Meet the Servants

Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays in December
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Complimentary with Museum Admission  

Have you ever wondered how Gilded Age families celebrated the holiday season? The Nickerson servants know the answers and are ready to share the secrets for a traditional Victorian holiday!

Gilded Age holiday traditions will come alive as Mrs. Williams and her staff share cookie recipes, reveal the latest 19th century holiday fashions, and explain holiday customs celebrated in Chicago.  Look for them as you visit the Front Parlor, Dining Room, Sewing Room, and other rooms in the house. 

Meet the Servants begins on Friday, December 6.

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Death, Disease and Bones: The Lincoln Park Walking Tour
Saturdays, October 18 & November 1
Wednesday, October 29

On this fascinating walking tour, learn about the macabre history of Chicago's Lincoln Park, which was once a vast, windswept cemetery. Read more

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Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light
Wednesday, November 12

Louis C. Tiffany used colored glass as a painter uses pigments. In this illustrated lecture, Lindsy Parrott, Director/Curator of the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, will explore the history of Tiffany's glass and highlight some of the special types of glass found in his celebrated windows and lamps. Read more

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An Intimate Evening with Bach
Thursday, November 13

Join us as award-winning and nationally celebrated Colombian-American cellist, Christine Lamprea makes her debut at performing J.S. Bach’s classic, Suite No. 6 together with an inspired medley of 20th-century compositions. Read more

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Sounds of the Season
Saturday, November 22

Once again this year, period-dressed carolers treat passersby to their favorite holiday songs from the Museum's front porch. Stop by before making your way to the Magnificent Mile's Lights Festival! Read more

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Glitter & Gold Holiday Brunch
Saturday, December 6

Gather with family and friends for our first holiday brunch in the Museum’s historic Ballroom. Read more

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Holiday Cabaret
Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13

‘Tis the season to delight in the sensational vocal-stylings of acclaimed artist, David Edelfeldt. Together, he and Chicago’s favorite chanteuse, Becky McKenzie will perform winter and holiday favorites in their popular cabaret-style, while you enjoy drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Read more

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Santa Saturday 2
Saturdays, December 13 and 20

Celebrate the traditions of Gilded Age America that continue to make our winter holidays special! Read more

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