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The Rookery

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Address: 209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60604
Phone Number: +1 312-553-6150
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

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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Good in and see the lobby

The building is wonderful. Go in and walk around the atrium. You will only take a few min. away from your busy schedule but will see what beauty that was Architecture in the late... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is wonderful. Go in and walk around the atrium. You will only take a few min. away from your busy schedule but will see what beauty that was Architecture in the late 1800s. You also get to see Frank Lloyd Wrights addition( the canopy) in the 20s I think? I never walk by without going in for 5... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The lobby was designed by Frank Loyd Wright. If you love buildings . . This is on your list. Built in 1886.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful building that it s free to visit within the lobby or can arrange for a tour which would be more informative than just looking at the beauty of this Frank Lloyd Wright design

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

I'm a huge fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. I only wish I could have seen all of his properties through Chicago, especially his first studio. The Rookery though was quite special. Wright worked there in 1905 and was hired to update the place. He removed much of the iron and terra cotta detailing on the central staircase, balconies, and walls,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Frank Loyd Wright redid the inner could yard,/. the tour is great and the only way you can visit the stunning staircase.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Home of the Frank Llyod Wright Trust. This building has wonderful architectural details that are available for free public view in the lobby. For a small fee ($10 when I was there) you can take a guided tour of the first 2 floors.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

The Rookery was included in my Frank Lloyd Wright Around Chicago Bus Tour (also starting/ending point for the tour). While the original architect was a man named Root, FLW did an update in 1905 and melded his designs with the original. Then a student of Wright did another update in 1931. The building was restored to the 1910 state of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

This is a gorgeous restored building, be sure to walk inside to the lobby on a weekday and visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. They offer tours and you can read the plagues with the various explanations.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

My oh my..walk down this area and check out this old highriser. NOTHING to what is being built today with just glass..glass and more glass. This is ART..sculptured! Go inside. Too bad we could only see the lobby area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Many revisions to this structure through many styles, but the bones are late 1800s. Just magnificent inside and out.

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