Sightseeing in Chicago


Chicago Helicopter Experience: Daytime Helicopter Tour for Two from Chicago Helicopter Experience

Daytime Helicopter Tour for Two from Chicago Helicopter Experience

Chicago Helicopter Experience

Bridgeport

Passengers soar over the skyline, marveling at the Willis Tower, John Hancock Building, and Trump Tower by day

$256

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Second City Tours: Ghost Tour for One, Two, or Four from Second City Tours (Up to 61% Off)

Ghost Tour for One, Two, or Four from Second City Tours (Up to 61% Off)

Second City Tours

John Hancock Center

90-minute tour explores the tragic side of Chicago history with stops to locales said to be marked by paranormal activity

$30 $14

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Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago: Walking Food Tour for One or Two from Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago (Up to 37% Off)

Walking Food Tour for One or Two from Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago (Up to 37% Off)

Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago

Multiple Locations

Enjoy a roving lunch of five different tastings while learning about the history and culture of either River North or Wicker Park

$55 $35

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Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours: Chicago Pizza Walking Tour for Two or Four from Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours (Up to 54% Off)

Chicago Pizza Walking Tour for Two or Four from Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours (Up to 54% Off)

Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours

Near North Side

2-hour, 1.2-mile walking tour hits several pizzerias like Pizzeria Uno and Giordano’s in River North to sample pizza and learn its history

$90 $44

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Chicago Crime Tours: Tour by Bus for Two or Four from Chicago Crime Tours (Up to 47% Off)

Tour by Bus for Two or Four from Chicago Crime Tours (Up to 47% Off)

Chicago Crime Tours

Near North Side

Learn about more than 100 years of Chicago’s crime history in a 90-minute tour of famous crime scenes and landmarks

$159.80 $85

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Yacht Party Chicago: Halloween-Weekend Booze Cruise from Yacht Party Chicago (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

Halloween-Weekend Booze Cruise from Yacht Party Chicago (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

Yacht Party Chicago

Multiple Locations

Celebrate Halloween on a yacht that cruises into Lake Michigan with drinking and dancing to a DJ, followed by an after-party

$55.50 $26

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Museum of Broadcast Communications: Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

Artifacts and digitized recordings detail the history of radio and television; interactive station lets visitors anchor their own newscasts

$24 $12

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Chicago History Museum: Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (50% Off)

Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (50% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Chicago

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at railroad workers during WWI

$14 $7

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Wicker Park: Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago: Wicker Park at Wicker Park

Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago: Wicker Park at Wicker Park

Wicker Park

Bucktown

$55 $40.50

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Spirit of Chicago: Spirit of Chicago Buffet Cruise at Spirit of Chicago

Spirit of Chicago Buffet Cruise at Spirit of Chicago

Spirit of Chicago

Near North Side

$101.86 $69.87

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Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.: 48-Hour or Daytime Passes to Guided Tours from Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. (Up to 29% Off)

48-Hour or Daytime Passes to Guided Tours from Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. (Up to 29% Off)

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.

Chicago

Guides narrate the sights of the Windy City as trolleys cruise to multiple stops downtown and in neighborhoods; “hop on hop off” access

$35 $25

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Hesston Steam Museum: 4-Train-Ride Tickets for Two, Four, or Six at Hesston Steam Museum (Up to 52% Off)

4-Train-Ride Tickets for Two, Four, or Six at Hesston Steam Museum (Up to 52% Off)

Hesston Steam Museum

Galena

Ride on miniature and full-size steam trains and explore interactive exhibits devoted to steam power

$34 $19

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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center: Visit for One or Two to Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (Up to 50% Off)

Visit for One or Two to Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (Up to 50% Off)

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Skokie

The museum honors Holocaust victims, telling their stories with artifacts and interactive exhibits that urge visitors to fight intolerance

$12 $8

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International Museum of Surgical Science: Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

More than 600 art pieces and 7,000 medical artifacts—including a working iron lung—trace the advancement of surgery throughout history

