Shop Wright opens in the Rookery: free Champaign and tours
The architecturally significant Rookery building wasn't originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (that honor goes to Burnham and Root), but in 1907 the architect handled the building's massive rehab—giving it a geometric-meets-Victorian feel that still exists today.
More than 100 years later, Wright takes center stage once again as the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust opens a gift shop and tour outpost in the building. Starting tomorrow, you can tour the Rookery for $5–$10. (Well worth the money, the mini history lesson is surprisingly dramatic; think local corruption and White City). You can also book a tour to be held at the organization's Oak Park and Hyde Park locations. In a few months, look for one big bus tour of all three spots.
Tonight, pop by for free Champaign and tours (lovely combination, methinks). For the occasion, the Rookery management will open "the vault." Formerly a safe-deposit box room, the space currently stores odds and ends from three different architecturally significant rehabs. The vault won't be open on most tours, so if you have the time and even the slightest inclination, this one is a don't miss. The Rookery, 209 S LaSalle Street; Thu 21, 5–7pm; 10% store discount for shoppers, 20% store discount shopping for members.