Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House

Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House

Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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In accordance with CDC recommendations, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust requests that both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons wear a face mask indoors at all Trust sites. (8/3/21) The Frederick C. Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. This Prairie style masterpiece is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the 20th Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright List. Discover the residence Wright described as “a cornerstone of modern architecture” on guided tours that take in both the exterior and interior of the building. Inspired by the expansive landscape of the Midwest prairie, Wright’s Robie House is the most famous of the architect’s groundbreaking Prairie houses. Public tours are available Thursday - Monday. The museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Visit flwright.org to learn 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.
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Paradise597180
Chicago, IL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
My wife and I went on the Robie house tour for the first time and found it super interesting. Wright's design are quite beautiful and unique and this tour is a great way to experience his talents and family life. Great tour for out of towners and life long Chicagoans.
Written May 8, 2022
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Jane M
Washington, D.C.240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
If you have interest in architecture, FLW this house is a great example of his work. The guide was very knowledgeable and the house is in pretty nice shape. Always want more furniture in the houses, particularly FLW designed, but there were even a few examples of this. We even sprung for the exterior audio tour that takes you a few blocks north and south and describes the architecture surrounding the Robie House neighborhood. Really enjoyed that also.
Written June 23, 2022
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James A
Windsor, Canada18,751 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
The Robbie house was real nice visit and I’d wished I’d had time for a guided tour but as part of the University of Chicago campus area you can see it’s exterior for free. That alone is worth a visit. There are many FLW homes in Chicago but not this area of the city.
Written May 27, 2022
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JClay1967
Atlanta, GA196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
As a lover of architecture, or just cool houses, this tour is NOT to be missed. I have been to two of Wright's houses. Here and in Arizona and neither tour disappointed. You will be happy that we stopped by to see this house. While you are waiting for your tour, be sure to walk around the beautiful Univ of Chicago campus surrounding the home. It can make for a wonderful fall afternoon. AND if you don't have time to wait, it is just an experience to view the exterior of the home and enjoy Mr. Wright's work
Written February 12, 2020
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Stephen W
Buntingford, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
You have to book a tour to this UNESCO heritage site, but the guides are knowledgable, and friendly. It takes an hour to tour the newly restored house and its a wonder. Good gift shop too with very funny volunteer helpers...
Written March 10, 2020
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TeacherLibrarian
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Our tour guide, Amanda, has obviously done her homework. She knew so much about Frank Lloyd Wright, the Robie family, Chicago, and in particular, this home. What an excellent tour full of exciting, new information that I never had on previous tours.
Written January 13, 2020
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FUL-QWVR
Springfield, MO1,389 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Great guided tour. Our tour guide, Bob, was knowledgeable and pleasant. What an incredible cutting edge design for a house at the turn of the century. 120+ years later this residence is still awe inspiring.

Sadly, there is only one piece of furniture in the entire house. Would have been nice to see a little more of the FLW designed furniture to give the full picture of this architectural icon. A little surprised at the lack of upkeep to the dandelion covered lawn and the stained rugs. Still a great visit.
Written May 8, 2021
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Deborahdear
Schuylkill Haven81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We took the guided tour and enjoyed every minute! Building and furnishings have been expertly restored. Could not have been better. We also visited the UU church that he designed and frequented (his uncle was high-ranking clergy there) as well as the house three other Chicagoland FLW-designed houses.
Written July 14, 2020
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Archeus1
London, Canada129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
If you are even remotely interested in architecture, you must visit the Robie house when in Chicago. Frank Lloyd Wright's final prairie house is an architectural and structural masterpiece, incorporating everything he learned about the pragmatic application of this style with the use of new technology of the time. It's hard to keep in mind that this house was constructed in 1910. It could almost be new - which of course is the curse of modernism. Modernist buildings still appear...well...modern, even in today's context. Standing in the presence of a masterpiece is always humbling, whether it's a Rembrandt, a Picasso or an FLW. A US$20.00 cab ride (cabs are plentiful in Chicago) from downtown will get you there in relative comfort and in about 15 minutes. (Cabbies here don't mess around.) Transit is also close by, and the walk through the University campus in Hyde Park is quite lovely if you choose the latter. It is free to visit and photograph the exterior of the Robie house or to drop into the well-stocked and interesting gift shop. (Your purchases help with the restoration efforts which are on-going.) Interior tours cost US$15.00 and for a few extra bucks you can purchase a photo pass which will allow you to take interior photographs (flash as well.) They'll even check your coat for you. When touring any FLW home, don't forget to look up. If 'God is in the details,' Mr. Wright's ceilings in the Robie house reflect 'heaven'. As for the tour, the knowledgeable and personable docent's will point out things and tell the story, but at the end of the day, they are just words. FLW buildings can't be adequately described...they must be experienced. Go visit and for goodness sake, buy something. You'll be helping to preserve this place for our children to appreciate and ponder, if they are able to put down their devices long enough, that is. Let's hope.
Written January 19, 2015
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Geoff B
Coquitlam, Canada44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright is a masterpiece of Prarie-Style Architecture, an Amarican original.
The house offers several tours. We took the "Private Spaces In-Depth Tour" and highly recommend it. The tour is limited in both number of participants and tour times (Saturday and Sunday mornings only). The tour allows for photography, unlike the guided / self guided tours that do not.
The In-Depth Tour includes areas not accessible to the Guided / Self Guided Interior Tours. The volunteer docents are full of information and present wonderful experience.
I would suggest purchasing the Membership . This will come in handy at other Frank Lloyd attractions like the Home and Studio in Oak Park and the Rookery downtown.
Written September 15, 2011
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $27.00, while a popular guided tour starts around $5.40 per person.



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