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Review of The Rookery

The Rookery
Ranked #46 of 683 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 8 April 2012

This lobby is fascinating....a work of art.......especially beautiful at Christmas.

Thank skacian
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

The grace and elegance of this building have no parallel in 20th century architecture. I have been coming here since I was a child and still marvel at how beautiful it is.

Thank maimonChicago
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Start here and walk north up Lasal and just wallk through the lobbies of the treasured buildings. But this is where you start,

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Reviewed 20 March 2012

Like the Cultural Center, this is an important building in terms of its design elements and history. We were there on a Saturday afternoon, and we did not seem to be able to do any looking around beyond the lobby area, but it was still very nice to be able to explore that part of it.

Thank pwallace67
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

Truly gives a glimpse into the past and how modern it was. One of those unique places where past meets present and it's all visible. Just go in the lobby (enter on Lasalle) and look around for a few minutes, it's quite impressive. Also stand on the sidewalk and look up- the architectural details are readily visible. If possible, take the Architecture Foundation tour- it's the best and gives you the most insight into the development of architecture in Chicago and the significance of those changes.

Thank JC_chgo
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