Our Story

Generations of knowledge for a moment in the making. 



The House of Glunz is the only thing more storied than the wines and spirits we carry.

Our legacy began in 1888 when great-grandfather Louis Glunz Sr. journeyed from Westphalia, Germany to what is now known as the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. His relationships with buyers, sellers and producers—distilled from hard work and trusted handshakes—are valued generations later and create the foundation for our distinctive collections. 

These relationships allow The House of Glunz to uniquely select and curate the finest wines and spirits at their best value.

Today, proprietors Barbara Glunz-Donovan and Christopher Donovan are proud that we stand as the oldest wine shop still owned by the same family in Chicago - and the entire United States. 

With over 130 years of service, The House of Glunz has been recognized by Chicago Magazine as the Best Wine Shop in Chicago. 

Offering a thoughtful selection of the finest wines and spirits, The House of Glunz accommodates all requests spanning casual “everyday wines” to the highly allocated and rare wines and spirits held in our extensive cellar.