Courtyard Concert:  Emily Hurd
Jul
25
5:30 PM17:30

Courtyard Concert: Emily Hurd

Pack your picnic, grab your blanket, and chill your favorite beverages, it’s time for Courtyard Concerts at Glessner House. Our first concert will feature acclaimed Chicago singer/songwriter Emily Hurd. Described by the Daily Gazette as "About equal parts Shawn Colvin (vocal beauty, heartland roots), Tori Amos (pianistic punch) and Maria Muldaur (bluesy buzz)” Hurd’s thoughtful lyrics and amazing voice is a perfect complement to a summer evening.

View Event →
Motor Row Walking Tour
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Motor Row Walking Tour

This walking tour down South Michigan Avenue will explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S.  At its peak in the early 20th century, over 100 different makes of automobiles were being sold in Motor Row.  More than sixty of the original showrooms survive today as the landmark Motor Row District, with examples by architects Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, Christian Eckstorm, Philip Maher, and Albert Kahn.

 

View Event →
Ice Cream Social to Celebrate Illinois' 200th Birthday!
Aug
26
2:00 PM14:00

Ice Cream Social to Celebrate Illinois' 200th Birthday!

The State of Illinois was granted statehood on August 26, 1818.  Come join us as we celebrate the state's bicentennial with an old-fashioned ice cream social in the beautiful Glessner House courtyard.  Ice cream and treats, a face painter and balloon twister, and games for the kids. FREE ADMISSION - generously sponsored by Lakeside Bank!

View Event →
Courtyard Concert:  18th Street Jazz Quartet
Aug
29
5:30 PM17:30

Courtyard Concert: 18th Street Jazz Quartet

Pack your picnic, grab your blanket, and chill your favorite beverages, it’s time for Courtyard Concerts at Glessner House. Our second concert will feature Chicago's 18th Street Jazz Quartet, which entertains audiences with a broad selection of jazz standards from the great American songbook tradition. Vocalist Suneetha Vaitheswaran, guitarist Paul DiLorenzo, bassist Oren Sreebny, and drummer Brian Koch imbue their performances with a spirit of fun and warmth.

View Event →
Motor Row Walking Tour
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Motor Row Walking Tour

This walking tour down South Michigan Avenue will explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S.  At its peak in the early 20th century, over 100 different makes of automobiles were being sold in Motor Row.  More than sixty of the original showrooms survive today as the landmark Motor Row District, with examples by architects Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, Christian Eckstorm, Philip Maher, and Albert Kahn.

View Event →
Tour: Walking the White City
Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

Tour: Walking the White City

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the “White City,” was considered so important in the history of Chicago that a star on the city’s flag was designated in its honor. It also was of national significance in the development of what came to be known as the “American Renaissance.”  To mark the 125th anniversary of the exposition, this walking tour of Jackson Park, with architect and historian John Waters, will locate the sites of landmarks of the fair, explore the fascinating vestiges of the fair that still remain, and show how the fair influenced the design of Jackson Park as we know it today. 

View Event →
Courtyard Concert:  Groove Alley
Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

Courtyard Concert: Groove Alley

Pack your picnic, grab your blanket, and chill your favorite beverages, it's time for Courtyard Concerts at Glessner House.  Our final concert will feature Groove Alley, a Chicago-based jazz combo that plays contemporary and retro groove arrangements.  Their rhythms create a hip, funky vibe that’s good for the soul.  For years, Groove Alley has been creating a lively, jammin’ jazz sound that pays homage to music masters such as Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, Marcus Miller, Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, The Crusaders and many others.

View Event →
Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement

Glessner House is internationally recognized as a pivotal work of architect H. H. Richardson.  But equally important is the significant collection of furniture and decorative arts that John and Frances Glessner selected and commissioned to furnish their home.  In these special behind-the-scenes tours, Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will showcase items from the collection that demonstrate Frances Glessner’s commitment to the tenets of the Arts & Crafts movement, both as a collector and as a talented silversmith, jewelry maker, and needle worker.  The work of Isaac E. Scott will be highlighted.  Over the course of  more than 40 years, Scott designed and executed countless pieces for the family, including furniture, picture frames, earthenware, pewter and embroidery designs.  These special tours are being presented for the first time in 2018 as partner programs with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.   To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org

 

View Event →
Rediscovering Chicago's Legendary Artist Edgar Miller
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Rediscovering Chicago's Legendary Artist Edgar Miller

Edgar Miller was a master craftsman as well as a conceptual artist, and was able to translate his ideas into nearly any medium.  During the height of his career in the 1920s and 1930s, Miller designed and executed two bohemian artist colony buildings known as Carl Street Studios and Kogen-Miller Studios.   Garnering more attention today is Miller’s Glasner Studio, one of his artistically rehabbed homes celebrated in Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home (City Files Press, 2009).  This lecture by Zac Bleicher, Executive Director of the Edgar Miller legacy, will hone in on a “best of” history of Miller’s broad and deep oeuvre and also discuss the preservation efforts to keep Miller’s incredibly unique history intact and vibrant for future generations to appreciate and learn from.  Co-sponsored by Friends of Historic Second Church.  This lecture is being presented as a partner program with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.  To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org. 

