Clarke House Museum

Clarke House Museum Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, the Clarke House Museum is Chicago’s oldest house. Public museum promoting and interpreting Chicago's early history.
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Tours at the Clarke House Museum have been cancelled until further notice. Please refer to the Chicago Department of Pub...
04/24/2020
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Tours at the Clarke House Museum have been cancelled until further notice. Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s website chicago.gov/coronavirus, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.

Following recommendations from the CDC and the guidance of City and State officials, DCASE has announced the following:
•Special Event permits will not be issued for parades, athletic events or neighborhood festivals through May 30.
•The Chicago Film Office is not issuing permits for filming through May 30.
•DCASE venues include Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Clarke House Museum, Expo 72 and the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower are closed to the public. All events and programs are canceled through May 30.
•The opening of Chicago City Markets (scheduled for May 7) has been postponed until after May 30. Maxwell Street Market is closed through May 30.
•The Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony (scheduled for May 23) is canceled.
•Chicago In Tune, including the 4th Annual Chicago House Music Conference & Festival (scheduled for May 21–24), the 35th Chicago Gospel Music Festival (scheduled for May 27–30) and the 37th Annual Chicago Blues Festival (scheduled for June 5–7), is canceled.
•The Year of Chicago Music will extend into 2021.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
03/25/2020

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

DCASE understands the enormous economic impact the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) outbreak is having on our local arts community. The City of Chicago is aggressively exploring financial supports for this sector, and we will be in touch with those details very soon. In the meantime, please visit our Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) website for a new list of COVID-19 Arts Community Resources - a partial list of the many local and national efforts to support our artists and arts organizations.
👉https://bit.ly/3al1i1s

On behalf of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly, thank you again for your steadfastness, professionalism and inventiveness during this challenging time. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the City's website at www.cityofchicago.org/coronavirus. This site is updated several times daily by the Department of Public Health, led by Commissioner Allison Arwady, and will continue to be enhanced as we learn more about this challenge.

The health and safety of our visitors, event attendees and staff members remain our highest priority. As such, the Chica...
03/19/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The health and safety of our visitors, event attendees and staff members remain our highest priority. As such, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is closely monitoring developments around the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) and sharing safeguards and best practices as outlined by federal health authorities and state and local officials. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝟓. We are taking additional precautions – including increasing cleaning, sanitation, supplying hand sanitizer stations and encouraging guests and staff members who are sick to stay home. Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Heath’s website, chicago.gov/coronavirus, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.

Chicago Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) information Updates

The health and safety of our visitors, event attendees and staff members remain our highest priority. As such, the Chica...
03/13/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The health and safety of our visitors, event attendees and staff members remain our highest priority. As such, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is closely monitoring developments around the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) and sharing safeguards and best practices as outlined by federal health authorities and state and local officials. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐀𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐥 𝟏𝟐. We are taking additional precautions – including increasing cleaning, sanitation, supplying hand sanitizer stations and encouraging guests and staff members who are sick to stay home. Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Heath’s website, chicago.gov/coronavirus, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.

Chicago Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) information Updates

Attention: Clarke House will be closed Wednesday, December 25 through Wednesday, January 1.We will open for tours beginn...
12/21/2019

Attention: Clarke House will be closed Wednesday, December 25 through Wednesday, January 1.
We will open for tours beginning on January 3, 2020.

Come one, come all via Open House Chicago 2019
10/05/2019
Open House Chicago — Clarke House Museum

Come one, come all via Open House Chicago 2019

Take a tour of Clarke House Museum—Chicago’s oldest house—as part of Open House Chicago, presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Honored that Governor JB Pritzker held this wonderful occasion right at our front door!
08/01/2019

Honored that Governor JB Pritzker held this wonderful occasion right at our front door!

The gender pay gap is prevalent, pervasive and persistent.

So today, in Chicago’s Women’s Park – just steps from the headquarters of the United States Soccer Federation – I’m signing a bill to help ensure women get equal pay for equal work here in Illinois.

The hiring process serves one purpose and one purpose alone: finding the best person for the job at hand.

It’s no longer acceptable to wring quality work out of capable women at a discounted rate.

This law is about the kind of state we want to become – a state where we are not devaluing half our workforce simply because they’re women.

Change won’t come overnight, but it will come sooner because of what we do here today.

I hope Illinois can set an example today.

Just this week, U.S. Soccer defended their decision to compensate female players at lower rates than men despite their substantially higher success rate – an act so questionable that the men’s team itself said was inequitable and unfair.

As I sign this strengthened Illinois Equal Pay Act into law, we are declaring that one’s history should not dictate one’s future, that no person should be held back from earning what their true value because of how much money they were paid in a previous job.

