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The Rookery Building Guided Tour
The Rookery Building Guided Tour Tickets

The Rookery Building Guided Tour Tickets

Chicago, IL

About The Rookery Building Guided Tour

The Rookery Building, opened in 1888, was once considered one of the grandest buildings in the world. This early skyscraper features a wrought and cast-iron frame and ornate Art Deco details. Step back in history and get tickets for a guided tour of The Rookery Building.

A walk along the Chicago River reveals how vast the architectural styles of the city vary. And none display more fortitude than that of The Rookery Building, considered one of the very first commercial skyscrapers. The Rookery Building was a way for Chicago to return to the map after losing most of its buildings in the Great Chicago Fire.

City architects Daniel Burnham and John Root designed the Rookery Building, which features an interior created by Frank Lloyd Wright. Clad in ornamental ironwork, dreamy skylights, and Wrightian fixtures, The Rookery Building remains one of the most fascinating pieces of Chicago architectural history. It was even here that the city architects met to plan their contributions for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition.

Experience the Chicago architectural wonder and get The Rookery Building tour tickets.

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Of the magnificent building, historian Robert Bruegmann wrote, “Complete at last, Chicago's restored Rookery Building sets the standard against which all future commercial renovations must be judged.”

Although it’s received some cosmetic adjustments through the years, like an Art Deco treatment in 1931, The Rookery has remained relatively untouched. Its original design elements from Burnham and Root, as well as the Wrightian interiors, remain as they were over a century ago.

Architect William Drummond gave The Rookery its additional Art Deco flair in the 1930s. Though Wright’s overall aesthetic design still remains well intact, as Drummond was an employee of Wright and knew what kind of look he would have wanted to be incorporated.

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  • Frank Lloyd Wright was brought in to create a peaceful interior design in his unique style. When an Art Deco treatment was added in the 1930s, a former employee of his, William Drummond, was brought in to do it.
  • Since multiple architects worked on the interior of the building over time, there are two sets of railing designs. The original design can be found near the spiral stairs, whereas the Frank Lloyd Wright design, a simpler one, is found elsewhere.
  • There are pathways around the building made from glass block flooring. This adds to the light, airy feel of the building, which is constantly flooded with light from the skylights.

Start date

May 16th, 2023

End date

August 31st, 2023


The Rookery Building




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