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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

951 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park  Illinois  60302
United States
(312) 994-4000
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Midwest Living Review

Kit Bernardi
Tours of Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio educate visitors about how the architect's Prairie School design aesthetic evolved.

Oak Park rightfully claims fame as the birthplace of the world-renowned Prairie Style school of architecture because Chicago's first suburb (12 miles from the Loop) boasts the largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in the world.

One-hour guided tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio cost $15 and describe how Wright's Prairie Style design aesthetic evolved. The 1889 home showcases Wright’s signature architectural touches, like nook fireplaces, built-in cabinets, open spaces, Roman bricks and geometric art glass windows. The most impressive rooms are the draftsmen studio with its chain-supported cathedral domed ceiling, the vaulted children's playroom, and the dining room graced with the original Wright-designed table and chairs.

It’s worth the extra hour to stroll the surrounding blocks of the Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School of Architecture National Historic District. The 20-home audio tour covers 11 Wright-designed homes built between 1892 and 1908 and his Unity Temple. Palatial classic residences designed by Wright's contemporaries are also represented. For a comprehensive but manageable immersion into Wright's world, purchase the $25 combo ticket that includes both the home-studio guided tour and the self-guided historic district audio tour. Don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Additionally, the Wright Plus house walk fund-raiser each spring allows visitors rare peeks inside landmark private homes.

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