About the Museum

​This stately mansion was once the home of Chicago Tribune editor and publisher Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955).

The Museum

Robert R. McCormick’s grandfather, Joseph Medill, built the house in 1896 for McCormick’s mother Katherine. McCormick acquired the house around 1910 and extensively remodeled it in 1936. Upon his death, McCormick’s will established the Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust, known today as the McCormick Foundation, which created a public park, museum, and philanthropy to foster communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. The museum opened to the public in 1958.

Your visit, a guided tour, will explore how Colonel McCormick lived here with his family from 1936 to 1955, and you will be immersed in McCormick’s legacy of journalism, history, architecture, politics, First Amendment issues, patriotism and philanthropy.

PLEASE NOTE: During school season, September-December and March-May, we often have school groups booked from 10am-1:30pm. During school season it is best to plan your visit in the afternoon or stop by the Visitors Center kiosk and ask for available tour times.