Historic Preservation at 50
Oct
8
9:00 am09:00

Historic Preservation at 50

  • Glessner House Museum

Join Glessner House Museum, in partnership with Landmarks Illinois, AIA Chicago, and Friends of Historic Second Church as we celebrate one of the first great preservation success stories in Chicago, explore why we continue to save old buildings in the 21st century, and generate broad input into the future of historic preservation, its role in society now and for generations to come.

ART EXHIBIT OPENING: Domicile - Architecture of Home
Oct
14
6:00 pm18:00

ART EXHIBIT OPENING: Domicile - Architecture of Home

  • Glessner House Museum

Random Acts of Gallery will install an exhibition in our coach house focusing on art which is informed and inspired by Chicago architecture.  Artists, working in a variety of two-dimensional media, will capture elements of the city’s legendary architect that are personal to them.  Come explore how architecture such as Glessner House continues to inspire in the 21st century!

LECTURE: Preservation Pays
Oct
18
7:00 pm19:00

LECTURE: Preservation Pays

  • Glessner House Museum

Historic preservation enhances communities and lifts the spirit, but it also rewards those committed to rehabbing historic buildings. Architectural historian Susan Benjamin will present a program featuring tax projects for several Chicago-area buildings. Susan has landmarked these properties and helped owners receive well-deserved tax incentives for their efforts.

PRESERVATION SNAPSHOT: The Future of Historic House Museums
Oct
20
12:15 pm12:15

PRESERVATION SNAPSHOT: The Future of Historic House Museums

  • Roosevelt University, Murray-Green Library

Landmarks Illinois president Bonnie McDonald will lead this panel discussion exploring how historic house museums can remain relevant and sustainable in the 21st century and how they contribute to the broader trends in historic preservation. 

PRIVATE TOUR: Tilt Mansion - Booth Manor
Oct
22
10:00 am10:00

PRIVATE TOUR: Tilt Mansion - Booth Manor

  • The Salvation Army College for Officer Training

This extraordinary home was constructed in 1913-1914 from plans by Holabird & Roche for Joseph E. Tilt, the owner of a major shoe company, boasts elaborate public spaces, fourteen bedrooms, seventeen fireplaces, a billiard room, wine cellar, and gym.  Since 1920, it has served as the training headquarters for The Salvation Army, which recently completed a major restoration. Don't miss this rare opportunity to tour one of Chicago's most elegant homes!  

30th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Readings
Oct
29
5:00 pm17:00

30th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Readings

  • Glessner House Museum

Squirm in your seats as actors from Lifeline Theatre present staged readings of Poe's terrifying stories and poetry. A Glessner House tradition for three decades and an evening not to be missed. Don't wait, tickets sell out fast!

Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue
Oct
29
7:00 pm19:00

Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue

  • Glessner House Museum

Tales of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely endings await as you explore Prairie Avenue after dark! Learn about the mystery surrounding the death of Marshall Field Jr., the tragic events that plagued the Philander Hanford house and more - if you dare!

Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue
Oct
29
8:15 pm20:15

Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue

  • Glessner House Museum

Tales of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely endings await as you explore Prairie Avenue after dark! Learn about the mystery surrounding the death of Marshall Field Jr., the tragic events that plagued the Philander Hanford house and more - if you dare!

Victorian American Shakespeare
Nov
6
2:00 pm14:00

Victorian American Shakespeare

  • Glessner House Museum

Shakespeare helped the British re-conquer America in the second half of the nineteenth century. The American Shakespeare increasingly shaped publishing, scholarship, civic activity, and education, on both sides of the Atlantic. And so Shakespeare’s conquest of America over the course of the nineteenth century paradoxically led Americans to help re-shape the culture of Britain.