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The Rookery

209 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60604-1219
+1 312-994-4000
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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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209 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60604-1219
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed yesterday

It's beautiful inside, but I don't think you'd get much out of it if you just stopped in. We saw it as part of the Wright Around Chicago tour, and that made it worthwhile.

Thank Rooindie
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved visiting this building. Learning the history and the changes that have been made are very interesting and amazing.

Thank Karen S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great Chicago landmark that is well worth popping into and checking out this great building. It's located in a great area in the Loop you will see other wonderful buildings and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the City....

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wright matched his style well with Root, the architect. Guided tour was informative. Pictures are great, but it’s not as good as actually standing in this space (which doesn’t cost anything if you don’t want a tour). We even learned about neighboring buildings and lobbies,...More

Thank Pete V
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a chance to pop in and check out the lobby as part of our mini-bus tour. It was well worth it. Very neat place if you are at all interested in arcitecture and/or Frank Loyyd Wright. It is worth a look if you...More

Thank Derek S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The design of this lobby and stairs is one for the ages. It’s only a few minutes and there’s no charge so if you can find it you might enjoy a look.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took a tour of the Rookery and was really impressed with the building. I had read the Devil in the White City, which talked about Burnham and Root, the architects that headed up the Worlds Expo in Chicago. Their office was on the top...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building was fascinating. You need to read the information they have on the walls to really appreciate the history of it

1  Thank soozeq1_13
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

The rookery building is an early experiment in the development of the skyscraper utilizing a variety of structural and building systems. designed by the great architect John Root The building is a delight to view The exterior which is void of classical ornamentation sits with...More

Thank jeff m
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

Go on in and take a look. The building is amazing and if you like architecture, you'll appreciate that this Burnham and Root designed building, finished in 1888, retains many of the original details. Taking a photo of the staircase will be well worth stopping...More

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Nichole2Florence
1 March 2018|
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Response from sleepster | Reviewed this property |
My answer is pretty much the same. It's probably a question of getting lucky with the security people.
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19 December 2017|
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Response from Julie L | Reviewed this property |
It’s not a skyscraper. The tour is $15.
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