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.
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.
ON EXHIBIT March 27 - April 28, 2019
Frances Glessner Lee’s extraordinary model of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, created as a birthday gift for her mother and presented to her on January 1, 1913. The model features 74 musicians with their instruments, and music stands holding music handwritten by the music director at the time, Frederick Stock. On loan from the Rosenthal Archives of the CSO.
Wednesday through Sunday
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.
Wednesdays: Admission is free.
Thursday through Sunday:
Senior (60+): $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.