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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
+1 312-994-4000
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Built after the Chicago Fire of 1871, dating from around 1880, the interior is an excellent example of architecture and unparalled craftsmanship

Thank Ray S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Totally worth doing the tour through the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation. The guide is very knowledgeable, as you’d expect, and also personable and fun. The building itself is beautiful and hearing about the various features and decisions that were made over the years as the...More

Thank Julie L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is a fine example of the architectural treasures that Chicago is blessed with, a neo-Romanesque delight that has benefited of work by Frank Lloyd Wright. The inner courtyard is delightful; it is the site of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, which has a...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

If you are at all interested in the architecture of Chicago, the Rookery is an essential visit. Considered the finest office building when it was completed in 1886, the building designed by architectural heavyweights Burnham and Root features a glass ceiling light court. Since no...More

Thank Muriel M
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Worth a stop while in town. The tour was about 45 minutes and the guides were excellent. Main stops were of the basement vault, main hall architecture, and library. Frank Lloyd Wright updates are impressive.

Thank Caliguy781
Reviewed 10 October 2017 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 3 October 2017

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 1 October 2017

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 25 September 2017 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 21 September 2017

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

Thank TJFLG42
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flavor. This central business district boasts
Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier
shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
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