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Address: 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: 312-994-4000
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Thu - Mon 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Description: The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of...
The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. It was created by Frank Lloyd Wright for his client Frederick C. Robie, a forward-thinking businessman. Designed in Wright's Oak Park studio in 1908 and completed in 1910, the building is both a masterpiece of the Prairie style and renowned as a forerunner of modernism in architecture. Tours of the site offer both a first-hand experience of its amazingly contemporary spaces and the current restoration work that is returning the house to its original appearance.Public tours are available Thursday – Monday. The museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Social events and family programs are hosted on weekends throughout the year. Robie House is also available for facility rentals and special events. Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust website to learn more.
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American Landmark

If you are in the neighborhood, the Robie House is worth seeing. I enjoyed the guide's depth of information about the house, the Robie family and Frank Lloyd Wright. What an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha, Nebraska
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

If you are in the neighborhood, the Robie House is worth seeing. I enjoyed the guide's depth of information about the house, the Robie family and Frank Lloyd Wright. What an interesting history and what a beautiful place.

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Ahmedabad, India
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

A National Historic landmark on the campus of University of Chicago in Hyde Park. Keep the postal address handy as cab drivers may not know the exact location (mine didn't) and as it requires an entry fee with registration to guided tour as the only way to see the interiors, it worth all the information. you can pre-register online and... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Amazing home in the midst of a major renovation. I highly recommend the site if you are a fan of Frank's work. It is a great way to see the damage time and multiple uses can take on a 100 year old home, while marveling at the brilliance of Mr. Wright. His insight and vision is evident and there are... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We just walked around the outside of the building rather than springing for the tour. The style of the house and the windows are a wonder to look at. Right next to the the house is a book store with a cafe. If you are so inclined to grab a drink, sit out on the patio and marvel at this... More 

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Cranford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I was in the area and bought a tour ticket without doing any research on the house or tour. I know somethings about Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie architecture style, but the Robie House and tour brought it all to life in a way which exceeded my expectations. It is a relatively small house and the tour is quick -... More 

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Yakima, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Simply fascinating! Amazing what Frank Lloyd Wright innovated in the early 1900's.; recessed lighting, drip watering system for planters, attached garage. The "light screens" windows were beautiful. Now I want to go see his other homes and buildings that are on tour..

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Hastings, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Visiting this home is an absolute must if in the Hyde Park area of Chicago and well worth the trip if anywhere else in the city! The house is Frank Lloyd Wright's final prairie style architectural house and it encapsulates the finest elements of his style. To see the house you have to go on a tour which visits the... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

It is so famous and for a reason. In the University of Chicago campus. I only could see it from outside because it was closed when I visited.

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JohnK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Guide was knowledgeable and very interesting. The house is externally well-preserved. The interior was somewhat worse for wear after Chicago Theological Seminary and University of Chicago ownership, and reconstruction has only partially been completed; this is why 4 and not 5 stars. My 12 year old daughter liked it, and she's a hard sell. They'll check bags for you, and... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We took the after hours tour, only available on Friday nights in april and october, wich comes with live music, drinks and hors d'oevres. It allows you to stroll around the house on your own, wilst a guide is present to accomodate your questions. We really enjoyed the formula, the present guide was a wonderful and knoledgeable lady, music, drinks... More 

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If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.