Frank Lloyd Wright's Chicago Landmarks

Text and photography by Lee F. Mindel for Architectural Digest

2014-10-20-cn_image_1.size.franklloydwright06oakparkillinoishomechildrensplayroomh545.jpg Inside Frank Lloyd Wright's home in Oak Park, Illinois.

Frank Lloyd Wright traveled to Chicago in search of employment in 1887, a time when the midwestern capital had emerged from the devastating fire of 1871 as a once-again bustling metropolis. Wright would go on to become the impossibly prolific leader of the Prairie School: He completed more than 1,100 designs, nearly half of which were built, and a number of his masterworks were set in and around the Windy City. I recently found myself there on a job as well, and thanks to the generosity of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust was able to visit many of those sites, including Wright's own home in the suburb of Oak Park, the Frederick C. Robie House, and the interior of Daniel Burnham and John Root's landmark Rookery Building. Thank you, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Join me on a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Chicago landmarks:

2014-10-20-item0.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.franklloydwright01oakparkillinoishomeexterior.jpg Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois.
2014-10-20-item9.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.franklloydwright10oakparkillinoishomeexterior.jpg Another Wright-designed home across the street from his residence and studio in Oak Park.
2014-10-20-item14.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.franklloydwright15robiehouseuniversityofchicago.jpg Wright's Robie House sits on the campus of the University of Chicago.
2014-10-20-item21.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.franklloydwright22rookerybuildingentry.jpg The entry to the Rookery Building in downtown Chicago, originally designed by Daniel Burnham and John Root. Wright remodeled the lobby in 1905.