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Pleasant Home

217 Home Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302

Historic Sites

Pleasant Home is an architectural gem that beautifully showcases 19th century craftsmanship and artistry - and offers a picture-perfect backdrop for intimate events and occasions.

Designed in 1897 by prominent architect George W. Maher, the Pleasant Home is a National Historic Landmark and the only Maher building open to the public as a museum. You and your guests will be surrounded by rich custom woodwork, extraordinary art glass windows, intricate woodcarvings, and the glowing warmth of light from another era. The Pleasant Home's 1st floor includes of the Great Hall, Living and Dining Rooms and enclosed circular porch. The front porch is a great addition to the 1st floor during warmer weather. It is perfect for wedding ceremonies, smaller banquets or cocktail parties. The Library is slightly off the beaten path, but is a great place for a buffet station for a cocktail reception. It is also perfect for small lectures of meetings that do not require the use of the whole house.

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