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Glessner House Museum

1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1320
+1 312-326-1480
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Fantastic!

This amazing home on the former mansion-lined Prairie Ave. still wows today. The hour long tour is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ElizabethGT
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Dublin, Ohio
Amazing South Loop Gem!

If you enjoy architecture and/or Chicago history, do not miss the Glessner House! During the hour... read more

Reviewed December 21, 2017
Vette112182
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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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 Victorian architecture, the structure served as an inspiration to architects such as Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and the young Frank Lloyd Wright and helped redefine domestic architecture.
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1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1320
South Loop
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"original furnishings"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 21, 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 9, 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 26, 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.

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Reviewed October 5, 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
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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

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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

Thank Richard S
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Reviewed September 8, 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
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Reviewed August 7, 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
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Reviewed June 29, 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
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jmhepker
August 13, 2016|
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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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Ronald N
May 28, 2016|
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Response from LUchicago | Reviewed this property |
Hello, Yes, Wednesdays are free. Enjoy.
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