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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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Must stop on your walking tour. It is an absolutely gorgeous building! It's a short walking distance from the Willis Tower and the Federal Reserve Bank. The exterior is made of red marble, terra cotta and brick with beautiful carvings. The lobby is spectacular with...More

Thank Betty C
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Love to go in the lobby and just sit and absorb the sutle, but stunning eye candy all around you. Everytime I go in, I see something new that was always there..... it continues to amaze me..

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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

I went for the photographic opportunity. The staircase is the highlight. We spent a whopping 3 minutes photographing and talking about the stair case. So each person maybe received 20-30 seconds. Only went to the base of the stairs and turned around. Then we went...More

1  Thank Joel C
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Famous Chicago Architect Daniel Burnham had his office there - now a library. The lobby renovated by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Thank Andrew W
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Chicago is well known for its fabulous architecture and this place is a must see. Take the 45 min tour- you will be glad you did. It is reasonably priced and the tour guide was so knowledgeable about the building and its place in Chicago...More

Thank STrezise
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Please, please, please, spend even five minutes in the lobby here to see one of Chicago's architectural marvels, and don't forget to peer around the columns--one was left alone during renovation in order to show Daniel Burnham's 1888 original against the 1905 FLW remodel. And,...More

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Definitely stop by to look at the Frank Lloyd Wright interior and spend some time reading the building's history.

Thank Marla7
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Nichole2Florence
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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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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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