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Glessner House Museum

1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1320
+1 312-326-1480
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Victorian Treasure accessible of South Michigan Ave

Glessner House and Museum offers a treasure of an amazing artifact of the Prairie Street... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Eric W
Arlington, Virginia
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Do Not Miss This When Visiting!

As a lifelong Chicagoan, believe me when I say that your time here is Much better spent visiting... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gordon R
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Hours Today: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1320
South Loop
+1 312-326-1480
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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

Thank Gordon R
Reviewed 8 September 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

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Last tour of the day and the docent still led an enthusiastic and spirited tour, helpfully taking questions and expounding on the family, the architect and present day descendants - or rather their abiding interest in the property. Nice to hear. Well furnished and decorated...More

Thank scott r
Reviewed 6 August 2017

John J. Glessner was one of the richest men in Chicago, a partner in a prestigious law firm and a founder of International Harvester. But he is known primarily for his house, now the Glessner House Museum, which is an architecturally important 19th century residence...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 28 June 2017

This past weekend I was the Day-Of Coordinator for a Wedding at the Glessner House and Museum, and I was blown away by the team there! With their exclusive catering team and the House Manager on site, the day was run like a well-oiled machine....More

Thank Hayley H
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Beautiful house and lots of period furnishings. Docent was passionate about the house and the family history. Enjoyable short tour.

Thank chippie1977
Reviewed 28 May 2017

We toured this historic house and were glad we did. If you like furnishings or architecture you will appreciate the fantastic restoration done on this house. Many of the features and furnishings are original to the house. We also learned a lot about this time...More

Thank sullivus
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Visited last week. What a surprise inside - original back to 1887. Excellent tour of the home and understanding of the time in which it thrived. Actually too much to see in one tour. I will return to tour it again.

Thank John H
Reviewed 30 April 2017

What looks like a fortress on the outside contains one of Chicago's coziest mansions. Built by an agricultural industrialist and his wife, this home is a tribute to the Arts and Crafts movement, the handmade, and the celebration of individuality. The Glessners helped build Chicago...More

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