$30 $15

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Bachman Aero: $149 for a Helicopter Flying Lesson and Flight from Bachman Aero ($295 Value)

$149 for a Helicopter Flying Lesson and Flight from Bachman Aero ($295 Value)

Bachman Aero

Schaumburg

The 30-minute helicopter flying lesson puts students in control of the craft at 500 feet with instruction from a FAA Certified Pilot

$295 $149

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The Spirit of Peoria: Riverboat Sightseeing Cruise or Overnight Excursion aboard The Spirit of Peoria (Up to 38% Off)

Riverboat Sightseeing Cruise or Overnight Excursion aboard The Spirit of Peoria (Up to 38% Off)

The Spirit of Peoria

Peoria

Enjoy the nostalgia of cruising the Illinois River Valley or the Mississippi River aboard an authentic paddlewheel driven riverboat

$32 $20

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Wonder Works: Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Wonder Works (42% Off)

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Wonder Works (42% Off)

Wonder Works

Oak Park

Studio, stage, forest exhibit, building station, fantasy village, and storybook castle welcome hands-on exploring from children and toddlers

$36 $21

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Naper Settlement: $35 for Two Adult Tickets and Beer at Naper Settlement's Oktoberfest on October 2 or 3 ($54 Value)

$35 for Two Adult Tickets and Beer at Naper Settlement's Oktoberfest on October 2 or 3 ($54 Value)

Naper Settlement

Naperville

Celebrate German culture with beer, food, and live music at Naper Settlement

$54 $35

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The Gold Pyramid: $18 for a Tour for Two at The Gold Pyramid ($30 Value). 26 Dates and Times Available.

$18 for a Tour for Two at The Gold Pyramid ($30 Value). 26 Dates and Times Available.

The Gold Pyramid

Wadsworth

Built as a private home in 1977, the 17,000 sq. ft. pyramid features statues, a moat, a three-pyramid garage, and Egyptian-style furnishings

$30 $18

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Inside Chicago Walking Tours: One or Two Youth or Adult Architecture Walking Tour Tickets from Inside Chicago Walking Tours (Up to 36% Off)

One or Two Youth or Adult Architecture Walking Tour Tickets from Inside Chicago Walking Tours (Up to 36% Off)

Inside Chicago Walking Tours

Chicago

A former teacher and improv comedian offers a slice of Chicago’s architecture and history on engaging walking tours

$20 $13

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Joliet Historical Museum: Single-Day Admission for One, Two, or Four or Family Membership to Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 62% Off)

Single-Day Admission for One, Two, or Four or Family Membership to Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 62% Off)

Joliet Historical Museum

Joliet

History museum mines the past of the town of Joliet, its people, and how their stories relate to the whole of American history

$6 $3

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Haunted Hometowns: Two-Hour Walking Ghost Tour of Aurora or Naperville for Two or Four from Haunted Hometowns (Up to 51% Off)

Two-Hour Walking Ghost Tour of Aurora or Naperville for Two or Four from Haunted Hometowns (Up to 51% Off)

Haunted Hometowns

Multiple Locations

Ghost-seekers clutch EMF meters on lantern-lit tours through historic and haunted sites as guides relate tales of local specters

$40 $20

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Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve: Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve (Up to 48% Off)

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve (Up to 48% Off)

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Buchanan

20 themed gardens, a nature preserve, and a 45-acre arboretum burst with plant and animal life

$16 $9

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Bike and Roll Chicago: $69 for a Bike Tour and Tasting for Two at Lagunitas Brewing Co. from Bike and Roll ($138 Value)

$69 for a Bike Tour and Tasting for Two at Lagunitas Brewing Co. from Bike and Roll ($138 Value)

Bike and Roll Chicago

Millenium Park

Guests bike Chicago’s historic neighborhoods, tasting dishes from popular restaurants, ending with tour, tasting at Lagunitas Brewing Co.

