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The Rookery

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Address: 209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60604
Phone Number: 312 553 6150
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Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, at 209 South LaSalle...

Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, at 209 South LaSalle Street, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court remodeling by Frank Lloyd Wright.When completed in 1888, The Rookery was one of the most expensive and largest commercial buildings in Chicago, housing more than 600 offices. The building’s name was carried over from a nickname given to the structures that occupied The Rookery site prior to its design. These buildings, Chicago’s temporary city hall and a water tank, were known popularly as “the rookery” because of the many birds that nested there and the likelihood of being “rooked” by the politicians in residence.In 1898, when Frank Lloyd Wright opened his studio in Oak Park, he rented space in The Rookery Building to serve as his downtown Chicago office. In 1905, Wright was commissioned to update the interior design and plan of the light court and lobbies. He realized a stunning balance between Burnham & Root’s ornamental ironwork and his own vision to create a spectacular environment – one of his most dramatic interior compositions.Learn about the building’s fascinating history and the unique contribution of one of America’s greatest architects on the Preservation Trust’s guided tours Monday through Friday at noon.

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Great display of architecture

We accidentally wandered into the Rookery and what a great little find. Wonderful display of design inside in every corner and a great example of Frank Lloyd Wright's work. Anyone... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We accidentally wandered into the Rookery and what a great little find. Wonderful display of design inside in every corner and a great example of Frank Lloyd Wright's work. Anyone interested in architecture must visit The Rookery.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You have to pay for a tour fee is 7 usd. but you can access just only second floor and first 5 stair steps. But if you would like to have good architecture photo, i think it worth to go. One thing you should know s their staff not much friendly

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Sharon, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are on the architecture tour or just doing some casual sightseeing, do not miss this building. The building exterior is stunning, but the lobby is truly astonishing. The interior was redesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright and quite a sight to see.

Thank AbrahamLincolnCPA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wanted to visit this building on an earlier trip to Chicago, but tour is closed on the weekend. Paid for the tour, but the information given wasn't much more than what was available on the placards posted on the wall. Was hoping to see the offices of Burnum and Root since they have been restored; but it was not... More 

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new york city
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take a few steps off the beaten path and visit the Rookery. It is a splendid example of architecture, and whether you have a guide or not, should not be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We learned a lot and took lots of pictures as this was extremely interesting and a very photogenic spot.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the remodel but not the actual building. It was nice to see the history of the building and to see how it changes.

Thank Denise A
Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Great tour conducted by the Frank LLoyd Wright Trust. A knowledgeable guide who enthusiastically shared his love and knowledge of this building. The involvement of 3 different architectural visions was rather fascinating. The melding of Frank Llyod Wright's vision with that of a previous architectural vision is most unusual and delightful.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Amazing restoration of one of the amazing post-Chicago Fire buildings. Burnham & Root architects designed this National Historic Landmark which was completed in 1888. In 1905, Frank Lloyd Wright redesigned the marvelous skylight lobby area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

You can look in the lobby of this building without booking a tour, but the security guards are a little Gestapo like (it is a private office and I get that some tourists can be a little obnoxious), so if you really want a feel for the lovely architecture, spend $7 for a tour. You will actually get to go... More 

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