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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This building was fascinating. You need to read the information they have on the walls to really appreciate the history of it

Thank soozeq1_13
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The rookery building is an early experiment in the development of the skyscraper utilizing a variety of structural and building systems. designed by the great architect John Root The building is a delight to view The exterior which is void of classical ornamentation sits with...More

Thank jeff m
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go on in and take a look. The building is amazing and if you like architecture, you'll appreciate that this Burnham and Root designed building, finished in 1888, retains many of the original details. Taking a photo of the staircase will be well worth stopping...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

前往市中心金融區的標誌性建築 The Rookery, 雖然二樓以上不對外開放,光是站在一樓挑高,自然採光的大廳,欣賞 Frank Llyod Wright 室內裝修的品味和細節,就覺得不虛此行.

Thank 寫給雨季的歌
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just couldn't get over the architecture in Chicago. I suggest if you think you might be interested, walking in and out of any of the treasures you see, looking up and around, and taking in the wonderful details. This is not a must see,...More

Thank Marty D
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

We enjoyed the Rookery Lobby/Burnham Library tour through the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust (shop located in lobby). We enjoyed the observations of our guide, Felix.

Thank DrDaveMaui
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We were able to visit this lobby as part of the Chicago Architectural Foundation Walking tour of Skyscrapers. Not sure I would take a separate tour just for this building. But the history of the 3 architects' work was great and the lobby was breathtaking....More

Thank Kathy L
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

We had very little time in Chicago and wanted to see something by Architect Frank LLoyd Wright! The Rookery Light Court is one of the earliest commercial skyscrapers and its court was redesigned by him almost 17 years after it was built.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

The Chicago Architecture Foundation bus tour stops here first. What a way to begin a look at Chicago architecture! We were there on a Saturday morning so it was very quiet and we were limited to standing in the foyer and looking up and around...More

Thank GramC8410
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Amazing architecture. Nice example of Frank Lloyd Wright's genius. Takes just a few minutes to check it out but I believe a tour is also available to get the full back story.

Thank Paul L
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Nichole2Florence
2 March 2018|
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Response from sleepster | Reviewed this property |
My answer is pretty much the same. It's probably a question of getting lucky with the security people.
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bsalituro
20 December 2017|
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Response from Julie L | Reviewed this property |
It’s not a skyscraper. The tour is $15.
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