We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Classic building” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Rookery

The Rookery
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers
Ranked #60 of 631 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
146 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Classic building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

This building blends in in the other buildings from the outside. But once you get in you are overwhelmed by the mixture of styles used and the gold plating. On the sidewalls from the atrium you'll find some more about the history.

Thank Jlove1982
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Write a Review

213 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
146 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“This is a building that keeps me coming back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2014

I've been a member of the Chicago Architecture Foundation for years and this building is one of the hidden gems of their tours. From the outside, it looks like any of the classic buildings in Chicago, from the inside you really get pulled in and held in awe of the interior. I have found myself many time just coming inside to admire the marble, steel and the classic design of a style of architecture that has long gone by.

Take the stairs to the top and just admire the design.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Chiguy01
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
2 reviews
“Good for architect geeks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

Just let yourself in and be amazed by its architecture. Be sure to take the elevator to the top floor and look down at the staircase.

Thank Felix F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
2,740 reviews
1,446 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,455 helpful votes
“Fantastic building in the middle of the loop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

If you are visiting the loop, and especially if you like architecture, you should come here. From the outside it doesn't seem that special but the details inside are a unique look into the mind of FLW. Look at the ceiling and feel inspired.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank HelenaGuerra
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Northern California
Level Contributor
345 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Nice surprise while wandering in Chicago”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

We found The Rookery while wandering and now wish we'd been on an architectural tour to learn more about it. The lobby is beautiful and interesting, especially the juxtaposition of cast iron and marble. It was informative to read about the different architects who'd played a part in the construction (Burnham & Root) and renovation (F.L. Wright).

Visited September 2013
Thank Chelsea42
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Been to The Rookery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing