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Glessner House Museum

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1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

December 2017

Adult Gingerbread Decorating Competition!

December 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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Show off your construction skills at our 2017 Gingerbread Architecture Competition! You don’t need to bring anything – just show up and create. We’ll supply materials and refreshments. You’ll have two hours to realize your confectionery architectural masterpiece. No experience with gingerbread construction? No problem. Unfamiliar construction technology has never stopped architects before! Prizes will be awarded for the top…

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March 2018

Lasting Legacies: The Grande Dames of Chicago

March 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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$10.00

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Glessner House Museum will host a lecture entitled The Grande Dames of Chicago on Wednesday March 14, 2018 at 7:00pm at the museum, located at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. Hear remarkable stories of the Grande Dames, socialites, and philanthropists who led fascinating lives in the prestigious neighborhoods of Prairie…

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December 2018

Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating Party @ Glessner House

December 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm CST
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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Be Your Own Architect!  Come create a holiday masterpiece at Glessner House’s third annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party!  Create your own mini gingerbread house to take home.  All supplies are included.  We’ll have lots of helpers, so no previous decorating experience is necessary.  We’re offering two event times, 10:00-11:30am and 1:00-2:30pm. Select time at checkout. Advance registration is required as space and…

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Gingerbread Architecture Competition @ Glessner House

December 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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Assemble your team of friends and show off your construction skills at our 2018 Gingerbread Architecture Competition!  We’ll supply materials and refreshments, you can just show up and create your dream home (feel free to bring more supplies if you want, but everything must be edible).  You’ll have two hours to realize your confectionery architectural masterpiece.  No experience with graham…

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Christmas Candlelight Tours @ Glessner House

December 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CST
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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These special 45-minute docent led tours will highlight Christmas customs and decorations of the late 19th century. The house will feature elaborate decorations of the period including a live tree decorated with period ornaments, toys and holiday crafts, and the dining table set for an eight-course Christmas feast. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments in the coach house.  Tours start…

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Christmas Candlelight Tours @ Glessner House

December 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CST
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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These special 45-minute docent led tours will highlight Christmas customs and decorations of the late 19th century. The house will feature elaborate decorations of the period including a live tree decorated with period ornaments, toys and holiday crafts, and the dining table set for an eight-course Christmas feast. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments in the coach house.  Tours start…

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March 2019

Frances Glessner Lee Birthday Gala – Glessner House

March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm CDT
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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$250

Glessner House will launch Frances Glessner Lee Week with this black-tie dinner party held in the coach house and dining room. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, and a special program about Frances Glessner Lee. Included is a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the first phase of restoration of her bedroom and recognition of the generous donor who made…

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Frances Glessner Lee Birthday Party – Glessner House

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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$75.00

This celebration, held on the 141st anniversary of the birth of Frances Glessner Lee, will serve as the official public opening of the first phase of restoration of her childhood bedroom. The event will include hors d’oeuvres and beverages, music, tours of the restoration, recognition of the donor, and birthday cake, of course! Plus Lee’s meticulously detailed miniature model of…

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Anatomy of a Restoration – Glessner House

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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Lecture Anatomy of a Restoration Wednesday, March 27, 2019 7:00 PM 8:30 PM Glessner House (map) Restoration of historic buildings requires an extensive tool kit. Part art, part science, and entirely creative, accurate restoration involves planning, research, engineering, recreation, preservation, and much more. This presentation will examine restoration from top to bottom with a deep look at our Fanny Glessner…

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Screening of Mystery Street – Glessner House

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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$12 – $15

Frances Glessner Lee was instrumental in launching the field of forensic science through her endowment of the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1932 (the first in the country). In 1950, director John Sturges’ film noir classic Mystery Street, starring Ricardo Montalban, featured the Harvard forensics department in the solution of a diabolical murder and blackmail detective…

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Murder in a Nutshell – Glessner House

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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$20 – $25

You are invited to become the detective as we venture deep inside Frances Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Using Lee’s written crime scene descriptions and detailed photographs, members of the audience will work together to unravel the clues Lee placed in the models and try to determine - was it suicide, accidental death, or murder?? $25 per person…

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May 2019

Glessner House For All Time: The Promise of Chicago’s Uptown Theatre

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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$10.00

As the owner and developer begin their publicly and privately funded $75 million restoration, we look at the Uptown's initial construction and use, its decades of disuse and deferred maintenance, and the potential it has to become one of Chicago's most tremendous historic preservation comeback stories. Our speaker is Andy Pierce, a Chicago journalist and photographer who helped found Friends…

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The Architecture of Glessner House

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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$20 – $25

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House.This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic. Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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