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This historic lakeside mansion that is now a museum was constructed in 1917. The elegant structure was designed to follow the historic lines of Le Petit Trianon, a French chateau on the grounds of Versailles completed in 1770 by architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, and remembered as the playhouse of Marie Antoinette. The architect Howard Van Doren Shaw was hired to design the mansion with modifications including a fourth floor and a carriage drive. Original interior finishes of polished limestone, Italian marble, decorative plaster, brass fixtures and hardware, eight stone fireplaces, and a gilded metal staircase are among the features which have been preserved. One of the few remaining lakefront mansions in Chicago, and the only one open to the public, the building received historic status in 1988, and is listed in the National Register and the Illinois Register of Historic Places and is a City of Chicago Landmark. The mansion is one of “Seven Houses on Lake Shore Drive,” a grouping of seven historically significant Chicago mansions on the lakefront. All venue rentals include the use of all four floors of the Museum. Pricing & Availability The Museum is available for production use seven days a week. Evening production can start at 6:00 PM with set up starting at 4:00 PM. Rentals starting before 6:00 AM or ending past midnight are at a rate of $1,000 per hour. 1-2 room only availability during Museum hours of 9:30am - 5:00pm. Accessibility The Museum has two indoor ramps and an elevator. A wheelchair accessible entrance is located on the north side of the building.
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Guests may cancel their Booking until 90 days before the event start time and will receive a full refund (including all Fees) of their Booking Price. Guests may cancel their Booking between 90 days and 14 days before the event start time and receive a 50% refund (excluding Fees) of their Booking Price. Cancellations submitted less than 14 days before the Event start time are not refundable. Learn more
Robert S. booked a music video shoot for 15 people
The location looked like it was In the photos but you can't touch alot of what's in the space which makes it hard for a photo shoot or music video. The staff was great.
Anne M. booked a 60th birthday party for 40 people
Magnificent venue, perfect mix of right-size rooms for a dinner and dance party for 45 guests. Nice flow between rooms. Professional from start to finish.