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Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour

Saturdays, July 7 - September 1 1 - 2:30 p.m. Buy Tickets Tour Only: $20 With Admission: $30 (Tickets Available Soon)

During the Gilded Age the neighborhood surrounding the Nickerson Mansion was known as McCormickville. Through historical photographs and visits to surviving buildings, Sally Kalmbach will illuminate the lives of the prominent families and notable public figures who once called the area home.

  • Tour is approximately 75 minutes and requires standing and walking.
  • Tour goes on rain or shine.
  • Comfortable walking shoes, water, a hat, and sunscreen are highly recommended, especially on warmer days.
  • Please arrive at the Museum 15 minutes before the tour begins.


Sally Sexton Kalmbach is a fourth generation Chicagoan whose family founded a Chicago-based coffee and tea company in the early 1880s, at the same time Potter Palmer was developing the Gold Coast. She has taught classes in Chicago history at the Newberry Library and gives speeches and tours on topics including Chicago’s Gold Coast, the Columbian Exposition of 1893, and prominent families of Chicago’s Gilded Age.

Photo: The Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion, exterior from the southeast, circa 1883. Courtesy of Roland C. Nickerson.

Ticket Refund Policy
Tickets are fully refundable up to 72 hours prior to the event.

Use of Photography
Please note that in exchange for your reservation and/or ticket, you have authorized the Driehaus Museum to photograph, record, film, video tape, or otherwise use your likeness, performance, image, and/or voice for use in general and/or program-related Driehaus Museum promotional materials. If for any reason, you do not wish to be photographed, please provide your name(s) at check-in on the day of the event.