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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 3 days ago

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

Thank Rumples
Reviewed 3 days ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The outside of the building is very pretty, but I had no idea of what treasure it held inside. Visited on a walking tour. Interior detail was impressive and awe inspiring. A lovely steel suspended staircase, glass ceiling, and Frank Lloyd Wright touches. There were...More

1  Thank o2bcre8ive
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We were lucky enough to attend a wedding here and it really is an impressive building with very interesting history. Well worth a look if your near by and enjoy architecture/ history.

Thank ausswedams
Reviewed 9 July 2017

I'd been wanting to tour this space ever since I read Devil in the White City, a riveting book by Erik Larson about the Chicago World's Fair and the calculating serial killer who worked its edges. If you do much touring around Chicago, you'll see...More

Thank bradshawgirl
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and there are some interesting details that you can see without going on the tour. I did not have time for the tour and had a very nice chat with the lady in the gift shop. She was...More

Thank rkatao
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful, historic building with gorgeous architecture inside. The atrium has a grand staircase and a beautifully lit ceiling. There's also a lovely staircase starting on the second floor with a chance to see some handsomely designed spirals. It's a working building with...More

Thank AvaE27
Reviewed 21 June 2017

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust does a fantastic job of educating armchair architects like myself of the importance of The Rookery to the history of the skyscraper. She's the oldest surviving skyscraper defined by her exterior load-bearing walls and interior steel structure. Our docent-led tour...More

3  Thank Jon from Dallas
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Amazing window glass, pop in for a photo. It is amazing, what professional see through roof structure this building has.

Thank Melinda V
Reviewed 7 June 2017

we did this as art of the architecture tour but anyone can access this part of the building. definately go inside to see the stair case and Frank Loyd wright additions

Thank Bad4Bears
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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
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