Clarke House Museum
If you’re a true Chicago history geek, a visit to the city’s oldest residence is a must. The house museum is located in the South Loop in the Prairie Avenue Historic District. If you were among those who lived in the district in the 1800s, you were from some of Chicago’s most important families (think the Fields or the Pullmans).
Take a tour of the home Wednesday through Saturday and learn about what life was like for a middle class family in the 19th century. Built in 1836 for Henry Clarke before the Civil War, the house survived two moves and multiple different owners. The building was even suspended in mid-air for two weeks because of a equipment malfunction during one of the moves! The house is just blocks away from the Glessner House Museum, and a combo tour is available if you want to check out both residences. Take a stroll around the Prairie Avenue District and through the Women’s gardens to truly get a feel for old Chicago.
Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs operates and maintains the house. It is a Chicago Historical Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. The Greek Revival home is restored but retains much of the original furnishings.
Docents lead the tours and are very knowledgeable about the history of the home. If you have a larger group attending a tour, alert the staff ahead of time — they will tailor the tour to your specific needs and historical interests. The house is also available for special events.
Location: 1827 S. Indiana
Phone: (312) 745-0040
Admission Hours & Prices:
Tours are Wednesday through Sunday at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays are free
Glessner House or Clarke House
Adult – $10.00
Student/Senior – $9.00
Children (ages 5 -12) – $6.00
Combo Tour (Glessner AND Clarke)
Children (ages 5 -12) $8.00
No charge for children under 5 years of age.
The Clarke House is open for tours year round except for Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
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