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“Beautiful building, awesome tours!”
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The Rookery
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Owner description: 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.
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Beautiful building, awesome tours!”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

If you decide to visit the Rookery, definitely get a tour!! They are free and totally worth it. I learned so much on it! You do not get to go up the staircase unfortunately but you can get really awesome pictures of it on the tour. The whole building is beautiful. I was so glad I decided to make the trip and do the tour. Highly recommend it!

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“I needed a tour guide...or at least a brochure!”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

I don't know enough about architecture to fully understand or appreciate what I saw. It was really beautiful and interesting...I just know I would have gotten more out of it if there had been a guide or brochure available.

Visited July 2013
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Anderson, Indiana, United States
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2013

If you are interested in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, this building is worth a visit. We did not take the tour, just browsing in the area ourselves. It is stunning and definitely worthy of a little time. We stepped in the gift shop to ask a question and found the staff on duty at that time to be of little help; they had no interest in us unless we wanted to purchase a book on the Rookery. This didn't leave us with a very pleasant impression, unfortunately.

Visited June 2013
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Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Worth a quick visit”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

Small space, worth a visit when getting off the train to see other things downtown. The plaques are informative, and not too intense. If you have an affinity for Frank Lloyd Wright, or or are interested in the architectural history of the city, you will not be disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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South Glastonbury, Connecticut
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The Rookery”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

We visited the Rookery in Chicago. The half hour tour was timely and inexpensive. The guide was knowledgable. It is a beautiful building with great architectural history. I enjoyed the tour, but wished it had covered more than the outside of the building, the lobby and the staircase.

Visited May 2013
Thank Ann L
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