Fodor's Expert Review Loyola at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Samuel Insull, partner of Thomas Edison and founder of Commonwealth Edison, built this mansion as a country home in 1916. After Insull lost his fortune, John Cuneo Sr., the printing-press magnate, bought the estate and fashioned it into something far more spectacular. The skylighted great hall in the main house resembles the open central courtyard of an Italian palazzo, the private family chapel has stained-glass windows, and a gilded grand piano graces the ballroom. Tours highlight the antique furnishings, 17th-century Flemish tapestries, and Italian paintings that fill the interior.