A Golden Era: Chicago, Its Mansions and the 1890s

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Cost: $128

Explore Chicago’s golden era as we tour and see some of the exquisite mansions of our city’s historic past from the 1890's. A local Chicago guide joins us in the Prairie Ave. Historic District, home to Chicago’s elite of the 1800’s. The neighborhood, once home to Marshall Field, features the Kimball Mansion, Wheeler Mansion, and Clarke House, Chicago's oldest surviving building. Hear the fascinating stories of how this neighborhood was once the center of social and cultural life in Chicago. Enjoy a guided tour of the Glessner House where modern American architecture began and one of Chicago' most historic mansions. Our lunch today is at the historic Berghoff Restaurant on Adams St.  From 1898, the Berghoff has survived the depression, prohibition and today still remains one of Chicago's most recognizable names.

Just off Michigan Ave. sits the new Driehaus Museum, once the palatial Nickerson Mansion. Here you’ll step back into the luxurious 19th century estate of 1st National Bank founder Samuel Nickerson. This mansion is one of the few remaining examples of the original rich & famous. Explore the elegantly furnished rooms, decorative arts and stunning Tiffany stained glass!


Please note the "Fine Print"

Rates are per person. Payment should be received at least 60 days or sooner prior to date of the trip! Don’t delay, book today! These trips are very popular. "Cancel by" dates vary and will be described on a per-trip basis via a confirmation postcard sent upon receipt of payment. Full payment due at time of registration.

Rates include free parking at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S Goebbert Rd, Arlington Hts on day of tour; transportation on restroom-equipped motorcoach; sightseeing, admissions, meals as described; City guide on all Chicago itineraries, guide/driver gratuities, CET Host and CET Rewards. Gold Card discounts and earned CET Rewards cannot be applied to day trips. All cancellations will be charged a $10 administration fee.

Call (847) 718-7709 or email cetravel@d214.org for reservations.