Clarke House Museum

Visitor Information

1800 S. Prairie Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616

Phone: 312-326-1480
Hours: Year-round, except for major holidays. See website for details. Public tours offered Wednesday-Sunday at 12pm and 2pm. All tours begin in the Glessner House Museum tour center. No reservations, walk-in only.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: Free admission. 10% off merchandise in Museum Shop.


Clarke House Museum is the oldest surviving building within the original Chicago city limits. The house, built 1836 for merchant Henry Brown Clarke, is a rare example of Greek Revival domestic architecture in Chicago. Moved twice, it is now located in the Prairie Avenue Historic District and interprets family life in pre-Civil War Chicago. Clarke House Museum is operated by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, furnished to the period 1853-1860 by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Illinois, and interpreted through a partnership with Glessner House Museum.