Out and About Wright:
Chicago Points West
Oak Brook, Illinois
April 28-30, 2017

The Chicago area is home to the largest concentration of Wright-designed buildings in the world, but few travel far enough afield to see the full range of Wright’s work in northern Illinois, which includes some of the earliest works of Wright’s careers and some of the latest, Prairie-style houses and Usonians, a farmhouse and Wright’s only house designed for a person in a wheelchair. The Conservancy’s annual Out and About Wright tour travels to many of these houses.

Saturday, April 29
Depart from the DoubleTree Hotel in Oak Brook at 9 a.m. to tour the Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent House (1949) in Rockford (1.5 hour drive), Pettit Chapel (1906) in Belvidere, the Louis Fredrick House (1954) in Barrington Hills and Muirhead Farmhouse (1950) in Hampshire, all designed by Wright, as well as the Bruce Goff-designed Ruth and Sam Ford House (1949) in Aurora. Cap off an exciting day of touring with a reception at the Wright-designed Mrs. A.W. Gridley House (1906) in Batavia, before returning to the hotel around 7 p.m. Lunch is provided and dinner is on your own.

Add-on Events

Sunday, April 30
Depart from the DoubleTree at 9 a.m. to tour the Frank Henderson House (1901) in Elmhurst, one of Wright’s spectacular early Prairie-style houses with more than 80 art glass windows, the large Usonian Charles Glore House (1951) in Lake Forest and the three-story Sherman Booth House (1915) in Glencoe. An afternoon airport drop-off at O’Hare International Airport will be made by 3 p.m. before returning to the hotel.

Friday, April 28 (private event for Leadership, Clerestory and Visionary Circle and Board members)
Depart from the DoubleTree at 5:45 p.m. for a special dinner event at the William Emery House in Elmhurst. Completed in 1903, the 5,800-square-foot Prairie School house was Walter Burley Griffin’s first independent commission, carried out while he was employed in Wright’s Oak Park studio.

Register online now to ensure your participation for this highly anticipated weekend. Click here to download the paper registration form with more information. The final updated (2/9) registration form can be found here.

All tours will begin and end at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Oak Brook hotel, 1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook, Illinois. After you register to attend the event, you may book your hotel room at the special rate of $109/night. Parking is free and breakfast vouchers may be purchased at check-in at the reduced rate of $12 (including tax and gratuity). Book online using the group code FLW or call 866.812.3959. The deadline to receive the group rate is April 13.

We hope to see you in April!

Dinner at Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob
June 10, 2017

Fallingwater (1935) and Kentuck Knob (1954) sit seven miles apart in the idyllic woods of Western Pennsylvania. A small group will have the chance to experience these beautiful and daring architectural wonders as very few have during a special all-day event benefitting the Conservancy on Saturday, June 10, including private tours of both sites and dinner at the Kaufmanns' original dining table at Fallingwater. This event is currently at capacity. Download more information here and email us if you would like to be added to the wait list in case of a cancellation.
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