Glessner House is offering specialized, free tours for CPS third grade classes. The tours use the museum to explore concepts about architecture and design, social history of  late 19th and early 20th century Chicago, and how life in the earlier era compares today. The lessons are tailored to meet Illinois Learning Standards in Social Science, History and Art. 

The Time Travelers program is made possible by a grant from the
Society of Architectural Historians, American Architecture and Landscape Field Trip Program


Students will receive a uniquely designed tour followed by several activities chosen to reinforce what they've learned. Activities include:

  • Working with floor plans

  • Reflecting on the lives of people who lived and worked in the house, through writing and drawing

  • Planning and building a structure for themselves


Teachers will receive classroom materials in advance including:

  • Stories about the family and staff who lived in the house

  • Information about architecture and design

  • Background on the architect of the building

  • Pictures of the house and related buildings

  • Suggested lesson ideas

The tour and activities last 90 minutes, and there is space available at the museum for students to eat their lunches. 

Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To sign up for a tour or for more information please contact Gwen Carrion, Visitor Services Manager (gcarrion@glessnerhouse.org), or call 312-326-1480.




Glessner House will provide bus transportation to and from the Museum



 Glessner House will provide lesson plans and materials for teachers prior to your visit




Glessner House will provide docent-led tours focusing on history, architecture and design, and hands-on activities for the students

I liked the tour because it had so much history and I think these tours should go on as long as Glessner House stands”
— Student, Robert Healy Elementary