The magical mystery tour is coming to take you away – to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago, that is. Whether you’re a local, tourist or architecture enthusiast, Wright Around Chicago, a guided bus tour, is sure to teach you something new.
The tour takes attendees all across the Chicago area to Wright’s most famed works. Choosing his best can be tough given how Chicagoland has the most Wright-designed buildings in the world, but this excursion covers all the important points.
Starting at the Rookery Building in the Financial District, a skyscraper renovated by Wright in the early 1900s, the bus will head west to Oak Park, where the concentration of Wright-designed homes is the largest. Here, attendees will tour Wright’s famed Home and Studio, where Wright “experimented with space and form.”
After this, head back on the bus for the next leg of the trip down to the University of Chicago, where you will find the legendary Robie House. Saved from the wrecking ball many times in its 105-year history, the home is now a national historic landmark and is known as a hallmark of the Prairie School, the first architecture style that is uniquely American.
Lunch will be served, on the house’s normally closed terrace weather permitting.
The adventure goes from the South Side to the far North Side as the last leg of the trip features the Emil Bach House, an example of Wright’s late Prairie Style. This landmark looks ahead to Wright’s future stylistic direction. The tour ends after the ride back down to the Rookery Building.
Tickets for the Wright Around Chicago guided bus tour start at $125 for Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members and $150 for the general public. Tours take place every Wednesday until October 14 starting at 9:15 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Rookery Building is located at 209 S. LaSalle St. For more information, visit cal.flwright.org/tours/WACbustour.