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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 4 days ago

The Rookery is a very interesting old Chicago building. The guided tour is most useful. This is a must see.

Thank TJFLG42
Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank russcox
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

Thank tripfoodie18
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the architecture in this building. a must see for anyone interested in buildings. In the business district with lots of other interesting buildings in the area.

Thank Deborah D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some well-heeled benefactor has restored this lovely old building, and it is gorgeous. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation/Trust offices in this building, so if you're taking a tour you'd begin here. Don't miss it. Easy to stop by to gaze at the lobby, and worth...More

Thank Sandra A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building on South LaSalle Street between Adams and Jackson is worth the look. It's got a fabulous interior.

Thank Sandra D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are into history, whether it be architectural, cultural, art, etc. you shouldn't miss this building. It epitomizes the grand turn of the century style celebrated by Daniel Burnham, who was an artistic, architectural and visionary genius for his time. Mr. Burnham outdid himself...More

1  Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 17 August 2017

This is one of my favorite highrises in Chicago because of its interior surprise. Built in 1888, the 12-story building with business offices and commercial space appears rather sedate, cloaked in granite, terra cotta and brick. Though attractive, its Roman Revival and Queen Anne styles...More

1  Thank Rumples
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The building interior is super pretty. However, the tour is not offered every day, so make sure you reserve a tour if you want to get up to the staircase!

Thank 128janez
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
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