$138 $69

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McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum: Bridge and Bridgehouse Tour for 1, 2, or 4 at McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Bridge and Bridgehouse Tour for 1, 2, or 4 at McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum (Up to 50% Off)

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

The Loop

Museum guide showcases historic landmark bridgehouse with views of bridge gears, structure, and five-story tower along this riverwalk tour

$8 $5

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Smart Destinations: Two-Day All-Inclusive Go City Card Including Free Admission to Dozens of Popular Attractions

Two-Day All-Inclusive Go City Card Including Free Admission to Dozens of Popular Attractions

Smart Destinations

 

Card grants free admission to museums, tours, and attractions; save up to 55% off combined gate prices if purchased separately

$52.99 $49.50

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Scoot for Good: 4- or 8-Hour Scooter Rental for One or Two from Scoot for Good (Up to 53% Off)

4- or 8-Hour Scooter Rental for One or Two from Scoot for Good (Up to 53% Off)

Scoot for Good

Meeting point

Sight-see around Chicago on easy-to-operate scooters that come with instruction overview

$79 $45

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Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo: Two or Four Admissions to Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo (Up to 43% Off)

Two or Four Admissions to Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo (Up to 43% Off)

Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo

Horse Cave

Zoo with a focus on Australian animals houses red kangaroos, dingoes, emus, and more; includes admission to cave with spectacular formations

$51.90 $32

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Evanston History Center: Tour  of Dawes House/Evanston History Center for 2, 4, or 5–10 People (Up to 45% Off)

Tour of Dawes House/Evanston History Center for 2, 4, or 5–10 People (Up to 45% Off)

Evanston History Center

Evanston

Visit the National Historic Landmark Dawes House, where more than a century of history about the city is preserved in a beautiful chateau

$20 $12

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Jo-Don Farms: The Zoo at Jo-Don Farms Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Jo-Don Farms (40% Off)

The Zoo at Jo-Don Farms Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Jo-Don Farms (40% Off)

Jo-Don Farms

Caledonia

Guests greet more than 300 critters, from camels to tigers, at zoo open for 40 years

$10 $6

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Disturbia Screams in the Park: $18.30 for Disturbia Screams in the Park Haunted House on October 4–November 1 ($28.15 Value). 11 Options Available.

$18.30 for Disturbia Screams in the Park Haunted House on October 4–November 1 ($28.15 Value). 11 Options Available.

Disturbia Screams in the Park

MB Financial Park at Rosemont

H.H. Holmes–themed haunted house features macabre scenes such as torture chambers, cannibalized victims, and the living dead

$28.15 $18.30

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Illinois River Winery: Tour with Six Tastings and a Glass of Wine or $17 for $30 Worth of Food and Wine at Illinois River Winery

Tour with Six Tastings and a Glass of Wine or $17 for $30 Worth of Food and Wine at Illinois River Winery

Illinois River Winery

North Utica

Sample more than 30 handcrafted wines from the tasting room or sip wines while touring the facility

$30 $17

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Elgin Area Historical Society: Museum Admission for Two or Four or One-Year Membership for a Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 44% Off)

Museum Admission for Two or Four or One-Year Membership for a Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 44% Off)

Elgin Area Historical Society

Eastside Elgin

Two floors of history exhibits reflecting Elgin’s rich past, including a collection of Elgin Watches and Elgin Road Race memorabilia

$6 $5

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Stray Boots: Interactive Walking Tours of Chicago from Stray Boots (50% Off). Four Options Available.

Interactive Walking Tours of Chicago from Stray Boots (50% Off). Four Options Available.

