Highlights – City of Skyscrapers and the Rookery, Robie House

Morning Tour

The Great Fire of 1871 destroyed the entire Chicago CBD, leaving the way open for architects to design a new and modern city. The first steel-framed high rise building rose in 1885 and we’ll spend time viewing some of the tall buildings on a historical walk, spending time in lobbies of these landmarks, to compare and contrast each architectural style of the evolving skyscraper, inside and out.

One of the highlight’s will be a private tour of Daniel Burnham and John Root’s 1888 Rookery Building which is a Chicago landmark, containing one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most dramatic interior compositions – a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court. In 1905, Wright was commissioned to remodel the Rookery light court and lobbies. He realised a stunning balance between Burnham & Root’s ornamental ironwork and his own vision to create a spectacular environment.

Lunch at leisure.

Millennium Park

After the tour there is free time to explore the 25 acre Millennium Park, formerly rail yards and now one of the world’s most renowned urban open spaces containing some of the greatest public art pieces in the world. Construction of Millennium Park began in 1998 and opened on July 16, 2004. The original plan called for a 16-acre park and a Beaux Arts-inspired outdoor music venue. Over time, things changed. Through public support, private sector involvement and with world-famous architect Frank Gehry committed to the effort, Millennium Park became a much more ambitious and worthwhile undertaking.

Robie House – Private Champagne Reception

Our late afternoon trip to Robie House takes us through ‘White City’ – the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Fair of which Daniel Burnham was Director of Works.

We’ll visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House which is both a masterpiece of the Prairie style and an icon of modern architecture. Our guide will provide insights into the amazing contemporary spaces designed by Wright over a hundred years ago and afterwards we’ll be treated to a private champagne reception.

Overnight Chicago (B, Champagne reception)

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Top image: Rookery Lobby, Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Bottom image: Robie House, Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: Tim Long