Do Summer ‘Wright’ in Oak Park

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Spend a day exploring where American architecture began.

Time Out Chicago says: “A visit to the Chicagoland area wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District in Oak Park, home to the world’s largest collection of Wright-designed buildings, including the architect’s own home and studio.”

Wright created his signature Prairie style of architecture in his Oak Park Home and Studio. His first home was a design laboratory where Wright experimented with his ideas. In his adjacent studio, Wright and associates developed a new American architecture.

A short walk from the Home and Studio stands the magnificent Unity Temple, the only remaining public building of Wright’s Prairie period. The Chicago Tribune describes the building’s sanctuary as “one of the most beautiful rooms in America.” The building positively gleams after a recent comprehensive interior restoration.

For an in-depth look at the architect and his buildings, take the Wright Around Oak Park walking tour with an expert guide. Cover more ground on the Pedal Oak Park guided bicycle tour, which stops outside 21 Wright-structures in Oak Park.

Guided interior tours of the Home and Studio, Wright Around Oak Park, and self-guided audio tours of the Historic Neighborhood are offered daily. Unity Temple is open Monday through Saturday for guided and self-guided tours. Pedal Oak Park is available 9:30 a.m., Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through September.

Oak Park is easily accessible by public transportation from downtown Chicago. CTA and Metra train lines stop in Oak Park less than 1 mile from the Home and Studio and Unity Temple.

Visit flwright.org for more information.

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