This page contains information to help you plan for an enjoyable experience at WRIGHT PLUS.

WHERE TO START THE HOUSEWALK

To start your Wright Plus tour, check in at the Welcome Center located at the Home and Studio complex – 931 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302. The Welcome Center opens at 8 am.

Welcome Center map

Please bring proof of vaccination and printed e-ticket with barcode or make it available to scan from your smartphone. If you cannot locate your e-ticket, please provide a photo ID from the original purchaser. We will look up your tickets under that name.
e-ticket

At check-in you will receive your Wright Plus program, which includes a map of the tour sites, and your wristband, which serves as your ticket and is required for admission into the tour buildings. If you have pre-purchased a box lunch you will also receive your lunch voucher(s) at check-in. The wristband must be worn at all times on May 21 for entry into the tour buildings. 

The 2022 Wright Plus will be a fully vaccinated event. Proof of full vaccination is the only acceptable requirement for admission. 

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT MEMBERS – EARLY CHECK-IN, BONUS HOUSE, DISCOUNT

Avoid the registration line on Saturday and start the Housewalk at the featured house of your choice by participating in Early Check-In – only FLWT members may pick up their wristband, Wright Plus program, and lunch voucher(s) on Friday, May 20, from 10 am – 3 pm. For your convenience, tickets may be picked up at any of the following locations:

  • The Home and Studio, 931 Chicago Ave, Oak Park
  • The Rookery, 209 S LaSalle St, Chicago
  • Robie House, 5757 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago

You must bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and your printed e-ticket (with barcode) or make it available to scan from your smart phone.

If choosing Early Check-In on May 20, you may wish to reserve complimentary tour tickets at the location where you are picking up your Wright Plus materials. Members enjoy 20% off shop purchases at the Home and Studio, the Rookery, and Robie House Shop on Friday as well. 

FLWT Members enjoy 20% off purchases all weekend, from Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22.

FAST PASS GUESTS

Your Fast Pass gives you priority entry to each tour home allowing you to enter with the next group

As a benefit to our Fast Pass guests, you have the option to avoid the registration line on Saturday and start the Housewalk at the featured house of your choice by participating in Early Check-In.

  • The Home and Studio, 931 Chicago Ave, Oak Park

If choosing Early Check-In on Friday, May 20, you may wish to reserve complimentary tour tickets at the location where you are picking up your Wright Plus materials.

You also have the option to pick up your materials the morning of the Housewalk at the Welcome Center. Check in on Saturday, May 21 begins at 8 am. You must bring your printed e-ticket (with barcode) or make it available to scan from your smart phone. If you will be arriving after 11 am, please visit the front desk in the Trust's Administrative Offices, which is part of the Home and Studio complex.

NAVIGATING THE TOUR ROUTE

Allow all day for the tour. The buildings are open 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, May 21.

Tour sites may be viewed in any order you choose. You may need to wait in line to view some buildings. Your Wright Plus program (provided at check-in) will have a tour map for the walk.

Shuttle service will be available between downtown Oak Park train stations, parking garages and the Welcome Center (Home and Studio complex) all day (7:30 am until approximately 6 pm). Stops are indicated on the tour map, in the Wright Plus Program.

SHOPPING

The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio courtyard in Oak Park, IL is the center for Wright Plus activities and shopping.

Our Museum Shop features an inspiring collection of products based on Wright’s innovative, timeless designs. See what’s new in home décor, jewelry, Wright furniture, decorative accessories and gift items.

Shop Hours
Friday, May 20: 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday, May 21: 8 am – 6 pm
Sunday, May 22: 9 am – 5 pm

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Member Benefit
20% off purchases: Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22 – In-store and online at ShopWright.org.

Additional Shopping at Trust Sites during Wright Plus Weekend

Robie House
5757 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago

Friday, May 20: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday, May 21: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, May 22: 8:30 am – 6 pm

The Rookery
209 S. LaSalle St, Chicago

Friday, May 20: 9 am – 5 pm

Every purchase supports the education, restoration, and preservation programs of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

SERVICES

Bag Check: To protect the homes, all large bags/items must be checked. Any bag larger than 12"w x 12"h x 5”d will not be allowed in the tour homes.

We strongly suggest you do not bring bags over this size, as very limited bag check will be available at the Welcome Center (Home and Studio complex) and individual tour sites.

A bag sizer will be used at each location to measure bags and parcels.

FOOD AND CONCESSIONS

The Concessions Tent is located at the Welcome Center (Home and Studio complex).

Pre-purchased box lunches are available for pick up from 11 am – 2 pm..

Lunches* are first come, first serve. Options include:

  • Turkey Delizioso Sandwich: sliced turkey, cucumber, leaf lettuce, Havarti cheese, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise on a whole grain ciabatta bread
  • Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich: sliced roast beef, cheddar, leaf lettuce, Roma tomatoes, red onions, Dijon mustard and horseradish on a rustic ciabatta
  • Caprese Sandwich (V): fresh mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, basil, balsamic on soft herb ciabatta)
  • Chicken Protein Bowl (GF): grilled chicken, spinach, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, green onion, mozzarella and balsamic vinaigrette
    *All condiments are served on the side*
    *Box lunches include potato chips and your choice of water or iced tea*

NO REFUNDS on lunches. NO guarantees on dietary restrictions or allergies as the sandwiches are made in a commercial kitchen. 

GETTING TO OAK PARK – DRIVING, PARKING, PUBLIC TRANSIT

plan your day map

Oak Park is ten miles west of the downtown Chicago Loop and is accessible by car and public transit.

Driving directions from downtown Chicago: Take I-290 West. Exit at Harlem Avenue (Rte.43). Turn right (north) for parking garages (see adjacent map).

