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The Rookery
Ranked #43 of 688 things to do in Chicago
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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.
Reviewed 24 April 2012

The beauty of this building is really inside. Not to be missed

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

At noon Monday-Friday, there is a $5 thirty-minute tour by Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust docents. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to see and learn about this revolutionary (at the time) fireproof building, built by Daniel Burnham and John Root in 1885, after the Chicago Fire razed much of downtown. In 1907, Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to "modernize' the already-beautiful "light court" lobby. it is clearly recognizable as Wright's work but he was true to and respectful of Burnham/Root's original design. In 1931, William Drummond did more modernization, notably the elevators and the spiral staircase. Just gorgeous. Note that you only get to view the outside, first floor lobby, second floor elevator lobby, and the winding staircase.

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Reviewed 18 April 2012

Make sure you go inside to see the fantastic interior and ceiling, redone by a young Frank Lloyd Wright in uncharacteristicly ornate style.

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Reviewed 17 April 2012

Very intersting Building. Fans of old ornate architecture would enjoy seeing this.

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Reviewed 9 April 2012

if you like interior architecture and frank lloyd wright, this is a must

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