Stray Boots

 

Clues, trivia, and riddles lead explorers through vibrant neighborhoods via the Stray Boots iPhone or Android app

$24 $12

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Captain Al's Charter Boat Fleet: $500 for a Two-hour Chartered Party Cruise on Lake Michigan for Up to Six from Captain Al's Charter Boat Fleet ($976 Value)

$500 for a Two-hour Chartered Party Cruise on Lake Michigan for Up to Six from Captain Al's Charter Boat Fleet ($976 Value)

Captain Al's Charter Boat Fleet

Burnham Harbor

Party cruise on Lake Michigan where you can enjoy views of the magnificent skyline aboard a 32 foot powerboat

$976 $500

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APR Pullman Porter Museum: General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Far South Chicago

Museum celebrates the victories of the nation’s first African-American labor unions and the history of African-American railroad workers

$50 $25

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Atkinson-o'rourke Gallery: $48 for $100 Worth of Gallery Visits — Atkinson-O'Rourke Gallery

$48 for $100 Worth of Gallery Visits — Atkinson-O'Rourke Gallery

Atkinson-o'rourke Gallery

Elmhurst

From the merchant: Voted “Best New Gallery” in Chicagoland. Choose from our vast collection of 100% original paintings and sculptures.

$100 $48

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WanderBikes: $30 for $55 Worth of electric bike rental at WanderBikes

$30 for $55 Worth of electric bike rental at WanderBikes

WanderBikes

The Loop

From the merchant: The Best Lakefront experience in Chicago. Sightseeing along the Lakefront Bike Trail is now easier and more enjoyable.

$55 $30

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Chicago Running Tours & More: Running Tours of Downtown Chicago from Chicago Running Tours & More (Up to 55% Off)

Running Tours of Downtown Chicago from Chicago Running Tours & More (Up to 55% Off)

Chicago Running Tours & More

Central Chicago

Professional guides lead sightseeing tours at a jogging pace during excursions that emphasize fun and learning over speed

