Glessner House is located at 1800 South Prairie Avenue, on the southwest corner of Prairie Avenue and 18th Street. Prairie Avenue is two blocks east of Michigan Avenue and 18th Street is two miles south of downtown Chicago.  When you arrive at the house, enter through the front door facing Prairie Avenue; the Visitors Center is immediately inside to your right.

Public Transportation and Taxis

From outlying neighborhoods, take any inbound bus or subway/elevated line into the Chicago downtown “Loop” area. Once in the downtown area, walk to Michigan Avenue and catch the #3 King Drive or #4 Cottage Grove bus. Ride the bus southbound to the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue and 18th Street. Walk 2 blocks east to the Glessner House Visitors Center.  

We are also just a 12-minute walk from the new Green Line Cermak/McCormick Place station and a 15-minute walk from either the Cermak-Chinatown or Roosevelt stations on the Red Line.  Call 312.836.7000 or visit for further public transit travel information.

Due to our proximity to McCormick Place, taxis are easily obtained by walking two blocks west to the corner of 18th Street and Michigan Avenue.


Renting a bike is a great way to visit Glessner and explore the area. A Divvy station is located one block east of the House at 18th Street and Calumet Avenue. A second station is two blocks west of the House at 18th Street and Michigan Avenue.


Parking near Glessner House is limited. There is on-street parking on 18th Street and Indiana Avenue. Metered parking is available on Michigan Avenue.  The remaining streets are zoned for resident permit parking only.  If visiting the museum during a Soldier Field or Wintrust Arena event, please stop in the Visitors Center to obtain a parking placard before parking.

Pre-paid parking reservations may be scheduled in advance via these services:

Nearby Accomodations

Three hotels are located within easy walking distance of Glessner House:

Hiltons at McCormick Place
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Marriott Marquis Chicago

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