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The Rookery

209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60604
+1 312-553-6150
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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. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60604
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very beautiful architecture. I think Chicago must have the most beautiful collection of lobbies in the US. There was a sign not allowing visitors to go up to the area with the double staircase. This is a nice 5-10 minute stop. There was a person...More

Thank Timothy Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

Frank Lloyd Wright's remodel of this space was breathtaking. A "must see" when in Chicago. The iron work was beautiful and the guide was very knowledgeable. Loved the office of Burnham and Root! It was like stepping back in time.

Thank Tl M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are interested in Architecture this building is definitely worth a visit. Stunning foyer. I did a free walking tour "Free Tours by foot". The guide was very informative, the tour is 2 hours, walking at a slow pace.

Thank sallylH6673WW
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was another of the famous Chicago buildings that we managed to visit before our self-guided brewery tour. Renowned for its having some early work by FLW, it is certainly worth taking the time out to pop in when you're in the downtown area.

Thank GrumpsDC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Rookery is a very interesting old Chicago building. The guided tour is most useful. This is a must see.

Thank TJFLG42
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most people tend to overlook this building. It was constructed in the late 1800's. The architects were Burnham and Root. At 11 stories this was the tallest building in Chicago. Frank L. Wright remodeled the lower floors in the early 1900's. Highlights are the lower...More

Thank russcox
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wish we could have taken a tour, but glad we at least stopped in to see this incredible place. Don't miss seeing this amazing space

Thank lindasay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building has been restored and has a beautiful lobby and is a nice example of Frank LW's work, the FLW Foundation is in the lobby. I wish that you could go up to see the stair cases but the public is not allowed to...More

Thank tripfoodie18
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved the architecture in this building. a must see for anyone interested in buildings. In the business district with lots of other interesting buildings in the area.

Thank Deborah D
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Some well-heeled benefactor has restored this lovely old building, and it is gorgeous. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation/Trust offices in this building, so if you're taking a tour you'd begin here. Don't miss it. Easy to stop by to gaze at the lobby, and worth...More

Thank Sandra A
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