For All Time: The Promise of Chicago's Uptown Theatre
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

For All Time: The Promise of Chicago's Uptown Theatre

Completed in 1925 as one of the nation’s largest movie palaces, the Uptown Theatre has languished for more than two decades. The recent announcement of a $75 million campaign to restore the theatre has the potential to make it one of Chicago’s most tremendous historic preservation comeback stories. Presented by journalist Andy Pierce, a founder of Friends of the Uptown.

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Ninth Annual Mother-Daughter Tea
May
4
11:30 AM11:30

Ninth Annual Mother-Daughter Tea

SOLD OUT! Experience high Victorian tea in the historic dining room of Glessner House!  Surrounded by beautiful oak paneling, a gilt ceiling, and a fireplace clad in exotic Persian tiles, attendees will be treated to a traditional high tea with fine china, silver, and an assortment of delicious treats.  Invite your mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, or good friend for what promises to be a most memorable experience.  Seatings at 11:30am and 2:30pm.

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Howard Van Doren Shaw Symposium
May
11
8:30 AM08:30

Howard Van Doren Shaw Symposium

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw (May 7, 1869), this symposium brings together five scholars who will speak on various aspects of Shaw’s notable career. Known in his day as the most radical of the conservatives, and the most conservative of the radicals, Shaw’s style combined a variety of influences in new and innovative ways that make his buildings, ranging from country houses to manufacturing plants, distinctive and easily recognizable. Stuart Cohen, author of Inventing the New American House: Howard Van Doren Shaw, Architect, is the keynote speaker.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Private tour of Unity Temple with Gunny Harboe
May
30
5:30 PM17:30

Private tour of Unity Temple with Gunny Harboe

Frank Lloyd Wright referred to his design of Unity Temple as “my contribution to modern architecture.” As one of the first public buildings in the country to feature exposed concrete, and the last surviving building from Wright’s Prairie School period, it is, quite simply, an architectural masterpiece, “embodying the bold elegance, visionary experimentation, and functional integrity that characterize modern architecture.” A meticulous $20 million restoration, completed in 2017, has returned Unity Temple to its appearance as envisioned by Wright, down to the smallest detail. This very special tour will be led by preservation architect Gunny Harboe, who led the restoration effort. Learn all the details that go into restoring a Wright masterpiece!

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The Life and Work of Architect Ben Weese
Jun
4
6:30 PM18:30

The Life and Work of Architect Ben Weese

Architect Ben Weese, celebrating his 90th birthday on June 4th, initially followed his older brothers into the world of architecture, but soon emerged with an independent identity as both architect and urban planner that focused on his commitment to social responsibility. Ben and his brother Harry worked tirelessly to rescue and successfully save one of Chicago’s most important buildings - Glessner House. A decade later, he rose to prominence as a member of the “Chicago Seven,” a group of young architects that challenged the prominence of the Miesians by reclaiming the legacy of lesser-appreciated architects through writings and exhibitions. The lecture will be given by author and architectural historian Robert Bruegmann, who is currently writing a book on the architectural careers of Ben and his wife Cynthia. Architect Peter Landon, who worked in the Weeses’ office for ten years, will provide the introduction. This is the second offering in the Wilbert R. Hasbrouck Historic Preservation Lecture Series at Glessner House, generously funded by a gift from Paul and Margaret Lurie.  

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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.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Motor Row Walking Tour
Jul
13
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.

 

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Prairie Avenue Walking Tour
Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Prairie Avenue Walking Tour

This tour will take you down Chicago’s historic Prairie Avenue, once home to Marshall Field, George Pullman, and many other business and social leaders of the late 19th century. See photos of the houses that have been lost and view the surviving mansions. Highlights will include an interior tour of the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church with its collection of nine Tiffany windows.

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Motor Row Walking Tour
Aug
10
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.

 

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Prairie Avenue  Walking Tour
Aug
18
2:00 PM14:00

Prairie Avenue Walking Tour

This tour will take you down Chicago’s historic Prairie Avenue, once home to Marshall Field, George Pullman, and many other business and social leaders of the late 19th century. See photos of the houses that have been lost and view the surviving mansions. Highlights will include an interior tour of the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church with its collection of nine Tiffany windows.

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Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement
Sep
7
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.

 

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Motor Row Walking Tour
Sep
14
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.

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Prairie Avenue Walking Tour
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Prairie Avenue Walking Tour

This tour will take you down Chicago’s historic Prairie Avenue, once home to Marshall Field, George Pullman, and many other business and social leaders of the late 19th century. See photos of the houses that have been lost and view the surviving mansions. Highlights will include an interior tour of the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church with its collection of nine Tiffany windows.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement
Nov
2
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.

 

 

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Dec
21
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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