Chicago has no shortage of cultural activities with an incredible selection of museums that cater to everyone from art lovers to science enthusiasts. Another way to explore the cultural side of Chicago is at one of the city’s Chicago house museums.
These homes exhibit both the architecture of their time as well as a look into the lifestyle of former owners. Here are a few worth visiting in Chicago.
Charnley-Persky House Museum
Firstly, set in the Gold Coast neighborhood, the Charnley-Persky House Museum is the former home of a Chicago lumber family. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the mansion was built in 1892. Two notable architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan designed it. Recognized as a prime example of true modern American architecture, this three-story brick and stone building today serves as a year-round museum.
Frederick C. Robie House
Next, another example of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright is at the Frederick C. Robie House. Located in Hyde Park, this house museum is also listed as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. It was designed in the early 1900s for the Robie family, and the home was finally completed in 1911. Many historians believe that the Frederick C. Robie House represents the essence of Wright’s belief in “organic architecture” with its use of clean lines that blend in with the natural landscape.
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum