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“Loved the Saturday Bike Tour”

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Oak Park
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Owner description: The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio served as Wright's private residence and workplace from 1889 to 1909--the first 20 years of his career. Here Wright developed a new American architecture: the Prairie style. Trained interpreters offer insights into Wright's family life and architectural career. Enjoy guided tours of the museum complex and neighboring historic district seven days a week. Tour details are available on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust website.
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

I took the Saturday Oak Park bike tour with my three teens. We also took the tour through Wright's house and studio.

Bike Tour:
I highly recommend the bike tour. It was super fun for me. The kids, however, were not quite as interested (since they had very little background knowledge).

You pick up your bike at a local shop. They are comfortable and easy to ride (there were no baskets on the bikes so don't bring along extras). Helmets are provided but not required. The roads are flat, the pace is leisurely. There wasn't a lot of traffic on the roads and it felt safe.

The tour takes you through the neighborhood viewing about 22 FLW houses from the street. The guide stopped at each house and gave some history and details, always allowing for plenty of time for photographs.

Our guide was not great. It seemed this was his first bike tour....he wasn't sure of the route. He referred to notes for each house. Still, he did an okay job and tried to answer all questions. I finished the tour knowing a lot more than when I started. He was especially good at outlining the development in Wright's designs. My only complaint with this tour was that we did not stop at the Unity Temple, not even breifly for a photo, we just rode right by.

House and Studio Tour:
We took the tour immediately following the bike tour. If you take both, plan on about 30 minutes or more between the end of the bike tour and the start of the home tour (the bike shop is at least 1/2 mile away - we walked between the two). We visited in mid July and it was hot. It is possible to linger in the air conditioned gift shop prior to the start of the tour.

You must check large bags before the start of the tour. There is no photography allowed inside.

Tours are carefully timed and move at a constant pace through the house and studio. There is not a lot of time to linger and ask questions. In fact, our guide, really didn't encourage questions or discussion.

I preferred the studio tour to the home tour. If you have time, I found the Robie House to be the most enjoyable visit...you get a better sense of FLW's designs.

Thank pricklypoppy
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

We very much enjoyed the tour of the house and studio, it was very informative. I probably would not bring kids along, though there were some very well behaved ones on our tour. Instead of getting the audioguide of the neighborhood we walked around ourselves, but I would consider getting the guide if I did it again. The houses in that neighborhood are incredible.

Thank travelbatty
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

We knew only a little about FLW ahead of time. It was a wonderful learning experience for us all. Our guide gave us a lot of details about the house and the life of FLW. It was so interesting that it prompted me to read the book "Loving Frank" after the trip...an enjoyable quick read.

Advance reservations are recommended - as it sells out during busy periods.

We traveled via the subway and el - it took under 1 hour on a Sunday from the John Hancock observatory area.

1  Thank mkbmkb
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

We went to all the big museums, but this gem was our favorite spot. You really get an inner look into Wright's development as an architect. On Saturday's, you can tour other homes in Oak Park that were also degigned by Wright. There are about 130 of his homes in town. Our guide was knowledgeable and you could tell that Wright was his hero. If you are fllying out of Midway, this is an easy stop. From the house, go about three miles east on Chicago street and then about 5 mles south on Cicero avenue and you are at the airport.

1  Thank PhilK58
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

We were visiting Chicago and planned an afternoon in Oak Park to see Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio and then look at other architecturally interesting homes in the neighborhood. From the loop, take the Green Line and get off at Harlem-Green. You can easily walk up to the studio on Chicago Avenue. You need to sign up to tour the home, and we had a short wait. On the up side, we were able to look at what the shop had to offer in air-conditioned comfort while waiting. Tours of the home are guided by docents, the size of the group is controlled, and photography is not allowed. Our guide was very knowledgeable! After the tour, we spent time walking the surrounding neighborhood to see houses designed by Wright and his contemporaries. We did not use the foundation's guided audio tour for our walk, we used FanGuide Oak Park, an iphone/ipod application. This app has several guided tours of local Prarie School buildings with photo and map support, and it was just right for us. Tip: stop at Petersen's Ice Cream Parlour on Chicago Ave. at some point. Yum!

Thank betty2dogs
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