A group of historic house museums have banded together to tell Chicago’s stories in a new way.

We formed At Home in Chicago, a diverse family of more than twenty former residences spanning nearly 180 years of the region’s history. Each house museum, with its distinctive architecture and collections, is a living artifact of the fascinating lives of people who shaped, or were shaped by, the city. Large or small, famous or idiosyncratic, each has a unique and essential story to tell.

Bringing them together for the first time, At Home in Chicago makes planning your visit easy. But this is also a journey of discovery, and a chance to explore the unexpected common threads—cultural, historical, architectural—that knit us together.

Discover what we share in common, search for us on a regional map, browse the museums, and more!

SHARED THEME: OUR DINING ROOM TABLES

At this dining room table…the servants were on their way up the ladder.

The great reformer Frances Willard advocated strongly for the lives of workers, demanding the eight-hour workday, factory inspections, and even unionization for society’s most vulnerable labor force—housemaids, laundry workers, and other domestic servants. As such, when the Willards ate at their dining room table, they were served by immigrants, each of whom the ...

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At this dining room table…the famous came to dine.

As editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, Robert R. McCormick was well-connected to the who’s-who of early 20th-century America. At his sprawling Cantigny Farm estate, McCormick entertained some of the most exciting celebrities and world leaders of the time—including actor John Wayne, aviator Charles Lindberg, and Pakistan’s first prime minister Liaquat ...

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At this dining room table…there is diversity.

If you dropped in on the Turovitz family in the Jane Addams Homes in 1938, you’d sample Russian Jewish immigrant cuisine and hear about what an improvement “the projects” were over the Near West Side slums. A few years later, Dianne and Carol Rizzi’s childhood table was piled with candies, pasta, and sauces ...

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At this dining room table…IQs got a boost.

Prolific writers and art patrons themselves, John and Frances Glessner were well known in the city’s cultural affairs. They stayed active behind the scenes at the Art Institute of Chicago, attended every Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance, and between them were members of no less than five literary clubs. Not surprisingly, often gathered around this ...

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At this dining room table…the décor was a little shocking.

John Farson treated guests to oysters and other fancy fare at this original table, which was designed by architect George W. Maher to match the carved motifs of the Farson home's interiors. But his successor liked tricks a little better than treats. Local lore has it that the second owner, the inventor Herbert Mills ...

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