Glessner House Events

Glessner House Events Glessner House Museum invites you to experience a gracious venue steeped in Chicago history. Tucked away in the Prairie Avenue Historic District of Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, Glessner House provides a distinctive alternative to hotels and banquet halls.
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The Museum offers rental space for meetings, private parties, corporate events, and is one of Chicago's most distinctive wedding venues. A variety of spaces help make Glessner House Museum ideal for your event.

The Museum offers rental space for meetings, private parties, corporate events, and is one of Chicago's most distinctive wedding venues. A variety of spaces help make Glessner House Museum ideal for your event.

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A perfect way way to honor an inspiring woman during Women's History Month.
03/16/2021
Glessner House

A perfect way way to honor an inspiring woman during Women's History Month.

Recognize a woman who inspires you!

March is Women’s History Month which commemorates and encourages the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Through March 31, Glessner House is offering the chance for you to recognize an outstanding woman in your life.

Both Frances Glessner and her daughter, Frances Glessner Lee, were remarkable women engaged in a variety of impactful pursuits. It was Frances Glessner Lee whose determination and perseverance led to the establishment of the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard University, establishing her as the mother of forensic science.

As a token of our gratitude for your donation in honor of an outstanding woman in your life, we will post a photo and a brief tribute about your honoree in our e-newsletter and on our website (unless you prefer to remain anonymous). We will also notify the woman being honored informing them of your recognition, or if this is a memorial gift, we will notify a close relative.

Allow Glessner House to help you recognize an important woman in your life by clicking here: https://glessnerhouse.z2systems.com/np/clients/glessnerhouse/survey.jsp?surveyId=16

Pretty pictures! Thank you to Megan Saul Photography for sharing these photos from Amanda and Kiara's spectacular July m...
02/13/2021

Pretty pictures! Thank you to Megan Saul Photography for sharing these photos from Amanda and Kiara's spectacular July micro wedding. Happy life to you!

Caterer: D'Absolute Events & Catering
Videographer: This Charming Heart
DJ: Kate from Toast & Jam
Hair & Makeup: Sophia Bella
Florist: Youth & Yarrow
Cake: ECBG

Hey! It looks like Captain Matt Casey from "Chicago Fire" is a Glessner House fan!
02/11/2021

Hey! It looks like Captain Matt Casey from "Chicago Fire" is a Glessner House fan!

Chicago has a lot to offer, check out where the One Chicago cast likes to hang out!

We're happy to share some photos from our last wedding of 2020. Hope you enjoy the images from Jetaun and Wale's October...
01/30/2021

We're happy to share some photos from our last wedding of 2020. Hope you enjoy the images from Jetaun and Wale's October micro ceremony. The fall foliage in Women's Park & Gardens and Wale's traditional Nigerian wedding attire made it an especially gorgeous day.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/beckybrownphotography
Cake: Delectable Treats by Tiki
Bar Service: The Chicago Bartending Group
Dinner: Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

To learn about the more saucy side of Queen Victoria, join us for this online program. Should get you in the mood for Va...
01/23/2021
ONLINE: Queen Victoria's Secrets — Glessner House

To learn about the more saucy side of Queen Victoria, join us for this online program. Should get you in the mood for Valentine's Day!

https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2021/1/4/queen-victorias-secrets

When we think of Queen Victoria, we rarely think of her laughing or loving, and we never think of her as amused. Presented by audience favorite Debra Mancoff, this lighthearted look at the three men who ruled her heart—her mentor Lord Melbourne; the love of her life, Prince Albert; and her Highlan...

01/21/2021
Amanda + Kiara // Chicago, IL

Another beautifully romantic video from this past season at Glessner House. Many thanks to Amanda, Kiara, and This Charming Heart for sharing with us.

www.thischarmingheart.com

This is "Amanda + Kiara // Chicago, IL" by This Charming Heart on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Thanks, Hanna! The photos from this Glessner House wedding are lots of fun and absolutely gorgeous.
01/10/2021

Thanks, Hanna! The photos from this Glessner House wedding are lots of fun and absolutely gorgeous.

One of my favorite first dance moments ever!!! Also how amazing is this Chicago venue, @glessnerhouseevents !!

