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.
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.
More houses will be announced, but you can 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!