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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
+1 312-553-6150
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to attend a wedding here and it really is an impressive building with very interesting history. Well worth a look if your near by and enjoy architecture/ history.

Thank ausswedams
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd been wanting to tour this space ever since I read Devil in the White City, a riveting book by Erik Larson about the Chicago World's Fair and the calculating serial killer who worked its edges. If you do much touring around Chicago, you'll see...More

Thank bradshawgirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and there are some interesting details that you can see without going on the tour. I did not have time for the tour and had a very nice chat with the lady in the gift shop. She was...More

Thank rkatao
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful, historic building with gorgeous architecture inside. The atrium has a grand staircase and a beautifully lit ceiling. There's also a lovely staircase starting on the second floor with a chance to see some handsomely designed spirals. It's a working building with...More

Thank AvaE27
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust does a fantastic job of educating armchair architects like myself of the importance of The Rookery to the history of the skyscraper. She's the oldest surviving skyscraper defined by her exterior load-bearing walls and interior steel structure. Our docent-led tour...More

2  Thank Jon from Dallas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing window glass, pop in for a photo. It is amazing, what professional see through roof structure this building has.

Thank Melinda V
Reviewed 6 June 2017

we did this as art of the architecture tour but anyone can access this part of the building. definately go inside to see the stair case and Frank Loyd wright additions

Thank Bad4Bears
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Here for a wedding....It was perfect size for a wedding of 106 people. The staff did a nice job of draping off the store fronts. Setting up the chairs for the wedding and then the tables for the dinner. The cocktails upstairs were OK -...More

Thank penn99
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Since we were here to celebrate the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright with the Oak Park Wright Plus Tour, we had to see Wright's downtown office building, The Rookery. The space and light inspired, although some of the filigree seemed a little too decorative...More

1  Thank mclstewart
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Lovely building I worked in there also it was in the movie the Untouchables. Al Capone was played by Robert Deniro.

Thank Carole C
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