Original Playboy Mansion
The sexual revolution started in the basement ‘grotto’ of this 1899 manor. Hugh Hefner bought the manor in 1959 and hung a brass plate...
Cyrus McCormick Mansion
The industrialist's 1893 neoclassical home, designed by New York architect Stanford White, is one of the Gold Coast's standouts....
International Museum of Surgical Science
Amputation saws, iron lungs and other early tools of the trade are strewn throughout a creaky, Gold Coast mansion. The ancient Roman...
Frank Sinatra and Bette Davis were among the movie stars who used to swirl martinis in the old Pump Room. It recently got a makeover...
A humble, hidden gem in Old Town, this mom-and-pop Middle Eastern spot has been serving falafel and pita sandwiches, kabobs and baked...
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Charnley-Persky House information
While he was still working for Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright (who was 19 at the time) designed the 11-room Charnley-Persky House, which sparked a new era in architectural design. Why? Because it did away with Victorian gaudiness in favor of plain, abstract forms that went on to become the modern style. It was completed in 1892 and now houses the Society of Architectural Historians.
Guided hour-long tours are offered Wednesdays; they're first come, first served, up to 15 people. Tours are also offered on Saturdays for which you can make reservations.