The Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture - Lecture and Exhibition
Nov
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture - Lecture and Exhibition

Glessner House Museum is delighted to welcome Judith Paine McBrien and John DeSalvo, AIA, the author and illustrator respectively of The Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture.  The event will begin with a reception and complimentary tours of the house at 6:00pm, followed by a talk at 7:00pm.  McBrien and DeSalvo will discuss their inspiration and process of creating the guide book series.  The exhibition, which will be open from 6:00 until 9:00pm, will focus on renderings of Glessner House and other Chicago landmarks from De Salvo's IIT rendering course plus his original illustrations for The Pocket Guide.

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Children's Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Dec
2
10:00am10:00am

Children's Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Be Your Own Architect!  Come create an architectural masterpiece at Glessner House Museum’s second annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party!  Decorate your own mini gingerbread house to take home.  All supplies are included.  We’ll have lots of helpers, so no previous decorating experience is necessary.  Based on the overwhelming popularity of last year’s party, we’re offering two event times this year, 10:00-11:30am and 1:00-2:30pm.  

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Children's Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Dec
2
1:00pm 1:00pm

Children's Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Be Your Own Architect!  Come create an architectural masterpiece at Glessner House Museum’s second annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party!  Decorate your own mini gingerbread house to take home.  All supplies are included.  We’ll have lots of helpers, so no previous decorating experience is necessary.  Based on the overwhelming popularity of last year’s party, we’re offering two event times this year, 10:00-11:30am and 1:00-2:30pm.  

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Christmas Candlelight Tour
Dec
2
5:30pm 5:30pm

Christmas Candlelight Tour

These special 45-minute docent led tours will highlight Christmas customs and decorations of the late 19th century. The house will feature elaborate decorations of the period including a live tree decorated with period ornaments, toys and holiday crafts, and the dining table set for an eight-course Christmas feast. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments in the coach house.  Tours start every fifteen minutes with the last tour starting at 6:45pm.

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Christmas Candlelight Tour
Dec
3
5:30pm 5:30pm

Christmas Candlelight Tour

These special 45-minute docent led tours will highlight Christmas customs and decorations of the late 19th century. The house will feature elaborate decorations of the period including a live tree decorated with period ornaments, toys and holiday crafts, and the dining table set for an eight-course Christmas feast. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments in the coach house.  Tours begin every fifteen minutes with the last tour starting at 6:45pm.

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Piano Recital of Christmas Carols by Kenneth Grigg
Dec
10
4:00pm 4:00pm

Piano Recital of Christmas Carols by Kenneth Grigg

Experience a late afternoon concert in the elegant parlor of Glessner house when pianist Kenneth Grigg performs traditional Christmas favorites on the Glessners’ 1887 Steinway piano.  The Glessners frequently entertained leading musicians from around the world in their home, and many of themperformed on this piano.  In this special concert, Grigg celebrates the season with his renditions of many of our most beloved Christmas carols amidst the rooms decorated for the holidays just as the Glessners would have done more than a century ago. 

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Looking at H. H. Richardson's "Other Chicago House"
Dec
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Looking at H. H. Richardson's "Other Chicago House"

While H.H. Richardson’s Glessner House is world famous, less well known is the Chicago house that he designed for the Glessners’ friends Franklin and Emily MacVeagh.  The MacVeagh House, which stood on North Lake Drive until it was demolished in 1922, had many similarities to Glessner House, but several key differences.  These two houses were both designed near the end of Richardson’s career, for clients who were a part of the same social world, but for clients who had very different goals in the building of their houses.  They give an excellent opportunity both to examine Richardson’s varied responses to his clients and to consider just what makes for a successful house.

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A Walk Through Time
Jun
10
1:00pm 1:00pm

A Walk Through Time

This very special tour provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes in the Prairie Avenue Historic District.  Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the museum for a reception and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

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