We offer customized tours for groups of 10 or more people of the Chicago area's most famous Frank Lloyd Wright sites: his first Home and Studio in Oak Park; the Oak Park Historic District; the Frederick C. Robie House in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago; The Rookery Light Court in downtown Chicago; the Emil Bach House in the Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago.
Spend a day experiencing these National Historic Landmarks and their architecturally rich neighborhoods. All tours are led by trained guides. Groups must book in advance. Most tours are approximately 1 hour. Length of visit varies according to group size. We encourage booking 30-60 days in advance so that we may better accommodate your plans.
Most of our daily, monthly and themed tours are available as group tours. For more information and to make a reservation, contact our Group Tour Manager at 312.994.4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group tour offerings through December 2016
Tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park
Guided Interior Tour
Frank Lloyd Wright used his first home to experiment with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy. In his adjacent studio, Wright and his associates developed a new American architecture - the Prairie style. Trained interpreters offer insights into Wright's family life and architectural career.
Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour
Oak Park is home to the world's largest collection of Wright-designed buildings. Discover the development of Wright's style between 1889 and 1909, and trace the evolution of American residential architecture as trained interpreters guide you through the Historic District surrounding the Home and Studio.
Book Club Tour - The Wright Women: Fact and Fiction
A unique tour experiences for book clubs.
Readers are invited to enhance their enjoyment of Nancy Horan's Loving Frank. Bring your book club to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, IL for an enhanced tour of the site that figured so prominently in Wright's early career and in the growth of his relationships.
Enjoy the magical space of Wright's own drafting room and explore the truth and fiction of the novel with a discussion facilitated by the Trust's education staff and volunteers. Let our collection of historic photographs and artifacts enrich your appreciation of the history behind the book.
Oak Park-River Forest Step-on Guide Tour for Motorcoach
Explore the architectural delights of Oak Park and River Forest from the comfort of your motorcoach. Our expert guide joins your coach group at the Home and Studio to offer a tour of historic Oak Park and River Forest, featuring structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries.
Tours of Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago
Guided Interior Tour
Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House is both a masterpiece of the Prairie style and an icon of modern architecture. Trained interpreters offer insights into the amazingly contemporary spaces Wright designed over a hundred years ago, and the current restoration that is returning the building to its original splendor.
Robie House Twilight Tour and Reception
An architectural masterpiece is the venue and you are on the guest list. Gather with friends as the Robie House comes to life at twilight. Wander the celebrated spaces of Wright's renowned masterpiece of modernism while enjoying sparkling wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres, and a festive, casual atmosphere.
Academic Days at Robie House
The Robie House may be reserved by professors and educators for a class lecture, tour, sketching session, or other educational activity. Must be prearranged through Group Tours. Available Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.
Tour of The Rookery
Guided Tour - Rookery Light Court
Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s 1888 Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most dramatic interior compositions – a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court. In 1905, Wright was commissioned to remodel the Rookery light court and lobbies. He realized a stunning balance between Burnham & Root’s ornamental ironwork and his own vision to create a spectacular environment. Tours available Monday – Friday. The Burnham Library is not available for group tours.
Tour of Emil Bach House
Guided Interior Tour
This richly conceived yet intimately scaled residence was built in 1915 for Emil Bach, president of Chicago’s Bach Brick Co. A modification of Wright’s design for “A Fireproof House for $5000,” published in Ladies Home Journal in 1907, the Bach House was executed between Wright’s return from Europe in 1911 and his departure to Japan in 1916 to oversee construction of the Imperial Hotel. In contrast to the expansive, open Prairie houses Wright designed prior to his European sojourn, the Bach House is strongly centered and self-contained. While adopting the vocabulary of Wright’s Prairie house, the Bach House looks toward future stylistic directions in Wright’s work, in its contained geometry, efficient scale, and distinctive window designs. Subject to availability.
Annual Wright Plus Housewalk
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s internationally renowned annual architectural housewalk Wright Plus will be on Saturday, May 21, 2016, featuring rare interior tours of private homes and public buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries. A truly unique experience for your group.
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