enthusiastic tour guide...More

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Reviewed December 8, 2017

I went there in Chicago open house event, but the instruction for the entry is very unclear, you are difficult to find where is the entry point, the exit door has security to stand by, restricting people to enter from the exit door, even he...More

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Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

Gleaner House was very interesting. Since we were part of Open House Chicago, we got the abbreviated tour. We would like to go back for th full tour in the future.

Thank Wendy M
Reviewed October 4, 2017 via mobile

Glessner House and Museum offers a treasure of an amazing artifact of the Prairie Street neighborhood. Imposing as a fortress-like mini-castle, you will see the amazing architectural work of HH Richardson. The $15 docent-led tour (waived on Wednesdays) gives you a thorough introduction to the...More

Thank Eric W
Reviewed September 19, 2017 via mobile

As a lifelong Chicagoan, believe me when I say that your time here is Much better spent visiting the Prairie Avenue district ( and Glessner House in Particular) than slogging around Navy Pier eating overpriced pizza slices and inhaling cinnamon nut fumes. This area is...More

1  Thank Gordon R
Reviewed September 8, 2017

Professor Carol Martin and I visited the Glessner House Museum in the Prairie Ave historic district. The house was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, a great but not enough generally well-known architect. Glessner, his wife, and two children + their 4 servants lived in this...More

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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
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Response from LUchicago | Reviewed this property |
We just entered the museum and paid for our admission and tour.
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May 28, 2016|
Response from LUchicago | Reviewed this property |
Hello, Yes, Wednesdays are free. Enjoy.