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Glessner House Free Tours on Wednesdays
August 21 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm CDT
An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until December 18, 2019
An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 18, 2019
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 18, 2019
Glessner House offers guided tours of the fully restored building, a National Historic Landmark. Tours are led by trained docents and last approximately 75 minutes. Self-guided tours are not available. All tours begin at the Visitors Center located inside the main Prairie Avenue entrance.
In recognition of Hamilton: The Exhibition, currently open on nearby Northerly Island, we have two Hamilton-related items on display. A brass fireplace grate comes from Hamilton’s Manhattan home, The Grange, and was acquired by the Glessners about 1898. Also, a two-volume set of the private journal of Aaron Burr, published in 1905 and presented to John Glessner that year by the author. Items may be viewed as part of regular public tours through Sunday August 25, 2019.
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 the young Frank Lloyd Wright and helped redefine domestic architecture.
Wednesday through Sunday
Visitors Center and Museum Store open 11:00am to 4:00pm
Tours at 11:30am, 1:00pm, and 2:30pm
Guided tours are limited to 15 people per tour on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis. Advance reservations for regular public tours are not accepted. All tours begin at our Visitors Center located inside the main Prairie Avenue entrance.
NOTE: Tour groups, school groups, family units, senior citizen/group home outings, etc. numbering eight (8) individuals or more must pre-register for a Custom Tour. Parties of this size are not eligible for free admission on Wednesdays.
We are open year-round, except for New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.