Glessner House Museum offers guided tours of Glessner House (1886), a National Historic Landmark and Clarke House (1836), the City's oldest surviving building located in the adjacent Chicago Women's Park and Gardens. Tours are led by trained docents and last approximately one hour in each house. All tours begin at our Visitor's Center located at Glessner House Museum and are timed so that the two houses may be toured back-to-back.
are open year-round, except for major holidays.
1:00 and 3:00 pm
at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm
July 21, 2013
August 18, 2013
September 15, 2013
(Tours begin at 2:00pm)
Also available by appointment for groups of 10 or more.
Starting Point: Glessner House Museum
for museum members
Check back often for details
on more exciting events and programs!
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PARKING
Parking is available for all special events (NOT regular tours or Prairie Avenue Walking Tours) in a parking lot located on the west side of Indiana Avenue, one block south of 18th Street. Look for signs that read "HOUSE MUSEUM PARKING ONLY." A greeter at the gate will provide you with the necessary parking permit when you arrive at the lot.
Tour the Mansions of Historic Prairie Avenue
A Walk Through Time
Sunday June 9, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00pm
$50 per person / $45 for museum members
Reservations suggested to 312-326-1480
This very special tour, the annual benefit for Glessner House Museum, presents attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes along Prairie Avenue. Visitors will be treated to a breath-taking array of beautifully carved wood moldings, leaded glass windows, and fireplaces in elaborate tile, mosaic, and marble.
The Glessner and Clarke House Museums are also included on the tour as well as historic Second Presbyterian Church, with its important arts and crafts interior and collection of stained glass windows including nine by Tiffany and two by the William Morris Studios.
Highlights of the tour including a dramatic two-story stair hall richly panelled, a stunning mahogany-clad music room illuminated by a stained glass dome, an elaborately carved fireplace faced in onyx, intricate parquet floors, and much more!
Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the coach house of Glessner House Museum for a reception and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.
Treasures from the Collection
6:30pm - reception; 7:00pm - program
This is your special opportunity to see items from the collection that are not on display for the general public. Textiles, silver, photographs, documents, and much more are brought out for this one evening just for our members. If you are not a member - join today in order to receive your invitation!
Tour: Lake Geneva and
the Dreihaus Estate
1:30 - 5:30pm
$50 per person
Prepaid reservations required to 312-326-1480, space limited
Explore the architecture and
landscape of Lake Geneva, summer home to many of Chicago's business and
social leaders for generations. The tour begins with a walk along
one of the finest sections of the shore path, led by Lake Geneva expert
John K. Notz, Jr., who will provide information on the homes, architects,
and landscape designers. After the walking tour, enjoy a private
interior tour of the Driehaus Estate, built in 1905 for Norman Harris
of Harris Bank, and originally known as Wadsworth Hall. The event
will conclude with a cocktail reception at the Estate. A very special
opportunity not to be missed!
Last Thursday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30am
Free for ladies and gents ages 10 and up
(Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Clarke House Museum,
1827 S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago
Tuesdays, June 18 -
August 6, 2013
Come every Tuesday this summer for a new adventure! Learn about life in early Chicago and on Prairie Avenue while making different craft projects. Recommended for ages 3 through 13, children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities will take place in the Coach House of the museum, please use the 18th Street entrance.
June 18: Mocassins
Before there were homes along Prairie Avenue, the area was inhabited by the Potawatomi. Sew your own traditional Native American footwear.
June 25: Decorative Tiles
William De Morgan crafted colorful tiles to brighten up the Glessner House. Paint a fancy tile to decorate your home.
July 2: Photo Fun
George Glessner was an amateur photographer who documented his house and neighborhood. Discover early photographic techniques.
July 9: Band Boxes
The Clarke family stored their belongings in paper-covered boxes. Construct your own from wallpaper scraps to keep your treasures safe.
July 16: Quilt Blocks
Early Chicago families made beautiful quilts to keep them warm. Learn about historic block patterns and recreate one. Or design your own!
July 23: Butter Making
Butter is a staple that the Clarke family would have made on a weekly basis. Help church some fresh butter to taste and share.
July 30: Dominoes
Mr. Glessner's company advertised their farm equipment on various items - even games! Build your own set and learn this classic game.
August 6: Gardening
Mrs. Glessner kept a large garden at her summer home in New Hampshire, called The Rocks. Learn about heirloom plants and grow your own herbs.
Campout in the Courtyard at Glessner House Museum
Co-sponsored by the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
Three chances to participate!
Friday evenings June 28, July 19, and August 9, 2013
Doors open at 4:00pm to set up tents.
$20/family of 2; $25/family of 3+ per evening
Snacks, kids beverages and breakfast included. Adult beverages BYOB.
BBQ dinner provided by Cafe Society - $5 per person.
Recommended for children ages 6-13, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
RSVP for one, two, or all three evenings! List your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice at www.pdnachicago.org.
Prepaid reservations required upon confirmation.
For more information, call the museum at 312.326.1480.
The great outdoors are right here in the heart of the Prairie District. Bring your tent and/or sleeping bag and spend a night under the stars with your friends playing games, making s'mores, and watching a movie. No worries about rain, we'll just move our festivities into the Coach House!
REGISTER NOW - LIMITED TENT SPACE AVAILABLE.