Merry Christmas from Glessner House. May your table be full and your spirits be high.
12/24/2020

Merry Christmas from Glessner House. May your table be full and your spirits be high.

Marta and Mateusz had to scale their wedding down to just the two witnesses, so came over to Glessner House after the ce...
12/06/2020

Marta and Mateusz had to scale their wedding down to just the two witnesses, so came over to Glessner House after the ceremony, without the witnesses but with a professional photographer in tow, to pose for some very special images to share with friends and family who couldn't be there.

If you're interested in a socially distanced photo shoot now, or for a larger event in the future, contact Kathy at [email protected].

Thank you to Beth and Connor for sharing this very special moment when pianist, and mother of the groom, sat down at Mrs...
10/24/2020
Beth and Connor - Wedding Day

Thank you to Beth and Connor for sharing this very special moment when pianist, and mother of the groom, sat down at Mrs. Glessner's Steinway before a courtyard ceremony.

Photo by Lisa Hufford Photography

10/20/2020
This Charming Heart

Beautiful video of our first Glessner House "micro" wedding from This Charming Heart. Congratulations to Amanda and Kiara. We will always remember this day with much fondness.

Every little thing feels so much softer, so much sweeter, with you. ~

Venue: Glessner House Events
Photographer: Megan Saul Photography
DJ: Toast & Jam
Flowers: Youth & Yarrow
Cake: ECBG Cake Studio
Officiant: Weddings by Rev Bill
Video: This Charming Heart

10/13/2020
Daryl Coffey, Wedding Photographer

Gorgeous day, happy couple!

A little teaser of Ariel & QuoVadis’ elegant micro-wedding last weekend. Nothing like a spectacular wedding venue and a beautiful couple.
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Congratulations to musician and author Jill Goldberg-Haddadin on a successful, and really fun, morning in the Glessner H...
10/06/2020

Congratulations to musician and author Jill Goldberg-Haddadin on a successful, and really fun, morning in the Glessner House courtyard this past Sunday: music, singing, dancing, reading, and book signing. It looks like the new children's book, "Octopus Mom" is a hit!

Beautiful bilingual micro wedding ceremony in the Glessner House courtyard. Lilian Dircio, officiant. Congratulations, E...
09/27/2020

Beautiful bilingual micro wedding ceremony in the Glessner House courtyard. Lilian Dircio, officiant. Congratulations, Estephanie and Ivan!

Meet our friendly masked venue manager, Kathy Cunningham. Having some fun at a recent courtyard event. If you're interes...
09/18/2020

Meet our friendly masked venue manager, Kathy Cunningham. Having some fun at a recent courtyard event. If you're interested in planning an event at Glessner House, you can reach her at [email protected].

From last Sunday's baby shower.
09/18/2020
Bean and Boosh

From last Sunday's baby shower.

A Care Bears baby shower is not complete without a rainbow! 🌈🌈🌈 Contact us for your next celebration.

#BeanandBoosh are setting up for a gorgeous afternoon baby shower at Glessner House!
09/13/2020

#BeanandBoosh are setting up for a gorgeous afternoon baby shower at Glessner House!

Some fun wedding inspiration on Netflix! Dress, food, design.(You may want to have some tissues on hand).
08/17/2020
Say I Do | Official Trailer | Netflix

Some fun wedding inspiration on Netflix! Dress, food, design.

(You may want to have some tissues on hand).

Dream weddings really do come true as experts Jeremiah Brent, Thai Nguyen and Gabriele Bertaccini help couples pull off their perfect celebration. SUBSCRIBE:...

Even the most micro of micro weddings can be the subject of a glorious day. Thanks to Nicolle and Jacob for letting us s...
08/13/2020

Even the most micro of micro weddings can be the subject of a glorious day. Thanks to Nicolle and Jacob for letting us share:

Photographer: Becky Brown Photography
Florist: Christen from Hedonia Flowers
Caterer: Hearty Boys
Cake: Alliance Bakery
Officiant: Carla Stehman
Musicians: Duo Vivace
Colors: Green and Peach

We're not endorsing this particular brand, but thought it was an interesting alternative to a boutonnière. We also notic...
08/13/2020
Handcrafted in Maryland

We're not endorsing this particular brand, but thought it was an interesting alternative to a boutonnière. We also noticed that this one included a bee, which is a Mrs. Glessner motif due to her bee-keeping skills!

