Glessner House Tours

Glessner House offers guided tours of the fully restored building, a National Historic Landmark. Tours are led by trained docents and last approximately 75 minutes.  Self-guided tours are not available. All tours begin at the Visitors Center located inside the main Prairie Avenue entrance. 

Take a virtual tour of Glessner House!

Special Exhibit
In recognition of Hamilton: The Exhibition, currently open on nearby Northerly Island, we have two Hamilton-related items on display. A brass fireplace grate comes from Hamilton’s Manhattan home, The Grange, and was acquired by the Glessners about 1898. Also, a two-volume set of the private journal of Aaron Burr, published in 1905 and presented to John Glessner that year by the author. Items may be viewed as part of regular public tours through Sunday August 25, 2019.

Glessner House

A National Historic Landmark, Glessner House was designed by noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson and completed in 1887. It remains an internationally-known architectural treasure in Chicago. A radical departure from traditional Victorian architecture, the structure served as an inspiration to the young Frank Lloyd Wright and helped redefine domestic architecture.

Tour Times

Wednesday through Sunday
Visitors Center and Museum Store open 11:00am to 4:00pm
Tours at 11:30am, 1:00pm, and 2:30pm

Guided tours are limited to 15 people per tour on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis. Advance reservations for regular public tours are not accepted. All tours begin at our Visitors Center located inside the main Prairie Avenue entrance.

NOTE:  Tour groups, school groups, family units, senior citizen/group home outings, etc. numbering eight (8) individuals or more must pre-register for a Custom Tour. Parties of this size are not eligible for free admission on Wednesdays. 

We are open year-round, except for New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. 

Ticket Prices

Wednesdays: Admission is free. 

Thursday through Sunday:
Adult:                         $15.00
Senior (60+):             $12.00
Student:                     $12.00
Child (age 5 -12):       $ 8.00
No charge for children under 5 years of age.

We accept American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.

Tours are always free for members of Glessner House and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Visitors are welcome to photograph the exterior and interior of our house museums for their own personal enjoyment. Flash photography and use of tripods is prohibited. In addition, video or audio taping of the tour or other educational programs is also prohibited.

We encourage you to share your photos on our social media accounts! Please tag us.