If you’ve been to Chicago, you know that Frank Lloyd Wright, master architect, spent the first 20 years of his career working on some of his most notable buildings while living in nearby suburban Oak Park, Illinois. His work remains a powerful expression of a new American mode of architectural expression and visitors come to Chicago from all over the world to experience his vision firsthand.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is the steward of his work and this year they are celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth. As such, they have crafted a wide range of programs designed to give the generally curious different looks at his notable creations through walks, talks, exhibits (including one opening at the Art Institute of Chicago this month) and truly unique experiences. Here are just two:
"AFTER HOURS" AT ROBIE HOUSE
At the "After Hours” event, guests will be treated to live music, light hors d’oeuvres and a festive, casual atmosphere. It’s an amazing opportunity to wander around the house and make new friends.
Robie House | 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue | 312-994-4000
Fridays in April, 5–8 p.m. | $30 for Trust members and $35 for nonmembers
*Note: This month's programs are now sold out; to be added to the waiting list or to find out about future programs please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"PRAIRIE PASSPORT" PROGRAM
Architectural fans will also be excited to learn about the “Prairie Passport” program that the Trust is offering this year to celebrate Wright’s masterful creations. Visitors who take a tour of three of his signature Prairie-Style buildings during 2017 will receive a complimentary tour of the Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park. It’s a good excuse to wander around Illinois and beyond, as the homes are located in Kankakee, Springfield, Grand Rapids and Buffalo.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a "Frank Lloyd Wright by Bus" tour that brings guests to Oak Park to view Wright's home and studio and walk around the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District ($55/$47 for CAF members). You can also check out our guide to Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpieces in and around the Chicago area to plan your own tour!