World renowned architect and designer, Frank Lloyd Wright, has left his stamp on Chicago. Famous for his “organic architecture” style and philosophy, he always worked to seamlessly meld the man-made structures he designed with the surrounding natural elements. He spent the first twenty years of his career in Oak Park, designing offices, homes, skyscrapers, hotels- even furniture and stained glass elements, and as a result we now have the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, which serves to preserve his work and educate the public on his contributions to architecture, specifically his work in the Chicago area.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust offers guided, informative, tours of some of Wright’s most iconic designs. If you’re looking for something active, they offer a tour titled “Pedal Oak Park” where you zip around the neighborhood on a bike to view some on his designs. If you choose the “Wright Plus Housewalk” you’ll be taken on a 3-mile radius walking or trolley tour to see the homes. You can take a peek inside some of these beautiful places as well! Walk around inside some of these mansions and landmarks, like the Bach House, to get a closer, more detailed, look at how the interiors came together.
The options are endless, and there’s something for everyone. Whatever you end up choosing, we know you’ll leave with more knowledge and a deeper appreciation for Wright’s contribution to Chicago architecture. Have fun and don't forget to share your experiences using the hashtag #outandaboutwithcompass on Instagram!