About Glessner House Museum

Glessner House Museum offers guided tours of Glessner House (1886), a National Historic Landmark. Tours are led by trained docents and last approximately 75 minutes.  All tours begin at our Visitor's Center located inside the main Prairie Avenue entrance.  Please see Glessner House Tours for tour times and admission fees.

Tours of the John J. 'Jack' Simmerling Gallery of Prairie Avenue History showcasing his artwork and architectural artifacts gathered over six decades are also offered by appointment.

We are open year-round, except for major holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Like house museums? Then you'll love At Home in Chicago!

Glessner House Museum is a proud member of At Home in Chicago, a group of historic house museums that have banded together to tell Chicago’s stories in a new way.

At Home in Chicago is a diverse family of more than twenty former residences spanning nearly 180 years of the region’s history. Each house museum, with its distinctive architecture and collections, is a living artifact of the fascinating lives of people who shaped, or were shaped by, the city. Large or small, famous or idiosyncratic, each has a unique and essential story to tell.

Bringing them together for the first time, At Home in Chicago makes planning your visit easy. But this is also a journey of discovery, and a chance to explore the unexpected common threads—cultural, historical, architectural—that knit us together.

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American Architecture and Landscape Field Trip Program

Glessner House Museum is proud to announce a new partnership with the Society of Architectural Historians for the 2016-2017 school year.  Utilizing a grant of from the Society's American Architecture and Landscape Field Trip Program, the Museum will offer tours of Glessner House Museum to third grade students from underserved neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side.  Tours will examine how architecture and design impact our every day lives, and will give students the opportunity to explore and learn from the perspective of the various people who would have occupied and visited the house during the Glessners' occupancy.  A historically-based craft activity will allow students to take what they learned about design to create their own piece combining 19th century origins with a 21st century twist.

Staff Directory

Please call (312) 326-1480 for all staff members.

William Tyre
Executive Director & Curator

Michele Rudnick

Gwen Carion
Tour Coordinator

Board of Directors

Barbara Gordon, President
Nina Botting Herbst, Vice President
Deb Carey, Treasurer
Mary Woolever, Secretary
Rolf Achilles
David Bea
Mary Glerum
Beth Johnson
Eric Keune
Mary Kay Marquisos
Barry Sears
Tanya Silvio
Tori Simms

Ex-Officio Members
Rosemary Garrett, Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
Jennifer Masengarb, Chicago Architecture Foundation
Bonnie McDonald, Landmarks Illinois
Karen Oliver, Glessner House Museum Docent Council
Pauline Saliga, Society of Architectural Historians
John Waters, Glessner House Museum House & Collections Committee