Parking in Oak Park and River Forest:  Street parking is limited, highly regulated and strictly enforced. No parking is allowed on streets near tour buildings. Convenient all-day parking is available in the public garages shown on the adjacent map. Please note Wright Plus shuttle stops near the garages for your convenience. 

Oak Park Public Parking Garages

The Avenue Parking at 720 North Blvd
Holley Court Parking at 1125 Ontario St
Lake and Forest Parking at 938 Lake St

Village of Oak Park parking rates and information

Public Transportation to Oak Park:

Public Transportation from downtown Chicago (Metra)
Board train at Ogilvie Transportation Center (Clinton & Madison). Take westbound train (Union Pacific West Line) towards Harlem. Exit at Oak Park stop. Walk north on Marion Street to Lake Street. Turn right on Lake to Forest Avenue. Continue north on Forest to Chicago Avenue. The Home and Studio (Wright Plus Welcome Center) is on the corner of Forest and Chicago. 10- to 15-minute walk. Route information and train schedule at metrarail.com or 312.836.7000. 

(A Wright Plus shuttle stop will be located at South Boulevard and Marion Street. The shuttle will bring you to the Home and Studio/Welcome Center, with shuttles running from 7:30 am to approximately 6 pm on Saturday, May 21 only).

Public Transportation from downtown Chicago (CTA)
Take westbound Green Line to the Oak Park Avenue stop. Walk under tracks and go north on Oak Park Avenue to Chicago Avenue. Turn left (west) and walk three blocks to the Home and Studio (Wright Plus Welcome Center). 10- to 15-minute walk. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes. Information transitchicago.com or 888.YOURCTA. 

(A Wright Plus shuttle stop will be located at North Boulevard and Oak Park Avenue. The shuttle will bring you to the Home and Studio/Welcome Center, with shuttles running from 7:30 am to approximately 6 pm on Saturday, May 21 only).

p>Ridesharing Services: Rideshare services Uber and Lyft are available. The designated rideshare pick-up and drop-off location is 900 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, IL, 60302. Pick-up and drop-off only, no parking.

 

TOURING PUBLIC BUILDINGS

Face masks are required inside private homes, Wright’s Home and Studio, and while riding shuttles.

Two Frank Lloyd Wright UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and Unity Temple in Oak Park, will be open during Wright Plus at regular admission.

  • Unity Temple: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Robie House: 10 am to 2:30 pm

Touring the Rookery during Wright Plus weekend: The Rookery is located downtown Chicago and is not open for tours on weekends. The Rookery is regularly open for tours Monday through Friday with tours scheduled at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, and 1 pm.

*subject to change

VISITING HYDE PARK (ROBIE HOUSE)

How to get to Hyde Park
The Robie House is accessible by public transportation or car. It is located at 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, on the campus of the University of Chicago. On-street parking is limited. Please allow additional time to find parking.

Driving Directions from downtown Chicago
Take Lake Shore Drive (US 41) south to the 53rd Street exit. Proceed on 53rd Street to Woodlawn Avenue and turn left. The Robie House is located at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 58th Street.

Public Transportation from downtown Chicago (CTA)
Take #6 Jackson Park Express bus from the northwest corner of State and Lake Streets, or any of the following intersections with State Street: Washington, Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, Wabash, Congress, Harrison. Exit the bus at Stony Island Avenue and 57th Street. Walk six blocks west on 57th Street to Woodlawn Avenue. Turn south (left) on Woodlawn and walk one block to the Robie House. Alternatives are the #2 Hyde Park Express (weekday morning and evening rush hours only).

Public Transportation from downtown Chicago (Metra)
Take the University Park Line from Millennium Station. Exit train at 55th-56th-57th Street stop. Walk 5 blocks west to Woodlawn Avenue and turn left (south).

For the latest CTA/Metra/Pace schedules and rates, call 312.836.7000 or visit their respective websites.
www.transitchicago.com | www.metrarail.com | www.pacebus.com

Enjoy dining and other cultural activities near Robie House.

REFUNDS, CANCELLATIONS, WEATHER, AND SAFETY

Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable. The tour will not be cancelled due to inclement weather.

It can be difficult to judge the weather, especially in regions where conditions can change in a matter of minutes. The Wright Plus team keeps a close watch on the forecast leading up to the event and throughout the day. Rain, sun, warm, and cool weather are all possibilities in the Chicagoland area in May.

We recommend you watch the weather as well and come prepared for the day. In the event of severe weather, plans are in place for a variety of situations. Guest comfort and safety are of the utmost importance.

Security and safety are also an important part of the planning. We work hand in hand with relevant law enforcement and public protection agencies to help ensure the safety of our event. We make every effort to create a safe environment at Wright Plus.

If you need any assistance, seek out our First Aid site (in front of 951 Chicago Ave), or look for a Wright Plus volunteer or a Trust staff member.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • No interior photography of private homes. Photography designations will be clearly marked at each tour site. Interior photography is permitted in public buildings: Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Robie House, The Rookery, Unity Temple.
  • Children under 12 years not admitted.
  • Due to the historic nature of the private homes on the walk, the tour is not physically accessible. If you have questions or would like to request accommodations, please e-mail info@flwright.org.
  • High heels are not permitted in the tour homes.
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is committed to sustainability efforts and ask that our guests use provided recycling services where available.
  • Participation entitles the Trust to unrestricted use of photographs taken during the event without subject consent.
  • Please bring proof of vaccination and printed e-ticket with barcode or make it available to scan from your smartphone. If you cannot locate your e-ticket, please provide a photo ID from the original purchaser. We will look up your tickets under that name.

Questions? Our Frequently Asked Questions page will answer most questions, including ticket information, housewalk logistics, directions and transportation, lodging, dining and shopping.

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