December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

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Even if your New Year's party didn't make Tribune gossip column status like the Nickerson's—Pink carnations! Seventy guests! Supper not served 'till midnight!—here's to celebrating in style. > Read more

December 27, 2011

You Asked: Where Does Satinwood Come From?

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Satinwood. Visitors to the Museum see it featured most prominently in the Drawing Room, where the Gilded Age ladies would retreat together for music and gossip and the woodwork gleams positively golden. > Read more

December 24, 2011

A Gilded Age Christmas Dinner

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The Gilded Age wealthy made Christmas dinner a most formal, sumptuous occasion. > Read more

December 19, 2011

"Dolls, Toys, and Holiday Fancy Goods"

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Ah, the great and famously stressful saga of December: Shopping. We have industrialization, capitalism, and late 19th-century disposable incomes to thank for this holiday tradition. > Read more

December 15, 2011

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum

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"There, at the rear of the beautiful parlors, was a large Christmas tree, presenting a most picturesque and uncanny aspect," wrote a reporter when he saw the first Christmas tree adorned with electric lights in 1882. > Read more

December 08, 2011

The White Knight

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A new Arthur Hughes painting in the Drawing Room features Sir Galahad, flanked by angels, searching for the Holy Grail. > Read more

December 03, 2011

Of Gilded Age and Italy: Or, Why Pierpont Morgan Used Someone Else's Family Crest

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One design motif persists through America's Gilded Age mansions like a repeating, steady note under one melody: Italian Renaissance. > Read more

News

September 13, 2016
‘Giant Gems of the Smithsonian’ Now Open in Dallas

The exhibition opened last Friday at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and includes a 56-carat amethyst necklace circa 1915 by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Read more

August 13, 2016
The National Historic Preservation Act Commemorates 50 Years

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the NHPA into law on October 15, 1966, to encourage Americans to identify and preserve our nation’s cultural and historic resources. Read more

Featured Program

Saints & Sinners Walking Tour: Chicago's Legacy of Virtue and Vice
Every Friday, June 2 - September 1

Explore the dichotic human struggle between Virtue and Vice with this new summer walking tour. Experience Chicago's storied past from a new perspective. Read more

Featured Program

Vive la France! Celebrate Bastille Day
Friday, July 14

This year, in honor of our special exhibition L’Affichomonia, join us to celebrate the liberation of France! This family-friendly afternoon includes live music, sweet bits, and activities for kids. Read more

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Travel Tour: Crab Tree Farm & Ragdale: Explore Chicago’s Arts and Crafts Movement
Friday, August 18

Our summer travel tour takes us back to the ever-popular Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff as well as Howard Van Doren Shaw’s former summer estate, Ragdale. Read more