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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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 20 September 2017

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

1  Thank russcox
Reviewed 16 September 2017

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 15 September 2017

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

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flavor. This central business district boasts
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shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
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