|The Glessner House was built in 1886.|
Of all the architectural gems in Chicago, the Glessner House in the South Loop more than holds its own. Built in 1886 by famed American architect, Henry Hobson Richardson, the 17,000-square foot mansion at 1800 S. Prairie Ave. is situated on the same street as the homes of Marshall Field, Philip Armour, and George Pullman. Those three homes are no more, but the Glessner House, now a museum, is a window on this glamorous period in Chicago’s history.
|An outdoor reception set up in the courtyard|
Even though the Glessner House is a museum, it can be rented for weddings, meetings, and corporate functions. The coach house can accommodate up to 150 guests. During the warmer months, the courtyard can also accommodate 150 guests as well. For weddings, the former conservatory serves as a suite for the bride and bridal party. And because the house is a museum, special tours of the home can be part of any rental package.
|The Glessner dining room|
Perfect for Small, Intimate Gatherings
For smaller intimate events, consider the dining room. You can entertain up to 50 people for a sit-down dinner in this elegant setting. The Glessner’s storied dining room hosted some of the nineteenth century’s biggest celebrities, including famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso.
|The courtyard in the evening|
Seminar and Meeting Space
If you’re looking for a space for a meeting or seminar, the east parlor on the second floor is an ideal space. Within walking distance of McCormick Place, it’s the perfect location for an offsite meeting or reception.
|The home's architecture lends itself to some unique photographs.|
Neighborhood organizations like the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance and the Greater South Loop Association have found the Glessner House to be the perfect venue for their major events and fundraisers. The GSLA is having their Fall Classic event here on October 15, 2010 . The PDNA held their Toast of the South Loop event in the Glessner coach house and courtyard this past June.
|The PDNA hosted the Toast of the South Loop this past June.|
Lynne Mickle Smaczny, Assistant to the Director of the Glessner House Museum, manages museum rentals. She has plans and packages that can be customized to fit the needs of your family, group, or nonprofit organization.
For information on renting the Glessner House Museum for your reception or business meeting, call Ms. Smaczny at 312-326-1480 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.