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Glessner House Museum

1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1320
+1 312-326-1480
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Glessner House Museum

Visited last week. What a surprise inside - original back to 1887. Excellent tour of the home and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John H
An Architectural Gem

What looks like a fortress on the outside contains one of Chicago's coziest mansions. Built by... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1320
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+1 312-326-1480
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank pookala
Reviewed 10 December 2016

This house is in a wonderful area called Prairie Ave.This is a house that is a architectural gem,not to be missed.It was built in 1887 and is regarded as a residential masterpiece.H.H.Richardson was the architect.The house is filled with the original furniture which shows the...More

1  Thank Paula R
Reviewed 3 December 2016

A National Historic Landmark, this was completed in 1887. It is regarded as the urban residental masterpiece of H. H. Richardson, ,America's most important 19th century architect. It's filled with original furnishings, and really shows life in that age of Chicago. It's located 2 mi....More

Thank 197marian
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Unfortunately I toured the Glessner as part of "Open House Chicago". It was great to get a free sneak peek, but it was over-crowded and some of the volunteer guides were cranky (library). However, it would be worth going there for a proper tour, as...More

Thank Debra N
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Wonderful tour of a masterpiece of American architecture. The house is a fascinating study of a late 19th century family, and the building is intriguing. The museum has removed the stanchions and has allowed visitors to truly experience the spaces.

Thank Vivgoesvroom
Reviewed 30 July 2016

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...More

Thank Teresa M
Reviewed 11 June 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!

Thank LMFMarlboro
Reviewed 28 May 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...More

Thank john592
Reviewed 13 May 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...More

Thank eec317
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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How do I buy a ticket to the Prairie Avenue/Glessner house tour?
13 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
are there free addmision days
28 May 2016|
Response from LUchicago | Reviewed this property |
Hello, Yes, Wednesdays are free. Enjoy.