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Review of The Rookery

The Rookery
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US$18.00*
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Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers
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US$650.00*
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Private Guided SUV Tour for up to 4 Guests
Ranked #59 of 680 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 27 April 2014

I was trying to find something related to Frank Lloyd Wright and stumbled upon this tour that is only at noon and conducted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. It was a great deal at only $5.00 and be sure to check out the gift shop for Frank Lloyd Wright stuff. Did not had the time to check out his studio or the Robie House so it was nice to see his influence in this building which has a great history to it. If you can't get on a tour, you are limited to the lobby. You can book this tour on line or see if they room on the tour.

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Reviewed 21 April 2014

If you're into architecture, and you're in Chicago, please make a stop to see this building and it's interior. I believe tours are Mon-Fri 12:00 PM. We didn't know this or we would have made sure to go then. If you're not on a tour you only get to see the lobby, which is definitely worth a stop by. If you go on the tour you get to see the upstairs and the library.

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Reviewed 6 April 2014

Grand exterior and gorgeous deep red stone. Step inside and it is bright white and gold. Really interesting details and worth a quick visit. Need no more than 10 minutes to admire as you can only walk around the first floor (at least the day I went).

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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.

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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.

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