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Bertha Palmer’s Gold Coast: Patronage and the 1893 World’s Fair

Saturdays & Sundays, September 23 – October 8
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Tour Only: $25; With Driehaus Museum Admission: $35 Buy tickets

The tours on Saturdays, September 23 and October 7 and Sunday, September 24 are sold out.

Discover the fascinating history of Chicago’s historic Gold Coast as you follow in the footsteps of Mrs. Potter Palmer, the neighborhood’s founder and most illustrious resident. Learn of her prominent role developing the city’s monumental 1893 World’s Fair and how she influenced the artistic culture, architecture and society of Chicago’s Gilded Age.

Please note:
- The tour takes place offsite. Please meet at the southeast corner of Astor & Schiller (1365 N Astor St)
- Tour duration: Approximately 2 hours Distance: About 1 mile
- Please wear sturdy and comfortable walking shoes.
- We will be walking outside, on city streets, and through old buildings. Be prepared to encounter stairs, gravel walkways, uneven and possibly wet surfaces.
- This tour will happen rain or shine. Please plan for umbrellas and sunscreen accordingly.
- This tour ends offsite at Three Arts Club in Restoration Hardware.

Ticket Refund Policy:  Tickets are fully refundable up to 72 hours prior to the event.

Please note that in exchange for your reservation and/or ticket, you have authorized the Driehaus Museum to photograph, record, film, video tape, or otherwise use your likeness, performance, image, and/or voice for use in general and/or program-related Driehaus Museum promotional materials. If for any reason, you do not wish to be photographed, please provide your name(s) at registration that day.

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