University of Chicago is always building something or fixing the streets, and when my husband and I decided to visit it was a nightmare. Parking is bad, so look into bus and cab service. Our traffic was so bad, we missed our tour window and had to be assimilated into the next.
BUT IT WAS WORTH IT!
I've been to Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Florida Southern University, and Taliesen West, outside of Unity Temple and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Workshop, so we are big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Robie House was absolutely wonderful! What a great experience it was. After a great tour, (the tour guides are very knowledgable) there is a small gift shop waiting to tempt you with goodies.
This is architecture meets sociology. In the context of the time, the social and architectural models for high class homes were European, principally Victorian. Rooms were small and specialized, and visually rich, and with multiple stories. Frank Lloyd Wright set out to make American architecture out of a rolling expanse of the great plains with a nod to Japanese aesthetics. The large rooms flow into each other, horizontal lines were emphasized. Built in furniture gave a non cluttered look. Windows are unique Wright designed stained glass, and his furniture was specifically made to harmonize. He even designed clothing and dishes!
This is the last of the "Prarie Style" homes he built.