Free Tours of Chicago’s Rookery Building

Free Tours of Chicago’s famous Rookery Building start  on Friday, April 1 (click link at bottom for more info).  Now you can learn about the building’s fascinating history and the unique contribution of one of America’s greatest architects on the Preservation Trust’s FREE guided tour every Monday and Friday at 12 noon. 30 minutes. FREE.   Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Free tickets available at the Preservation Trust’s Information Center in the Rookery lobby. Advance reservations not accepted.

free-tours-of-the-rookery building chicagoSet 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.

The Rookery
209 LaSalle Street, Chicago, Il 60604


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