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Glessner House Museum

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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 1 week ago

I visited Chicago this past weekend with family and friends, and it turned out to be a mostly architecture visit! We toured at least 3 or 4 historic buildings, one of which was the Glessner House. I was excited about the tour, because I knew...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Alexis B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Upon entering at 10am on a Saturday my family and I were greeted with a curse “may I help you?” As though we were trespassing. Tourist be sure to fully review the times and requirements before entering as the “greeter” will piss you off. My...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Raleigh198
Reviewed April 14, 2019

The John J. Glessner House, virtually all that remains of the once magnificent Prairie Avenue Historic District, which featured the Gilded Age homes of Chicago's most famous families, is an architecturally important 19th century residence. Located at 1800 South Prairie Avenue on Chicago's South Side,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed March 17, 2019

An easy train ride + walk south from the Loop. One of just a few remaining examples of the great mansions along Prairie Ave. Looks like a fortress from the outside, but very interesting interior and French chateau look in its courtyard at the back....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Bill J
Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

Really cool house whose architecture shocked this at one time wealthy(is again)neighborhood. Very professional and enthusiastic staff and guide. Just around the corner is the Clark house museum, and a park with the possible site of the fort Dearborn massacre—-battle to be correct. Where William...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 10, 2019

A wonderful piece of Chicago history. It was all decked out for the holidays (great time to visit). Hear about the history and enjoy the splendor of mansion.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 18, 2018

Enjoyed an excellent docent led tour on a beautiful December afternoon. Was able to be outside for a bit also. This tour is about the wealthy in Chicago back in the late 1800s-early 1900s and how they lived. Just south of the loop in Chicago....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Michael K
Reviewed December 12, 2018

My husband and I went to one of the special Christmas Candlelight tours offered on a Saturday and Sunday in December. The tour was in the evening, so we were able to see how the house looked at night with 18th century lighting! The house...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank elizabetha122
Reviewed December 7, 2018

Very Interesting house museum with major historical significance. The tour is quite interesting and tour guide is very well prepared. They have free tours on Wednesdays and the did this free tour despite the fact, that only two people arrived at tour time.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

A visit to this museum and a guided tour through the house gave us so much interesting and important information about Chicago and the Prairie Avenue Historic District. We highly recommend it to anyone with any interest at all in architecture and Chicago’s history.

Date of experience: November 2018
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August 12, 2016|
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Response from LUchicago | Reviewed this property |
We just entered the museum and paid for our admission and tour.
May 28, 2016|
Response from LUchicago | Reviewed this property |
Hello, Yes, Wednesdays are free. Enjoy.