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Glessner House Museum

Museums, History Near South Side
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Glessner House
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Anchoring the Prairie Avenue Historic District, this enduring structure is the only Henry Hobson Richardson home left in the city. Romanesque, fortresslike and defined by medieval architecture typified by rough-hewn stone and arched entryways, it had a notable influence on the early careers of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. Tours are free on Wednesdays. 


Venue name: Glessner House Museum
Address: 1800 S Prairie Ave
Cross street: at 18th St
Opening hours: Tours Wed–Sun at 11:30pm, 1pm and 2:30pm
Transport: El stop: Red to Cermak/Chinatown. Bus: 3, 4, 24, 62.
Price: $15, seniors and students $12, children (5-12) $8
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A lot of Chicago history starts in the South Loop. Glessner House is a survivor of the city's original Gold Coast. A time capsule from Chicago's gilded age, Glessner House is filled with original furnishings and works of art.

Glessner House is a great chance to learn about Chicago history and the Prairie Avenue Historic District. I love being able to see the restored interior with 90% of the Glessner's original belongings. Such a beautiful and inspiring place!