Mansion Events

The historic Jacob Henry Estate transforms an ordinary celebration into an extraordinary one

2021 "Royal Weddings"

Tuesday, April 13th
11:00 AM Lunch Matinee


In this illustrated lecture, historian Leslie Goddard explores the history of ten regal marriages. Beyond their glamour, how do these occasions work to strengthen the notions of a national identity? How have royal couples negotiated the balance between a significant personal occasion and powerful national pressures?

"Remembering Route 66"

Thursday, June 24th
11:45 AM Lunch Matinee

2021 Dates: June 24th & September 21st
Route 66: The name evokes images of gas stations, mom-and-pop motels, quirky attractions, and adventure on the open road. In this nostalgia-packed lecture, historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., explores the history of Route 66, the iconic road that linked Chicago to Los Angeles from 1926 until its closing in the mid-1980s. Learn why Route 66 remains so indelibly associated with the lore of the American road trip. What was Route 66 like at its pinnacle – and what is it today? Leslie Goddard is an award-winning actress and scholar who has been presenting history programs for more than ten years. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in American studies and U.S. history as well as a master’s degree in theater. A former museum director, she is the author of two books on history and currently works full-time as an author and public speaker. Her programs have been presented for hundreds of museums, libraries, senior centers, clubs, and other organizations around the country.

"Mystery in the Mansion"

Wednesday, July 14th
11:30 AM Lunch Matinee

2021 Dates: July 14th, July 29th & October 28th

You will arrive at The Jacob Henry Mansion
where you will be greeted by your intriguing hosts. 
Your personalized mystery is filled with suspense, puzzling clues and fun. 
The best is yet to come…when the killer is actually one of you. 
Everyone becomes involved to solve our

"Piano Man" A tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel

Wednesday, September 22nd
10:30 AM Lunch Matinee

This is one event you won't want to miss. Piano Man brings the music of Elton John and Billy Joel to life in a show that pays them the ultimate tribute with your favorite songs. With some of the most versatile musicians and the uncanny ability to mimic the voices of these two mega-superstars, Piano Man is one of the most authentic tribute bands in the country. 



Wednesday, September 29th
10:30 AM Lunch Matinee

Willkommen zu "Henry Haus" - Welcome to the "Henry Haus"!

Join us for our annual Oktoberfest celebration. Enjoy the music of The Johnny Wagner Band a household name in many German speaking communities. Specializing in traditional Bavarian, Austrian, and Slovenian styles of Polka Music, including Yodeling, performances on the Swiss Alphorn (a 15 foot long horn from the mountains of Switzerland), The Austrian cowbells, and clever audience participation that will have everyone singing, laughing and enjoying the sounds of a good Polka Band!

"Divas & King's"

Wednesday, October 6th
10:30 AM Lunch Matinee

Diva and Jeorge, gifted tenors, have the ability to perform the greatest tenor arias of all times. They will sing legendary styles that inspire, bring laughter and touch the soul through their gifts. Their powerful voices and personalities inspire while entertaining their audience.

"The Four C-Notes"

Thursday, October 7th
10:30 AM Lunch Matinee

The Four4 C Notes was created by John Michael Coppola, best known for hisappearance in Chicago’s long running production of the Broadway, smash hit JERSEY BOYS. THE FOUR C-NOTES are the Midwest’s ONLY tribute dedicated to recreating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons!
The tribute features all of your favorite hits, including: “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like A Man” “Workin’ My Way Back To You, (Babe)”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, “Let’s Hang On” and many, many, more…

"Afternoon Tea"

Wednesday, October 20th
11:45 AM Lunch Matinee


The History and Rituals of AFTERNOON TEA 

Enjoy your afternoon as historian Leslie Goddard, PhD. explores the history and luxurious artistry of afternoon tea. How and when did the custom of enjoying tea in the late afternoon begin? 
Why was afternoon tea so important for the Edwardian's in particular? And do you really have to hold your “pinkies up”? 
Learn correct tea etiquette, what a proper menu included, and why the custom of afternoon tea remains so endearingly appealing.

"Medium at The Mansion"

Tuesday, October 26th
11:00 AM Lunch Matinee

2021 Dates: October 26th & November 2nd

Enjoy a self guided tour of the Jacob Henry Mansion followed by a luncheon and a “Group Reading” by Psychic Medium Michael Gourley. Michael is one of the “Top 10 Chicago Psychics". Michael will explain how he uses his gifts to deliver messages from loved ones in spirit, and will deliver any messages that come through for our guests – there may even be a message for you!!

"Sweet Home Chicago" Chicago's Sweet History

Wednesday, October 27th
10:30 AM Lunch Matinee

For most of its history, Chicago produce about 1/3 of the nations candy. Did you know some of the world's favorite candies were made or invented right here? Brach's Caramels, Snickers, Milky Way, Wrigley's Gum, Cracker Jack, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Tootsie Roll‘s and Franco Mints are just some of the great works by Chicago candy makers. Learn the history of these tasty treats and explore what made Chicago such an ideal location for candy makers. Find out why immigrants played a critical role in confectionary history, discover how Baby Ruth and Milk Duds got their name and take a fun candy quiz.
It’s delicious fun.
*Special Dessert Alert
Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Everyone will enjoy a scoop of vanilla ice cream, accompanied by an assortment of Chicago candy to decorate it with.