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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Frances Glessner was known for her hospitality, and regularly welcomed friends to share a meal in the elegant dining room of her home. Guests included Prairie Avenue neighbors, business and social leaders, musicians, artists, authors, and university presidents and professors. In this illustrated lecture, curator William Tyre will explore what a guest would have experienced from the time they entered the front door until they left for the evening. Topics include drawing up the guest list and seating chart, selecting the menu, creating the table setting, themed dinners, after dinner entertainment, and highlights from Frances Glessner’s collection of more than 100 cookbooks which still reside on the shelves in the library. This event will also serve as the opening reception for the symposium “Nineteenth Century Kitchens and Dining,” taking place on Saturday November 9th, co-sponsored by the Victorian Society of America. Reception begins at 6:30pm; lecture at 7:15pm.

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Christmas Candlelight Tours
Dec
14
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Candlelight Tours

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 6:30pm.

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Christmas Candlelight Tours
Dec
15
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Candlelight Tours

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 6:30pm.

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A Walk Through Time
Jun
14
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 Glessner House courtyard for a reception featuring food and beverages, live jazz music, and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

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