$32 $15

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  • Transistor
    Transistor’s love for local art and music is immediately evident when patrons enter the store’s Lincoln Avenue space, with visitors greeted by an eye-pleasing mélange of books, records, electronics, and musical instruments, many with Chicago connections. Deep-pine-green walls bear paintings, photographs, and prints by locally based visual artists, as well as silk-screened gig posters from bygone local shows. Books from Chicago arts-and-culture publishers such as Continuum and Taschen delve into film, photography, music, and other forms of creative expression. An ample stock of vinyl and CDs by indie-rock, punk, and classic-rock artists pairs with high-quality sound equipment, such as turntables and headphones from Numark. Regular in-store live performances by area musicians are dutifully recorded and posted on Transistor’s website, also home to a regular podcast featuring music curated by an eclectically minded five-person crew of store DJs. Periodic classes in skills such as oil and acrylic painting, home recording technology, and basic photography help transform art lovers into artists.
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    5045 North Clark Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Arabesque Dance
    The award-winning professional belly dancers at Arabesque edify adult performers of all levels in the theories and techniques of Middle Eastern dance. Instructors teach hips to shimmy through scintillating moves as guests study such art forms as belly dance, choreography, and prop work. Throughout classes, skilled dancers lead by example, gracefully wielding swords, fans, and pool noodles or tapping out rhythms with finger cymbals. Classes are available in five skill levels, ranging from beginner to advanced. Instructors and students can flaunt new moves during periodic local and national performances.
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    3703 North Elston Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Tony Wight Gallery
    Look at art from a new point of view and draw inspiration from showcased pieces at Tony Wight Gallery in Chicago. What's a fine museum without fine dining to accompany it? Be sure to pick up a tasty meal when you visit their great restaurant. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    845 West Washington Boulevard
    Chicago, IL US
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
    The Chicago Academy of Sciences created a library and collection of flora and fauna specimens that burnt in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, just 14 years after its inception. By 1894, the academy had regrouped and rebuilt its collection in Lincoln Park, where it stood for more than 100 years. In 1999, the academy turned it into the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, a family-friendly museum filled with exhibits that let visitors explore the flora, fauna, and ecology of the Great Lakes region. The 6.35-acre campus hosts more than 15,000 plants, 13,000 birds, and 22,000 amphibians and reptiles in its specimen collections. As visitors walk through, popular attractions include the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, where visitors can stand in a swirl of 1,000 exotic butterflies, and Mysteries of the Marsh and the Istock Family Look-in Lab, which feature dozens of living creatures, such as turtles, snakes, and giant bugs. The Rainforest Adventure area allows families to encounter live animals and participate in interactive activities. In addition to educating the public, the museum is a local leader in wildlife conservation. It's nestled in acres of restored prairie, where visitors can spot migratory birds and other native critters and plants. Outdoor exhibits include 17,000 square feet of green roofs, a restored-prairie nature trail, and a rooftop birdwalk. Explore Lincoln Park Groupon has partnered with the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce to curate a deal collection that embodies the spirit of this iconic Chicago neighborhood. From candlelit dinners at Geja’s to chasing butterflies at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, these are some of the city’s most essential destinations. Shop the full collection
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    2430 N Cannon Dr.
    Chicago, IL US
  • The Oriental Institute
    From a 17-foot-tall statue of King Tutankhamun to a 40-ton sculpture of a human-headed winged bull that once stood in the palace of an Assyrian king, The Oriental Institute Museum houses the many-splendored wonders of ancient Middle East. The treasures–which also include jewelry, mummies, and some of the earliest written documents in the world–represent the life's work of the University of Chicago's archaeologists, the real-life Indiana Joneses who bring the past to life through their excavations and research. Guided tours help visitors explore the galleries, and special programs introduce students to hands-on archaeological experiences such as simulated digs and artifact analysis. Exhibits spanning the history of 5,000 years fill galleries such as the Mesopotamian Gallery, where more than 1,000 objects lurk beneath the glass of custom-designed walnut cases. Graphic displays describe pottery, clay tablets, and metal jewelry from one of the world's first urban civilizations, all of which surround centerpieces such as the Code of Hammurabi. The museum's East Wing Galleries explore cultures of ancient Assyria, Anatolia, and Israel through artifacts such as a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls, carved reliefs from an Assyrian palace, and Bronze Age tools, weapons, and figurines. In the Egyptian Gallery, limestone-lined cabinets house 800 objects such as carvings, canopic jars, a child mummy, and the bust of King Neferhotep. In addition to tending to the permanent collection, the staff also assembles special events such as archaeology workshops, lectures, and screenings of films set in the ancient Middle East that let visitors delve deeper into the past. The museum also hosts enthralling temporary exhibits; on now though January 4, 2015, "In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East" shows how the living cared for the dead and how the ancients conceptualized the idea of the human soul in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Levant.
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    1155 E 58th St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
    It's safe to say that Frank Lloyd Wright is a household name, partly because he put his name on so many houses. The sites overseen by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust receive nearly 150,000 visitors a year—tangible proof that the visionary's impact on architecture, design, and culture remains alive and well. To ensure that legacy continues, the Chicago-based nonprofit runs tours at several of Wright's buildings and hosts various educational programs. Home and Studio: Unity Temple. Robie House. The Rookery Light Court remodeling. All classic pieces of Modern architecture, and all designed inside the studio at 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park. From 1889 until 1909, Frank Lloyd Wright worked out of this residential space, eventually expanding the home to include a proper studio as demand for his services grew. Now an architectural destination in its own right, the Home and Studio welcomes guests seeking a look into the mind (and working conditions) of America's most famed architect. On tours, trained interpreters guide visitors through the space, sharing anecdotes and insights into Wright's work and home life. Frederick C. Robie House: The crown jewel of Hyde Park's residential architecture, the Frederick C. Robie House was designed by Wright for the up-and-coming industrialist of the same name between 1908 and 1910. Widely hailed as one of the finest examples of the Prairie School of architectural design, the house has earned its share of accolades over the years, including a spot on the very first National Register of Historic Places in 1966. During tour, architectural experts guide groups through each of the house's significant features, from the cantilevered roof and prevalence of horizontal lines to the striking leaded glass windows that give the house its inner light. Tours also cover recent restoration efforts, giving guests an inside look at what it takes to preserve a historic home.
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    5757 S Woodlawn Ave.
    Chicago, IL US

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