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“The house responds: it seems available for almost any social function.”
John Glessner, The Story of a House



Have your special day at a special place—Glessner House Museum!

Glessner House Museum invites you to experience a gracious venue steeped in Chicago history. Tucked away in the Prairie Avenue Historic District of Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, Glessner House provides a distinctive alternative to hotels and banquet halls. The Museum offers rental space for meetings, private parties, corporate events, and is one of Chicago's most distinctive wedding venues. A variety of spaces help make Glessner House Museum ideal for your event.

Please call 312.326.1480 for rental details and pricing information or email inquiries to Discounts are available for not-for-profit organizations.

We have several preferred caterers for you to choose from who can provide a variety of packages to meet your wishes and budget.  Full-service catering is required for all events serving alcohol.

D'Absolute Events and Catering

LM Catering

Limelight Catering

Blue Plate Catering

Exclusive equipment rental through Classic Party Rentals.

Exclusive lighting and fabric design by Art of Imagination.  The possibilities are endless!

Donwloadable forms and information:

Rental Inquiry Form

Rental rates - weddings

Rental rates - parties

Rental rates - meetings

Floor plans

Rooms and general rules

See Glessner House as featured in MagnetStreet Weddings, in an article about the rising trend in museums hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions. 



The Courtyard

4700 sq. ft.

Capacity: Seated - 150, Cocktail - 200

The enclosed and private Courtyard is one of the jewels in the Glessner House crown. A peaceful outdoor retreat, it is the perfect setting for a large corporate party of wedding reception. This child-friendly space, which can be tented, is also ideal for outdoor birthday parties and other family celebrations.

The Coach House

1778 sq. ft.

Capacity: Seated - 100, Cocktail - 125

This unique room originally served as the Glessners’ stables and carriage house.  Now it is a large, open space filled with historic details and character - perfect for your next event.  A wonderful setting for dinners, special receptions and corporate events, it can be rented in combination with our Courtyard or as an alternative for rainy weather.



The Dining Room

485 sq. ft.

Capacity: Seated - 40, Cocktail - 50

With a curved bay of windows that overlooks the Courtyard, this historic space is the only one available for rental on the museum's first floor.  It can be used for a private dinner, small wedding ceremony, or shower.  The 1887 Steinway piano in the adjacent Parlor can be rented for musical entertainment during your event.

The Conservatory

505 sq. ft.

Capacity: Lecture - 40, Board Room - 20

Once an all-glass conservatory, this space is ideal for small parties, lectures, retreats, conferences, or general meetings. The room's octagonal shape, vaulted ceiling, and beautiful view of the Courtyard, make it a unique choice for any event. This space, also known as the Beidler room, can also serve as a "Wedding Suite" or other event staging area.

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