The Rookery Building

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The Rookery Building
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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The Rookery tours are not available at this time. (Updated 6/2/20) Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s 1888 Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most dramatic interior compositions – a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court. In 1905, Wright was commissioned to remodel the Rookery light court and lobbies. He realized a stunning balance between Burnham & Root’s ornamental ironwork and his own vision to create a spectacular environment. Morning and afternoon guided tours are offered by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Monday through Friday. Learn about the building’s fascinating history and the unique contribution of one of America’s greatest architects.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and 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 photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Quincy • 3 min walk
  • Jackson • 3 min walk
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia13,720 contributions
Apr 2022
The Rookery building is considered to be the first skyscraper on which new materials and engineering were implemented, which pathed the way of building high rises we see today. Therefore, it was high on our list to visit.
However, our visit turned out to be a big disappointment. Pretty much, my impressions are the same as the fellow traveler below.
After an unwelcoming greeting of the front staff you're allowed to visit only the ground floor (the famous staircase cannot be seen from there). We tried to book a tour, but the office was closed with no info. There were other tourists as well, who left the bldg the same way we did - disappointed. It appeared to be a 5 min visit.
Written 22 May 2022
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SwellSpinster
Columbus, OH17 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
This is beautiful and interesting building gets a lot of write-ups on tourism sites, but keep in mind unless you work there, or take a tour, you aren't going to be able to see anything except the first floor. You can book these tours thru the FLW Foundation on the first floor, but they were closed when I went. (Maybe because of Covid?)
There are signs posted everywhere stating "no visitors allowed past lobby" and the security people weren't exactly friendly (apparently can't be bothered to say hello when someone says it to them). You are allowed to take photographs inside of the building, however.
I wasn't able to get to see the famous spiral staircase up close since it begins on the second floor of the Rookery. Don't miss checking out the elevator doors, which have bird figures engraved on them!
Written 7 January 2022
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apdemas
Sterling, VA694 contributions
Nov 2021
Really enjoyed the tour of the building, all the little details and stories were fantastic. The tour guide was knowledgeable and did a great job of providing just enough information to be interesting and engaging, but not so much that it was overwhelming. The gift shop was decent too.

We did a walk-up tour and there was plenty of space.
Written 5 December 2021
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kleic
San Antonio, TX896 contributions
Jun 2021
My cousin and I dipped into this wondrous place in Chicago's Financial District one afternoon recently and I really was just blown away even though all we got to see was the lobby and first floor. If you're interested in Chicago history or Frank Lloyd Wright, there are tours offered through the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust that will get you into the Light Court and Daniel Burnham's fabled Library (where he and other architects met to the plan the 1883 Columbia World Exposition -- read Devil in the White City if you're curious!) if you plan ahead. Next time I definitely will!
Written 25 June 2021
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Sandra C
3 contributions
May 2021
The design of the entrance by Frank Lloyd Wright is amazing. It's like going back in time to the art deco era.
Written 13 May 2021
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SavyTraveling
Chicago174 contributions
Mar 2020
The buildings along LaSalle Street {and Jackson Blvd.} warrant a viewing by any visitor to Chicago. Skip 'North Mich' and head into the Loop and along the River.
Written 5 March 2020
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teatour_karen
Los Angeles, CA135 contributions
Feb 2020
I knew I was going to like this space, as spaces by FLW are special (detail, human scale, complex volumes and massing), but nothing prepared me for the delightful beauty. I was wowed, as was my friend who knows less about architecture. It's a must-see for anyone who likes aesthetic things (who doesn't right? but some do more than others).
It has a FLW foundation shop inside, among others. Also, one block south of this building we found a great coffee shop called Mojo. Get a drink and take it with you to the Rookery. Delightful.
Written 20 February 2020
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shackann
Guildford, UK40 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Wow! Huge thank you to our terrific guide today (J). He made the building come alive. We left with many interesting facts & tales. Highly recommend!
Written 7 February 2020
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Keenomanjaro
Croydon, UK181 contributions
Aug 2019
We popped into this famous old building as we happened to be passing by, and found ourselves in a stunning lobby that was remodelled by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905. Known as the Light Court, it's a remarkable space full of intricate metal work and dominated by the sky-lit ceiling, designed to maximise natural light in the inner office spaces. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust have an office in the building where you can pick up additional information on the building and I believe they organise tours as well. A must for fans of historic buildings/architecture and well worth a quick look if you happen to be passing by.
Written 13 January 2020
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Rolshchikov-Dmitry
Moscow, Russia480 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
This building is considered the oldest standing high-rise in Chicago. Its lobby was redesigned by legendary Frank Lloyd Wright, and it’s magnificent. If you are in the area, find 5-10 minutes to take a look inside. I hope next time I’m in Chicago I’ll be able to attend a guided tour to learn and see more.
Written 5 January 2020
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