View Event →
Tour: The Fortnightly
Oct
9
5:30 PM17:30

Tour: The Fortnightly

The Bryan Lathrop House on East Bellevue Place was completed in 1893 by Charles F. McKim of the firm, McKim, Mead and White, leading architects of the World's Columbian Exposition.  The Georgian Revival house, with its curving bays, was a trendsetter, and foreshadowed the style's popularity in the Gold Coast. For nearly a century now, the house has been home to The Fortnightly, one of Chicago's oldest and most exclusive women's societies (Frances Glessner was a long-time member).  Our very special tour will explore the house, the history of The Fortnightly, and the extensive restoration work that has preserved this architectural treasure.

View Event →
Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue

Tales of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely endings await as you explore Prairie Avenue after dark! During this 60 minute walking tour through the Prairie Avenue Historic District, learn about the mystery surrounding the death of Marshall Field Jr., the tragic events that plagued the Philander Hanford house, the lingering ghost of Edson Keith, and more - if you dare!  Pre-paid reservations required.

View Event →
Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue

Tales of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely endings await as you explore Prairie Avenue after dark! During this 60 minute walking tour through the Prairie Avenue Historic District, learn about the mystery surrounding the death of Marshall Field Jr., the tragic events that plagued the Philander Hanford house, the lingering ghost of Edson Keith, and more - if you dare!  Pre-paid reservations required.

View Event →
The World's Columbian Exposition in Music and Story
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

The World's Columbian Exposition in Music and Story

Step back in time 125 years to relive the grandeur and majesty that was the World's Columbian Exposition.  The Fair was attended by 27 million people between May and October 1893 and secured Chicago's place as a world-class city.  This very special performance will feature musical selections related to the fair, performed on the historic 4 manual Austin organ of Second Presbyterian Church by its music director Michael Shawgo.  Commentary during the performance will provide a rich variety of stories about the Fair and its impact on Chicago and the world.

View Event →
Lofty Ambition: Charles L. Hutchinson and the Making of the Art Institute
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Lofty Ambition: Charles L. Hutchinson and the Making of the Art Institute

Established in 1879 from the remnants of a foundering art academy, Chicago’s first distinguished museum grew into a sturdy institution largely through the efforts of Charles L. Hutchinson, who served as its president from 1882 until his death in 1924.  A son of Prairie Avenue and a leading banker, he might have devoted his life to building a great personal fortune.  Instead, as a friend observed, “He had a loftier ambition than accumulating millions.”  Author and cultural historian Celia Hilliard will review the public and private life of this influential citizen who did much to educate and elevate local taste and promote Chicago’s emergence as a world city.  This is the third in a series of four lectures being presented in 2018 as partner programs with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.  To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org.  

 

View Event →
Study Tour: Boston and the Nutshell Studies
Nov
12
to Nov 17

Study Tour: Boston and the Nutshell Studies

Join us this November for an incredible opportunity to explore the architecture of Henry Hobson Richardson in the city where he rose to become the first nationally respected architect in the U.S.  Focusing on his most significant commissions, and selected works of his contemporaries, participants will gain a greater insight into Richardson’s design aesthetic, and understand why he quickly rose to become the most significant American architect in the late 19th century.   Numerous sites are included, including private opportunities not offered to the general public. The tour will also include a rare opportunity see Frances Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death which will be on public display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from October 2018 through January 2019.  This may well be the last time the Nutshells are publicly shown, due to their fragile condition.

View Event →
Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement

Glessner House is internationally recognized as a pivotal work of architect H. H. Richardson.  But equally important is the significant collection of furniture and decorative arts that John and Frances Glessner selected and commissioned to furnish their home.  In these special behind-the-scenes tours, Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will showcase items from the collection that demonstrate Frances Glessner’s commitment to the tenets of the Arts & Crafts movement, both as a collector and as a talented silversmith, jewelry maker, and needle worker.  The work of Isaac E. Scott will be highlighted.  Over the course of  more than 40 years, Scott designed and executed countless pieces for the family, including furniture, picture frames, earthenware, pewter and embroidery designs.  These special tours are being presented for the first time in 2018 as partner programs with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.   To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org

 

 

View Event →
Christmas Candlelight Tour
Dec
8
5:30 PM17:30

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.

View Event →
Christmas Candlelight Tour
Dec
9
5:30 PM17:30

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.

View Event →
A Walk Through Time
Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

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 with live jazz music, appetizers from local restaurants, and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

View Event →