Pritzker Military Museum
104 S. Michigan Ave., 312-374-9333, pritzkermilitary.org
Across the street from Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library houses more than 35,000 books, posters, photographs, videos and artifacts ranging from military medals to swords telling the revealing story of American history through the eyes of the citizen soldier. Groups can take the 30-45 min. tour and explore collections ranging from training comics from WWII and Korea to medical research files.
Glessner House Museum
1800 S. Prairie Ave., 312-326-1480, glessnerhouse.org
Groups will marvel at this 17,000-square-foot modern-day castle - or so it was dubbed in 1886 when architect H. H. Richardson completed the residence for wealthy Chicagoan John Glessner along Chicago's elite Prairie Avenue. Glessner House Museum offers guided tours of Glessner House (1886), a National Historic Landmark, and Clarke House (1836), the city's oldest surviving building located in the adjacent Chicago Women's Park and Gardens. Tours are led by trained docents and last approximately one hour in each house.
1365 N. Astor St., 312-573-1365, charnleyhouse.org
Book a guided group tour of this National Historic Landmark that celebrates two major figures in American architecture, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Gold Coast residence is an impressive collaboration between the famed architects, showcasing the abstract style that later began to define modern architecture. A dramatic interior atrium, unadorned brick and limestone, and underlying geometric forms are among the highlights.
230 S. LaSalle St., 312-322-2400, chicagofed.org
Groups will be amazed at this informative introduction to the world of the Federal Reserve System during a guided tour of Chicago's Money Museum. Visitors will hear about the functions and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve System and the Chicago Fed, plus they'll learn about the fascinating historical currency collection housed in the museum.
International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-642-6502, imss.org
This fascinating museum is housed in a 1917 lakefront mansion featuring ornate details like Italian marble, decorative plaster work and a gilded metal grand staircase. Groups can peruse exciting exhibits that span surgery's history, from a turn-of-the-century apothecary shop and rare medical artifacts like a working Iron Lung, to modern, state-of-the-art medical devices.