One Short Day in Chicago - Driehaus Museum

April 27, 2013

Page 1 - Driehaus Museum
Page 2 - Gage Restaurant & Tavern
Page 3 - The Book of Mormon
Page 4 - The Purple Pig

Love padlocks on the Michigan Avenue Bridge in Chicago
Driehaus Museum - Chicago, Illinois
Driehaus Museum in the Nickerson House - 40 East Erie Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611 

We made a family trip to Chicago the last weekend in April. Since our flight had to be scheduled for after Mary drove home from Pittsburg, we didn't arrive at the Embassy Suites until about 10 PM. In addition to the three of us, Jesi & John drove in from Omaha. Nancy drove up from St. Louis, Marilyn & Roger took Amtrak from KC and Bill & Fay flew in from Connecticut. After checking in to our room, we met most of the others and caught up with each other's lives until about 1AM.

After breakfast at the hotel on Saturday morning, Mary, Fay, Alice (Fay's friend from Chicago) and the three of us headed out, walking to the nearby Driehaus Museum. The museum occupies the 25,000 square foot Nickerson Mansion which was built around 1880. Known as the Marble Palace, the Nickerson Mansion was the largest private residence in Chicago when it was completed. 

Five years were spent restoring the building prior to its opening as a museum in 2008.

The ornate building has some of the original furniture, but the lavish interior provides galleries to display period furniture, decorative arts and stained glass, including many pieces from the Tiffany Studios. I was quite impressed.

The Drawing Room in the Driehaus Museum
The Drawing Room was designed by George A. Schastey - the chairs are original and were created specifically for the room

Tiffany lamp in the Driehaus Museum
A unique Tiffany Studios nautilus shell centerpiece lamp from around 1910

Following our tour, we made a leisurely walk south about 2/3s of a mile on Michigan Avenue to meet the rest of the family at Gage, a large Restaurant & Tavern, across the street from Millennium Park.

Along the way, I stopped to photograph at several places, including the Michigan Avenue Bridge. On the bridge, we found several of the love padlocks which have become common on bridges around Europe.

Ransom R. Cable House - Chicago, Illinois
The 1886 Ransom R. Cable House is across the corner from the Nickerson House - Robert Hall McCormick III
lived here in the early 20th Century and it is now home to Driehaus Capital Management LLC

Wendella tour boat in the Chicago River
Wendella boat on a Chicago River Architecture Tour

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