The International Museum of Surgical Science offers monthly, candlelit tours of its historic landmarked mansion on Chicago’s majestic lakefront. Also known as the Eleanor Countiss House, 1524 N. Lakeshore Drive was supervised by its singular mistress from the Spring of 1917 until her death in the home on the early morning of March 20, 1931.

Bathed in warm candlelight, these unique explorations of 1524 delve into the architecture of the space and the lives of its original occupants. Highlights from the IMSS permanent collection invite guests to layer their experience of the property as a historic dwelling and modern-day Museum – as much enchanted by its elegant past as it is haunted by the morbid curiosities it houses today.


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 an elevator or wheelchair ramp access, please call or email ahead.