Here in Illinois, we know that women get the job done.

It’s time to pay them accordingly.

01/29/2019

Due to extreme temperatures, the Clarke House Museum will be closed tomorrow. Stay warm!

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
01/19/2019

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance

A winter wonderland...Clarke House Museum inside Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens.

Oh wow. Get a look at this...
09/27/2018

Oh wow. Get a look at this...

PDNA Throwback Thursday - 1978
Henry B. Clarke House at Women's Park at 1827 S Indiana Avenue

A late 1978 shot of the Clarke House during restoration, after it was moved to its 3rd location at 1827 South Indiana Avenue in the dead of winter, from it's 2nd location near 44th & Wabash.

Originally built in 1836 near 17th and Michigan Avenue, and moved from there years later to it's 2nd home, it is considered the oldest in Chicago, is now known as the Clarke House Museum.

(William Brubaker Collection at University of Illinois at Chicago)

#TBT #PDNATBT

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
08/01/2018
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Happy August!
We've got tons of big, FREE events happening this month including the 40th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, the 2018 Chicago SummerDance Celebration, music and movies at Millennium Park and the famous Chicago Air & Water Show!

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
07/30/2018

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance

Another absolutely gorgeous Sunday evening with the #MoviesInThePark showing of ‘Sense & Sensibility’ at Women’s Park & Gardens tonight, along with free mini-tours at Glessner House Museum & Clarke House Museum and their terrific teams of volunteer docents.

We will have more on some of their upcoming special events soon. Until then, see you next weekend with Shakespeare performances at Women’s Park!

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
07/23/2018

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance

Terrific turnout & weather for this evening’s movie ‘Coco’ at Chicago Women's Park and Gardens #Moviesinthepark with PDNA, and co-sponsors British International School of Chicago - South Loop, and First Community Management.

See you this coming Saturday, July 28th, for South Loop Beer & Cider Fest and on Sunday evening, July 29th, for another Movie ‘Sense & Sensibility’, with Clarke House Museum, Glessner House Museum, and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

07/17/2018
Chicago Aussie

Chicago Aussie

Visit the Clarke House Museum this summer. It's open for tours Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1pm and 2:30pm

The Clarke House Museum will be closed this Wednesday in observance of the 4th of July holiday.
07/02/2018

The Clarke House Museum will be closed this Wednesday in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

The Free Days at Chicago Museums in June | UrbanMatter
06/06/2018
The Free Days at Chicago Museums in June | UrbanMatter

The Free Days at Chicago Museums in June | UrbanMatter

Museums can be fun and educational, but they usually come with a high entry fee. Check out the days this month you can visit these Chicago spots for free.

Maybe a couple snaps about the #ClarkeHouseMuseum? The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has a NEW Snapc...
05/21/2018

Maybe a couple snaps about the #ClarkeHouseMuseum?
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has a NEW Snapchat account will real-time photos and videos on art and culture in our fair City. Hope to see you on there!

Inspired Chicago
05/16/2018

Inspired Chicago

FREE public tours of Clarke House Museum are offered on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Visit https://goo.gl/UZLoMA for more information.

04/18/2018
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

So excited that 2018 is the Year of Creative Youth! Post about young local artists you know and use the hashtag #BornCreative.

It's time to tell the whole City about your favorite young Chicago artists!
In honor of the 2018 Year of Creative Youth, we invite you to post using the hashtag #BornCreative to highlight the artistic efforts of a young friend, student, relative (or yourself) who's adding to our vibrant cultural landscape.
As narrated by 2017 Rising Star Honor Roll recipient Freedom Martin, hear all about what Chicago has in store for this year and learn more at www.cityofchicago.org/yocy #2018isYOCY #ChiCreativeYouth

Summer is coming… Share your love of Chicago’s culture, history and architecture by volunteering with DCASE! Click any o...
04/13/2018
City of Chicago :: DCASE Volunteer

Summer is coming… Share your love of Chicago’s culture, history and architecture by volunteering with DCASE! Click any of the images below for the online application.

As a volunteer you will connect guests (Chicagoans and visitors alike) with some of the city’s cultural treasures, such as Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, Clarke House Museum, and the Taste of Chicago.

02/09/2018

Due to weather, Clarke House tours today and tomorrow have been cancelled. Stay indoors!

Attention: The public tour of the Clarke House Museum this Saturday at 2:30p will be cancelled for a staff holiday party...
12/01/2017
City of Chicago :: Clarke House Museum

Attention: The public tour of the Clarke House Museum this Saturday at 2:30p will be cancelled for a staff holiday party. To see all tour times and other info please visit the link below.

Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, the Clarke House Museum is Chicago’s oldest house. The house shows what life was like for a family in Chicago during the city’s formative years before the Civil War.

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
11/07/2017

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2017 - FREE MUSEUM DAYS
The best perk of the South Loop - access to Free Museum Days. Plenty of FREE days in November and December 2017.

• The Field Museum - November 12, 19 and December 3, 24
• The Adler Planetarium - November 10, 15, 16, 17 and December 4,5,6,7,8,9,10
• Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago – No free days in November or December
• Shedd Aquarium - No Free days in November or December
• Clarke House Museum - Each Wed., Fri., and Sat. at 1pm & 2:30pm
• Glessner House Museum - Each Wednesday's at 11:30am, 1:00pm, and 2:30pm
• The Art Institute of Chicago - General admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is always free for children under 14.
and to Chicago teens
• Chicago Children's Museum - Target Free Family Night - Thursday Evenings 5pm – 8pm for all visitors. Free First Sundays and First Sunday of each month (December 3rd) - free admission for visitors 15 and under
• Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - Admission is FREE for Illinois residents on Tuesdays

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens Advisory Council
04/17/2017

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens Advisory Council

Did you know that The The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America support operation of the Clarke House Museum at Women's Park & Gardens?

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America is an American organization composed of women who are descended from an ancestor "who came to reside in an American Colony before 1776, and whose services were rendered during the Colonial Period.

Today 41 diverse properties are owned outright by the Corporate Societies of the NSCDA, 13 additional museum collections are owned by the Dames and 30 more properties receive substantial volunteer and financial support from Dames.

With over 15,000 members, in addition to its broad based activities in the museum field, the Society sponsors a number of scholarship programs and other historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects to further the aims and objects of the Society. Historic house museums owned or operated by the NSCDA, include

The Illinois Society owns the furnishings collection, cares for the artifacts, and supports educational programming at The Clarke House Museum inside Chicago Women's Park & Gardens.

http://nscda.org/?page_id=150&state=IL&prop=350

03/02/2017

Our free tour schedule is about to change! As of April 1st, tours will be held Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 1pm and 2:30pm.

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
02/14/2017

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance

FREE MUSEUM DAYS FEBRUARY 2017

With all the recent free days announced, here is an update on some of the the best perks of the South Loop - access to Free Museum Days. Plenty of FREE days in February in The South Loop & nearby Museums:

* The Field Museum - February 1 – 28

* The Adler Planetarium – Free General Admission - February 20
(President’s Day), and February 21–24

* Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago – February 14-16, 21-23, 28

* Clarke House Museum - Each Wed., Fri., and Sat. at 1pm & 3pm

* Glessner House Museum - Each Wed. - 11:30am, 1:00pm,2:30pm

* The Art Institute of Chicago - Free General Admission, Thursdays
5 - 8 p.m. Free Thursday Evenings. Free Winter Weekdays 2017-\
Illinois residents also enjoy free admission every weekday thru
Feb. 16th - ALL Day

* Chicago Children's Museum - Free 5-8 p.m. Thursdays and the
first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. Always free to
kids under 1.

* Museum of Contemporary Art - Free 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays for
Illinois residents; kids 12 and under are always free. Free the
second Saturday of the month (October-May) for families with
kids 12 and under.

* Pritzker Military Museum & Library (104 S. Michigan) - Admission is free for all visitors with active MILITARY ID.

#ChiHolidays
12/23/2016

#ChiHolidays

Please note that Clarke House Museum will be closed for the holiday season December 23 - January 3. Final tour of the ye...
12/15/2016

Please note that Clarke House Museum will be closed for the holiday season December 23 - January 3. Final tour of the year will be December 21.

DCASE December E-news #ChiHolidays
12/04/2016
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

DCASE December E-news #ChiHolidays

#ChiHolidays finishes 2016 strong at the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and beyond. Click below to learn about giving Santa your wish list, caroling at Cloud Gate, dancing along with the Nutcracker, and much more!

Plan your November with DCASE e-news.
11/02/2016
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Plan your November with DCASE e-news.

Save the dates for #ChiHolidays in Millennium Park—and Wired Fridays, Juicebox, SpinOff and other November events at the Chicago Cultural Center + beyond. Learn about the Year of Public Art (2017). And meet our new Filmmaker in Residence.

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General information

**NEW TOUR SCHEDULE** (as of 4/1/2017) Free Public Tours Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1pm and 2:30pm One-hour guided tours Admission is FREE Tours are limited to 15 people, available on a first-come, first-served basis. For groups of 5 or more, please contact [email protected]

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