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Address: 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: 312-994-4000
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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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One of the Best Examples of Frank's Prairy Style

This was an amazing tour of Frank's early prairy style houses. Such a great experience to tour through this property. It's well preserved/restored, the tour was very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This was an amazing tour of Frank's early prairy style houses. Such a great experience to tour through this property. It's well preserved/restored, the tour was very informative, and the the guides were friendly. Would recommend if you're into Frank's architecture.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Having walked by this house several times, it was great to finally go inside. The restoration of the house is still ongoing, but it gives you a feel for the esthetics of Wright. The stories by the guide seemed made up. How could she not know how tall he was? The lightening was interesting and the "open plan" was worth... More 

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Manchester, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Really interesting place to visit and learn a lot about Frank Lloyd Wright. The staff are very knowledgeable and the tour was excellent. This is almost a "must do" if you are in the Hyde Park area of Chicago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

The house was beautiful and well worth visiting. We enjoyed the tour we had with our guide who was an intern, but we overheard another tour and realised that the other guide was far more knowledgeable about the architecture and structure of the house. Nevertheless we thought it was a good tour and loved the house.

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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

After reading other reviews posted on line, we arrived with fairly low expectations for our tour. I am a huge Frank Lloyd Wright fan, and couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit another of his designs. Other than parking, which was difficult to find mid day on a Monday, the tour was quite informative. This is a very large home... More 

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South Pole
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I enjoyed my tour of the Robie House, and thought that the docents were very informative and encouraged people to ask questions. The house itself does not feature much of the original furniture and is still in the midst of being restored, but it is very evident how far ahead of it's time the house was when it was originally... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

So glad we spent an enjoyable and informative hour touring Robie House. Elbert was an expert tour guide and his expertise was truly appreciated by our group. Long time Frank Lloyd Wright fans, who enjoyed the tour immensely. The hour flew by!

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I was expecting so much more. My group took the tour. The staff was nice enough to let us join tour that was about to start instead of waiting an additional 30 min (since we got there early). I bought the photo pass for the extra $5, so I could take photos inside the house. They were rushing us through... More 

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

For Frank LLoyd Wright fans, a must when visiting Chicago. However the elderly tour guide assigned to our tour was rambling, repetitive and more distracting than informative. Don't forget to visit the amazing Oriental Museum diagnally opposite to see an amazing collection of early civilsatioon artifacts. The cafe next door in the Universoty Bookshop is also excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

It is quite a journey to get here from downtown, but well worth it. Fortunately, a local friend advised me not to take the CTA Green Line, as I had originally planned, as the nearest station is a 1.5 mile walk through a neighborhood that apparently isn't the safest. I took the #6 Jackson Park Express bus to the Stony... More 

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Address: 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: 312-994-4000
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Hyde Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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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.