Hidden gem || chicago

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is a hidden Chicago ‘gem’. Who knew that Chicago had such a grand historic home that you can tour ‘smack-bang’ in the middle of downtown at 50 E. Erie Street [between Wabash & Rush]. The in-laws where in town this weekend, and they spotted a feature in Chicago Magazine as we were discussing what to do that day. Away we went to check it out and we were all truly taken back by the house, I should say ‘mansion’. The home built by Samuel Nickerson [Chicago Banker] is in pristine condition and insanely opulent. Take in the fact that it cost $450,000.00 to build back in 1879 when the average annual salary was $300.00. Forget about ordinary plaster for the walls when you have a budget this big, every surface is either carved wood, tile, marble or tapestry. You really have to see it for yourself, a must do for locals and out-of-towners. The tour groups are small [max. of 12] and last 60 minutes, but get on the list early in the day to ensure you are secured a spot as it is on a first come first serve basis. They don’t allow photography inside the home, so all photos are from the Driehaus Museum [via].

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