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The Rookery Building

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Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s 1888 Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most dramatic interior compositions – a luminous and brilliantly articulated central...more
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209 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60604-1219
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two of our Chicago Architecture Center tours went into the Rookery but it was not their Rookery Building tour which you can book as well to get way more detailed information. Nevertheless, one of my favorite buildings in Chicago, inside and outside. Beautiful. Just pop...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The exterior of this building is the main sight to see its detail. Note the crows by the entrance. The building was referred to as the Rookery Building for years before officially being renamed to that. Stop in and look at the lobby if you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

I mean it is a nice building and a good photo opportunity but it’s just the lobby you can go to. I saw a tour going on while there and they got to go upstairs but I have no idea how to book a tour....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 20, 2018

The tour guide gives history of the building and of Wright's contribution to the architecture. Go when the Burnham Library is open.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

I just love to show this atrium to all my friends and family visiting Chicago downtown with me. It is a hidden treasure for those who don’t purchase Architectural tour or someone else show them how to get inside. Only atrium accessible to the public....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 14, 2018

We visited the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and toured the Rookery with a FLW Trust guide. This was an excellent tour for any lover of architectural history. The lobby is amazing and the guide thoroughly shared the history of the building through its various architectural...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

The building is very unique and the architecture inside is definitely worth checking out. If your looking to do something new I recommend checking this place out.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 22, 2018

Yes FLW is one America's Great Architects and this atrium shows you why. Beautiful layout, design, lighting. They just don't make it like this anymore. Self tour in a building that has business going on as usual. Must see if you are a FLW fan...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 19, 2018

You can easily pop in for a look at this very interesting lobby. I went with a walking tour group, so we got a more in depth explanation of all the architectural features.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 15, 2018

We weren't sure if we could get out to Oak Park on our short stay in Chicago, and thought we might have to settle for The Rookery to be our main "Frank Lloyd Wright" experience. Luckily we did make it out to Oak Park, but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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March 1, 2018|
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Response from sleepster | Reviewed this property |
My answer is pretty much the same. It's probably a question of getting lucky with the security people.
December 19, 2017|
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Response from JulieLee75 | Reviewed this property |
It’s not a skyscraper. The tour is $15.
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July 30, 2016|
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Call them and ask!
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Rookery Golf Club - Marriott (3 Replies)
Has anyone played here recently? curious as to opinions. My wife and I are scheduled to check in around June 1 for 5 nights . . . . also: what other golf club reccomendations would you have? any other must play courses?
April 22, 2006|
Response frommoran1616|
We played the Rookery in late February. Challenging course in excellent condition! They were working on a new clubhouse and the pro shop was in a trailer in the parking lot. Food was in a tent close to the golf range.