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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Featured Program

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

Featured Program

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 Edelfelt. Together, he and Chicago’s favorite chanteuse, Beckie Menzie will perform winter and holiday favorites in their popular cabaret-style, while you enjoy drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Read more

Featured Program

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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