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Gilded Age Art Tour at Chicago’s Driehaus Museum and Palmer House Hotel

A privately guided tour through the art and architecture of Chicago’s Gilded Age.

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A Private, Guided Tour Through the Gilded Age of Chicago at the Driehaus Museum and Palmer House Hotel

The end of the 19th and dawn of the 20th century was a time of economic growth and prosperity in Chicago, as evidenced by the richly decorated art and architecture that remains as a relic of this Gilded Age. For those history buffs hoping to dive deeper into this period in Chicago’s history, or those art lovers wanting to study the luxurious interiors of Gilded Age homes and meeting places, look no further than ART SMART’s Gilded Age Tour. The tour, which is led by an experienced art historian, can be tailored to explore the specific interests of you and your group. Based on the size, ages, and interests of your group’s members, your guide will create a tour route that is sure to excite and please.

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Chicago Gilded Age Tour at the Driehaus Museum and Palmer House Hotel

After you complete the booking process you will receive an email that will include details about where to meet your guide. Your guide will organize the tour according to your group’s needs and preferences and will conduct the tour in ART SMART’s signature conversational style, to ensure that your experience is engaging, educational, and always exciting.

During the tour you will explore the Driehaus Museum, the preserved home of a Gilded Age banker, and the historic Palmer House Hotel. Both of these beautifully maintained buildings feature elegant furniture, detailed architecture, and impressive art works and objects from one of the most extravagant periods in Chicago’s history.


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Private tours for 1 - 4 people in your group booked online* are $190 per hour (a 5% discount over tours booked via email or phone). All tours have a two-hour minimum. Additional people and/or additional time have an additional fee. Museum admission needs to be added for each person. This is added during your booking. We will get your tickets ahead of time for you. So you can skip the lines.

* For those who need a bit more service via email and phone, our pricing is $200 per hour for 1 – 4 people. Larger groups are $50 per adult, $25 per child.

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