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The Rookery

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Address: 209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60604
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+1 312-553-6150
08:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 18:00
Sat 08:00 - 14:00

Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, at 209 South LaSalle...

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.

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Lovely building I worked in there also it was in the movie the Untouchables. Al Capone was played by Robert Deniro.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely building I worked in there also it was in the movie the Untouchables. Al Capone was played by Robert Deniro.

Thank Carole C
Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were able to check out the lobby area and the beautiful intricate work of marble and the glass ceiling. The beautiful staircase was calling my name but it was also posted as No visitors beyond this point. They were having a tour group go through the building but I guessed this was a paid tour and we did not... More 

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Reviewed 18 April 2017

On one of our walks from Union Station to the Hotel we stopped here at the Rookery. A notable architectural location right in the midst of office world. You can venture in and admire the unique glass, ceramic and tiles structured and if you choose for a few dollars you can receive a tour by the Foundation volunteers of the... More 

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Massillon, Ohio
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

I really enjoy FLW's work, and i was looking forward to at least popping into the lobby of the Rookery. Unfortunately, when we got there, a sign was posted on the door that it was closed to the public, tenants were to use their keycard to access. Not sure if this is a permanent situation. Maybe next time....

2 Thank Andrea B
Glens Falls, New York
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

walk in to see lobby area and all the wonderful details on marble and glass. Spectacular work. Glad they did not tear it down. great for early morning walk and vist.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

A stunning building with wonderful detailing and use of material. The atrium renovation by Wright makes it even more of a must see.

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Minneapolis, MN
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Don't know that I'd make a special trip here. There are tours but we looked around on our own. I started talking to the security guard and he was kind enough to show us around and tell us some of the history of the building/atrium. He made going there worthwhile.

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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Beautiful historic building. Pay $10 to take a short tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed lobby area to really appreciate the building for what it is.

Thank Paul B
Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Walk into this office building and you will find informative panels explaining the history of the building and the many architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, who redesigned the interior. Definitely worth a look.

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Mundelein, Illinois
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

I have been to the Rookery Tours twice.One given by the Architectural Foundation and one by the Frank Lloyd foundation. You need to book in advance and it it very worthwhile. Each tour is very diffirent in the places you go in the Rookery.

Thank Stan K

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