Sometimes you can live in a city for years and have an amazing spot exist right under your nose. Cue: The Driehaus Museum!
This breathtaking mansion is located just off the Magnificent Mile and really sneaks up on you. It was built in the late 19th century and originally the home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson. In 2003 the museum was founded by Richard H. Driehaus who commissioned a five year restoration to preserve the structure of the building and its contents.
The museum boasts vibrant interiors with an outstanding collection of paintings, furniture and decorative pieces.
Guided tours are offered and I would highly recommend taking one! In the interest of time I did a self-guided tour which is also possible through well marked rooms and knowledgeable docents on hand for any and all questions.
The Drihaus features rotating exhibits on its second floor. Currently it is showing Maker and Muse, showcasing 20th century jewelry. The 250 plus piece collection includes works from a breadth of artists, most recognizable Tiffany and Co. The exhibit is running through January 3, 2016.
Not to be missed is the upcoming exhibit "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times". The collection will include costume pieces from the show 'Downton Abbey' and celebrate the sixth season of this spectacular show!
The Driehaus Museum is located at 40 East Erie Street in Chicago. Admission starts at $20; visitors can pay $5 more for a guided tour through the home. The museum is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10AM to 5PM and check the website for tour times.