A Peek Inside Private Chicago

There are a lot of nooks and crannies of Chicago that are reserved for certain types of people.  The adventurers.  The disadvantaged.  The well-connected.  The well-moneyed. Each group of people seems to have a few places known only to them.

One of those private places is going to open to the public next month.

I received an e-mail today from the people down at the Glessner House Museum (1800 South Prairie Avenue) letting me know that the Union League Club is going to allow the public to view its art.   The event is being held at the club’s historic building at 65 West Jackson Boulevard, so one would assume that you’d get a very rare peek inside that building, as well.

There is a catch, though — it’s only one day, and it costs $40 bucks.  But at least the admission fee goes to charity.

If you’re interested in this, I’ve attached a sample of the art and the Glessner e-mail below:

Saturday April 2, 2011
Tour – 10:30am
Lunch – 12:00noon
65 W. Jackson, Chicago
$40.00 per person, pre-paid reservations required
R.S.V.P. to 312-326-1480

The Union League Club of Chicago (of which John J. Glessner was a long-time member) has the largest Club art collection in the country, if not the world. It currently consists of nearly 800 works of art including paintings, sculpture, works of art on paper, photographs, and some decorative arts. The focus of the collection is American with a particular emphasis on artists connected to Chicago. The signature painting is Pommiers en fleur, an 1872 work by Claude Monet, pictured above.
The collection represents more than 120 years of collecting, reflecting the changing tastes and trends of a segment of Chicagoans, artists, and patrons. Collecting is ongoing for what is often referred to as “Chicago’s hidden collection.”
The tour will be led by Joan Wagner, author of A History of the Art Collection of the Union League of Chicago, and a long-time friend of Glessner House Museum.
Following the tour, participants will lunch in the Heritage Room, which includes several significant works of art including Martigues, France by Prairie Avenue resident Frederic Clay Bartlett.
For further information on the art collection, visit the Union League Club of Chicago website at http://bit.ly/eTL8M7
Group size is strictly limited and spaces are filling fast. Call today to reserve your space for this very special tour.
All proceeds from the tour will go to the House & Collections Committee Fund, for the ongoing restoration of the museum.


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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