Your all-access ticket to an exclusive, truly memorable weekend, jam-packed with extraordinary Wright-centered activities. The 3-night package includes:
- Invitation-only Wright Night at Chicago’s renowned Rookery Building
- Private Passage: Wright's Chicago and Beyond – an exclusive-access day tour
- Fast Pass (priority entry) to the all-day Wright Plus Housewalk
- Private luncheon at Oak Park’s historic Nineteenth Century Club
- Exclusively Wright Dinners
- Deluxe hotel accommodations at the historic Carleton of Oak Park
- Transportation to and from all events
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Thursday, May 14, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Start your Wright Plus experience with an elegant reception in the brilliantly articulated central light court of The Rookery in downtown Chicago's historic financial district, designed by Wright in 1905. Enjoy a private tour of the library where Daniel Burnham and colleagues hatched plans for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, and the rarely seen vault containing architectural artifacts from the building. Mingle with fellow Ultimate Plus guests, Wright enthusiasts and VIP guests at this invitation-only reception and silent auction.
Private Passage: Wright's Chicago and Beyond
Friday, May 15, 8 am to 6 pm
The Friday excursion, Private Passage: Wright’s Chicago and Beyond, starts off with an in-depth tour of Wright’s magnificently restored Frederick C. Robie House (1908-10) in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The tour is followed by lunch at the University of Chicago’s private Quadrangle Club, established in 1893 and housed in a historic facility designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw. After lunch, the excursion will continue with a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the privately-owned Avery Coonley Residence, one of Wright's finest early structures. Explore the spectacular interiors and wander through the estate’s sunken garden and elegant lily pool designed by Jens Jensen.
Includes breakfast, lunch and transportation. Ultimate Plus Exclusive.
Wright Plus Housewalk and Luncheon
Saturday, May 16, 9 am to 5 pm
With your Fast Pass receive priority entry to each tour home with the next available group, avoiding long tour lines and waits. Enjoy a private luncheon at the historic Nineteenth Century Club.
Exclusively Wright Dinners℠
Saturday, May 16, 6:30 to 10:30 pm
Join current owners in their Frank Lloyd Wright home and enjoy an exquisite dining experience prepared by an acclaimed chef. The evening will include a private tour and cocktails, in addition to a gourmet dinner. Experience moments of glamour as you encounter a living space as a work of art.
Read more about the featured dinner venues and chefs
William H. Winslow House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1894) River Forest, IL
After leaving Adler & Sullivan, the Winslow House launched Wright’s independent career. The façade’s simplicity, with its horizontal bands and hipped roof with deep overhangs, foretells Wright’s mature Prairie style. The home’s interior evokes the Arts and Crafts movement in its art glass and woodwork, starting with the central reception hall, complete with arcade and inglenook. Six original windows that had been removed at one time have been re-installed in the living room bay. A fireplace set on a low platform occupies the center of the house, underlining the theme of hearth and home. A library and living room are located on either side of the entrance with a large dining room in the back.
Peter A. Beachy House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1906), Oak Park, IL
This stately home is on one of the largest residential privately-owned lots in Oak Park. It is an exquisite, authentically restored Wright Prairie home with massive fireplaces and built-in cherry wood cabinetry. The house features gabled roofs and is finished in red brick on its first story and stucco with dark wood trim on its upper level. Few homes offer such a warm, inviting and gracious atmosphere. Enjoy a memorable evening with delectable cuisine, soft-glowing chevron-shaped lights and a harmonious blend of indoor and outdoor architectural designs.
Arthur B. Heurtley House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1902), Oak Park, IL
Widely acknowledged as a masterpiece – also a National Historic Landmark -- the Arthur B. Heurtley House was designed for Wright’s neighbor. At the heart of the home, a substantial arched fireplace occupies a central position in the living room, echoing the prominent arch on the exterior of the building. Leaded glass windows flood the main living spaces with light. An open-air elevated porch, accessed via French doors in the living room, blurs the division between interior and exterior space. The Heurtley House represents Wright’s classic Prairie style in full bloom, an unforgettable setting for a dining experience.
Chef Gale Gand
James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, Food Network television host and Frank Lloyd Wright fan Gale Gand will prepare the exquisite dinner. Truly a star chef, Gale has been inducted to the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame, authored eight cook books and teaches cooking classes all over the country. She is co-owner of the Chicago restaurants Spritz Burger and the Michelin-starred, Tru.
Chef Melissa Elsmo
A trained chef and ardent foodie, Melissa Elsmo’s passion for a good meal peppers her life. As part of Chicago’s underground supper club scene, she creates intimate 12-course dining experiences featuring her own recipes and artful approach to plating. Guests wait months for a seat around her table, but savvy food lovers can often locate her at pop-up events around the city. She is a regular food columnist for The Chicago Tribune.
Chef Dave Esau
Award-winning chef Dave Esau honed his culinary skills in the kitchens at Chicago’s Ritz Carlton, Le Titi de Paris, Charlie Trotter's, and Kohler Wisconsin’s The American Club. The French flair in his cuisine originated during his studies with Michelin chef Michel Chabron in Lyon, France. He owns Dave Specialty Foods in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, hosting cooking classes and catering special events.
Gourmet Breakfast and Airport Transfer
Sunday, May 17
Enjoy a gourmet breakfast at the hotel. Your transportation to O’Hare Airport is arranged by us.
Reserve your space now for Chicago's Ultimate Wright experience.
Please note that most venues on Ultimate Plus are private residences that are not physically accessible. Program subject to change due to unavoidable circumstances. Ultimate Plus tickets are non-refundable.
Proceeds support the education, restoration and preservation programs of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.
Questions about Ultimate Plus? Contact Lise Braithwaite.