Custom Items Available

'Twas a lovely evening for a Glessner House micro wedding.July 25, 2020
07/27/2020

'Twas a lovely evening for a Glessner House micro wedding.

July 25, 2020

Big props to Christen from #hedoniaflowers who fed our floral infatuation with this peachy arch, created for a micro-wed...
07/26/2020

Big props to Christen from #hedoniaflowers who fed our floral infatuation with this peachy arch, created for a micro-wedding gracing the Glessner House courtyard yesterday. More photos to follow!

After months of reschedules and cancellations, Amanda and Kiara lit up Glessner House with our much anticipated first we...
07/25/2020

After months of reschedules and cancellations, Amanda and Kiara lit up Glessner House with our much anticipated first wedding of the season. Despite scaling back on the guest list to fit current guidelines, the house and courtyard were filled with life and love. Beautiful brides, beautiful day.

We're heading to 1979 for Wayback Wedding Wednesday as Toni and Kim celebrate their day with a little help from staff me...
07/01/2020

We're heading to 1979 for Wayback Wedding Wednesday as Toni and Kim celebrate their day with a little help from staff member and Maid of Honor, Gwen. 💓 (Thanks for sharing your photos!)

A special Wayback Wedding Wednesday features Frances Glessner Lee herself, shown here in her wedding gown years before s...
06/24/2020

A special Wayback Wedding Wednesday features Frances Glessner Lee herself, shown here in her wedding gown years before she became known as the Mother of Forensic Science. Intrigued? Join us tomorrow for the online opening of her restored childhood bedroom along with a discussion with Bruce Goldfarb, author of "18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics."

Registration will be closed at noon the day of the program (Tomorrow, June 25).

https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2020/6/25/opening-of-fannys-bedroom

Wishing all our fathers a wonderful day. Weddings: Shelly & Josh, Alice & Ali Photography: JBrown Photography, Victoria ...
06/21/2020

Wishing all our fathers a wonderful day.

Weddings: Shelly & Josh, Alice & Ali
Photography: JBrown Photography, Victoria Sprung Photography

Today's Wayback Wedding Wednesday photo features a dramatic shot from Cat and Dan's big day, taken from the second floor...
06/10/2020

Today's Wayback Wedding Wednesday photo features a dramatic shot from Cat and Dan's big day, taken from the second floor main hall! #WaybackWeddingWednesday #GlessnerHouse

Glessner House partners with Art of Imagination to create the gorgeous space you've been envisioning for your event. Deb...
06/06/2020

Glessner House partners with Art of Imagination to create the gorgeous space you've been envisioning for your event. Deborah has been working with us for years and is respectful of our historic landmark status, which is essential. And Art of Imagination offers a complementary one hour consultation when you book an event with us!

http://artofimagination.com

Glessner House is offering a Micro Wedding package for fewer than 50 guests. $1500 for a three hour venue rental, then i...
06/04/2020
What Is a Micro Wedding and Should You Have One?

Glessner House is offering a Micro Wedding package for fewer than 50 guests. $1500 for a three hour venue rental, then if you return for a larger party (reception? anniversary?), that $1500 will be applied to the rental fee. Go to the Events>Wedding section at www.glessnerhouse.org to fill out an inquiry form!

Ready to go micro? We turned to the pros for the wedding planning tips you’ll need to throw a fabulous small-scale celebration.

Wedding season 2021 is starting to fill up.....like looking at wedding dresses? So do we:
05/28/2020
Our Favorite 2021 Wedding Dresses From Virtual NYBFW

Wedding season 2021 is starting to fill up.....like looking at wedding dresses? So do we:

Check out these 2021 wedding dresses that are perfect for elopements, virtual ceremonies, and (one day) bigger celebrations, too.

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Glessner House Museum invites you to experience a gracious venue steeped in Chicago history. Tucked away in the Prairie Avenue Historic District of Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, Glessner House provides a distinctive alternative to hotels and banquet halls. The museum offers rental space for meetings, private parties, corporate events, and is one of Chicago's most distinctive wedding venues. A variety of spaces make Glessner House Museum ideal for your event.

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