May 15-18, 2014
SHARE THE ALL WRIGHT EXPERIENCE with an intimate group of like-minded architecture enthusiasts over a long weekend of six exclusive events. Ultimate Plus is your all-access invitation to one-of-a-kind architectural experiences.
- Invitation-only Chairman's Reception in the spectacular Wright-designed lobby of The Rookery Building, an early Chicago skyscraper. Includes private tour.
- Private Passage to Penwern, the summer estate of Oak Park businessman, Fred B. Jones. Frank Lloyd Wright designed this vacation retreat in Delavan, WI in 1900. Ultimate Plus Exclusive.
- The celebrated ALL WRIGHT Housewalk with Fast Pass allows immediate access to all Housewalk homes. No waiting in lines.
- A private lunch and lecture on the day of the housewalk.
- Exclusively Wright Dinners: Private dining at an exquisite Wright-designed home with cuisine by an acclaimed Chicago chef.
- A gourmet breakfast at the hotel and a private tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Frederick C. Robie House.
- Three nights' accommodation in a deluxe room (double occupancy) at the historic Carleton of Oak Park Official Hotel of All Wright 2014.
- Transportation to and from all events as well as a Sunday drop-off at Chicago's O'Hare airport.
- Spectacular gift bag
Ultimate Plus Weekend Package:
|$2600 FLWT member; $2850 non-member
(price includes handling fee)
Single room supplement: $350
To be added to the waitlist, email
Thursday, May 15
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Private tour of The Rookery and the Burnham Library, 5 to 5:30 pm. Ultimate Plus Exclusive.
Start your ALL WRIGHT experience with an elegant reception in the stunning 1905 Wright-designed lobby of The Rookery Building in the historic financial district of downtown Chicago. Visit the library where Daniel Burnham and colleagues hatched plans for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Mingle with fellow Ultimate Plus guests, Wright enthusiasts, and VIP guests at this invitation-only event and silent auction. Enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and live music.
Friday, May 16
9 am to 5 pm
An exclusive private tour of Penwern, the lakefront estate that Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1901 on Lake Delavan in Wisconsin. Wright designed the vacation retreat, which encompasses the main house, boathouse, stables and gatehouse for Fred B. Jones in 1900. Situated on the banks of Lake Delavan, Penwern was conceived with a sensitivity to its picturesque setting--the fieldstone boulders that make up its façade create a rustic appearance appropriate to the surrounding environment, and an expansive living room permits panoramic views of the nearby lakefront. Includes transportation by luxury motorcoach and lunch. Departs from: The Carleton Hotel, Oak Park, Illinois.
Saturday, May 17
9 am to 5 pm
Ultimate Plus guests will receive Fast Passes to the ALL WRIGHT Housewalk. Walk right into each home and avoid waiting in line. Join us at 12 noon for a private luncheon at the historic Nineteenth Century Charitable Association.
Saturday, May 17
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Limited number of Exclusively Wright Dinner seats available at $500 per person. Please contact Lise at 312.994.4012 for more information or to purchase a ticket.
Join current owners in their Frank Lloyd Wright home and dine on exquisite cuisine prepared by an acclaimed chef. The evening will include private tours, cocktails and dinner prepared by an acclaimed chef. Experience what it's like to dwell in a work of art. Transportation provided from the Carleton of Oak Park.
Featured Dinner Venues
Avery Coonley Estate Coach House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1907), Riverside, IL
Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the Coonley Estate Coach House, a splendid component of the magnificent Coonley Estate. The evening includes an interior tour by the homeowner of the Avery Coonley Residence, Coach House and the estate’s sunken garden and elegant lily pool. Built from 1907 to 1911 on a full city block along the Des Plaines River, the Coonley Estate represents one of Frank Lloyd Wright's finest early structures. The Coonleys had investigated the architect's other homes and remarked that they saw in his work "the countenances of principle." Wright stated in his autobiography, "This was to me a great and sincere compliment. So I put my best into the Coonley House." The estate has been meticulously restored by the current owners.
The Glore House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1951), Lake Forest, IL
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this property is a breathtaking example of his organic architecture. One block from Lake Michigan, the beauty of a dramatic 1.9-acre lot with a panoramic ravine unfolds through soaring walls of glass. Interior consists of exposed brick, mahogany, glass and a floating staircase. Meticulous renovations include kitchen, baths, garage, family-media room with exterior decks and patios. A rare jewel!
*Please note that travel time to this property will be 45 to 60 minutes.
Harry S. Adams (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1913), Oak Park, IL
Delight in the contemporary ambiance of Wright’s Oak Park finale – the Harry S. Adams House. All of the Prairie style characteristics are embodied in the architect’s final commission in his home town. Admire the glass details, the handsome built-ins, the integration of natural materials into the design and the sweeping vistas of the open floor plan.
Chef Dan Smith
Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, better known as The Hearty Boys, are trend-setting Chicago caterers. Hosts of Food Network’s Party Line with The Hearty Boys, they were the original winners of Search for the Next Food Network Star. The partners founded HB restaurant in 2005. They opened HEARTY in 2009, where Smith’s menu was lauded for its “inspired and deft twists on iconic dishes.” The pair regularly contributes to Better Homes and Gardens and appears frequently on ABC’s Windy City Live. Smith and McDonagh are co-authors of Talk with Your Mouth Full and The New Old Bar.
Chef Gale Gand
Recognized in 2001 as Outstanding Pastry Chef by The James Beard Foundation and Bon Appetit magazine and in 1994 as one of Food & Wine’s Top Ten Best New Chefs, executive pastry chef Gale Gand studied at La Varenne in Paris before opening Trio and later the renowned four-star Mobil, five-diamond AAA, Relais & Chateaux Relais-Gourmand restaurant Tru with culinary partner Rick Tramonto. Gand participates in Michele Obama's Chefs Move to Schools initiative, is the author of seven cookbooks and has her own root beer company. Chef Gand has been on Iron Chef, Martha Stewart, Oprah, Julia Child’s Baking with Julia, and was judged Bravo’s “Top Chef.” A supporter of green practices, Gand is a member of the National Restaurant Association’s Conserve Initiative Action Council.
Chef Leonard Hollander
Freshly returned from a culinary tour of Western Europe where he staged in several Michelin-starred restaurants, Leonard Hollander was most recently the executive chef at Oak Park’s trendy bistro, Marion Street Cheese Market
Enjoy a gourmet buffet breakfast at the Carleton Hotel before departing for your private tour of Wright's Frederick C. Robie House. One of the 10 most important buildings of the 20th century, according to the American Institute of Architects, the Robie House is a masterpiece of the Prairie style and an icon of early modernism. Transportation will be provided back to the Carleton Hotel and then to O'Hare International Airport. Ultimate Plus Exclusive.
For more information about Ultimate Plus Weekend Package, email us. Program subject to change.
Please note that most venues on Ultimate Plus are private residences that are not handicapped accessible.