1524 N. Lake Shore Drive has been the home of the International Museum of Surgical Science since the early 1950s; though in the decades prior, this stately limestone mansion on the shores of Lake Michigan was the private residence of Chicago socialite Eleanor Robinson Countiss. The mansion first opened onto an unspoiled lakefront in the Spring of 1917, and was supervised by its singular Mistress until her untimely death in the Spring of 1931.
The age of the mansion has long drawn speculation that it is haunted. After nearly two decades dwelt within a property fit for royalty, it’s imaginable that Eleanor might have chosen to remain here beyond the grave. Ghost stories aside, it is easy to be “haunted” in these halls, rich as they are with tokens of bygone eras; ornamental moulding, original fixtures, oriental rugs, and fragments of fossils in the lush marble floors testify to the stature of the building. Bathed in warm candlelight, this unique exploration of "1524" delves into the architecture of the mansion as well as the lives of its former occupants.
A complimentary reception follows the tour.
These are hour-long walking tours and guests will be asked to summit 4 flights of stairs.
If you or any one in your party requires special accommodations, such as elevator or wheel-chair ramp access, please call or email ahead.