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The Rookery

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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...more
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209 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60604-1219
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-994-4000
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

Please, please, please, spend even five minutes in the lobby here to see one of Chicago's architectural marvels, and don't forget to peer around the columns--one was left alone during renovation in order to show Daniel Burnham's 1888 original against the 1905 FLW remodel. And,...More

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Reviewed February 20, 2018

Definitely stop by to look at the Frank Lloyd Wright interior and spend some time reading the building's history.

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Reviewed February 15, 2018 via mobile

Not sure what I was expecting to see but it is a curious building in the middle of Chicago. One exsposed pillar showed the original work before FLW tried his hand at it. You wont need a great deal of time to have a quick...More

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

The Rookery is one of the city's gems and a notable building on the historic registry. Designed by Daniel Burnham (also the Chicago Railway Exchange, AKA the Santa Fe building) and a prime example of the architect's work. Another aspect of the building is it's...More

1  Thank C809SQedwardr
Reviewed January 12, 2018

This building is an architectural delight. Truly beautiful. The interior could be compared to a stunning wedding dress, jeweled tiara, or delightful confection. The brawny detailed exterior and the more delicately detailed interior make one understand that architecture can be so much more that form...More

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Reviewed December 17, 2017

Worthwhile stop on the Frank Lloyd Wright trail. Shows how his vision could enhance existing structures and a historical bldg in its own right. The Burnham library option is really not much to see other than getting add'l info from the always-knowledgeable docents and to...More

Reviewed December 6, 2017

Built after the Chicago Fire of 1871, dating from around 1880, the interior is an excellent example of architecture and unparalled craftsmanship

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Reviewed November 28, 2017 via mobile

Totally worth doing the tour through the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation. The guide is very knowledgeable, as you’d expect, and also personable and fun. The building itself is beautiful and hearing about the various features and decisions that were made over the years as the...More

1  Thank Julie L
Reviewed November 21, 2017

The building is a fine example of the architectural treasures that Chicago is blessed with, a neo-Romanesque delight that has benefited of work by Frank Lloyd Wright. The inner courtyard is delightful; it is the site of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, which has a...More

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

If you are at all interested in the architecture of Chicago, the Rookery is an essential visit. Considered the finest office building when it was completed in 1886, the building designed by architectural heavyweights Burnham and Root features a glass ceiling light court. Since no...More

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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 Julie L | Reviewed this property |
It’s not a skyscraper. The tour is $15.
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Response from Cheryl C | Reviewed this property |
Call them and ask!