How can I purchase a Wright Plus ticket?
You can purchase Wright Plus tickets online through this website or by calling 312.994.4000.
Members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust receive discounted ticket rates. If you are currently not a member, you can join now.
How will I receive my tickets?
Upon completion of your online or phone order, you will receive a confirmation email and a separate “eTicket” email. You will receive a third email in April 2017 with complete event details, once they are finalized. For the Wright Plus Housewalk, bring your eTicket(s) with you to the orientation check-in center when you arrive on May 20. For Ultimate Plus and Ultimate Saturday, bring your eTicket(s) to the appropriate check-in point on the date and time of your event.
Can I buy tickets at the event?
The number of tickets sold is limited. In recent years, tickets for the housewalk, weekend events and the Ultimate Plus package sold out well in advance. We recommend buying early to avoid disappointment.
Are there different prices for seniors/students/children?
No. See ticket rates.
Is my Wright Plus ticket tax-deductible?
Proceeds from the sale of Wright Plus Housewalk tickets benefit the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Tickets are non-refundable. The value of goods or services received with a ticket for Wright Plus 2017 is $46.00 per non-member ticket and $0.00 per member ticket. Please consult your tax adviser for more information.
The housewalk—how it works and facts to know
How long does the tour last?
You should allow all day for the tour. The buildings are open 9 am to 5 pm. You will need to wait in line to view buildings. Wait times vary depending on the time of day and location.
What is included with my ticket?
Your Wright Plus ticket includes entry to the listed private homes and public buildings. The private homes are open only on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
Admission to public buildings:
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Frederick C. Robie House—during Wright Plus weekend or for any regular public tour through December 31, 2017. The Rookery—Any regular public tour through December 31, 2017. Friday May 19, hourly tours from 10 am-2 pm. May 19 guided tours include the Burnham Library (subject to cancellation), where architects met to discuss the preliminary building plans for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The Rookery is not open for tours on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 during Wright Plus weekend.
Can I see the Robie House on the day of the housewalk?
The Robie House is located 20 miles southeast of Oak Park, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Because of that distance, we recommend visiting the Robie House on a different day from the housewalk. Your Wright Plus 2017 ticket allows you to visit the Robie House through December 31, 2017. Check hours for public tours.
Is anything special being offered for Wright 150 at the housewalk?
Wright Plus 2017 is part of the Trust’s Wright 150 celebration, commemorating 150 years since Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth on June 8, 1867. A special tiered rate schedule offers unprecedented savings on Wright Plus 2017 tickets.
Trust members receive discounted rates plus other privileges at the Wright 150 housewalk:
- A bonus tour house, the Thomas H. Gale House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1892), where members can also enjoy an outdoor rest area.
- Advance pick-up of program guide and wristband on Friday, May 19, from 9 am to 3 pm at 931 Chicago Ave, Oak Park (adjacent to the Home and Studio) or The Rookery, 209 S. LaSalle St, Chicago, if members wish to skip the check-in line at the housewalk and instead start their day at the featured house of their choice.
Does the housewalk require walking, standing or stair climbing? Is it physically accessible?
Trolleys shuttle housewalk visitors to and from nearby parking to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (location of the Orientation Center in 2017) and shopping/dining areas. You should anticipate walking at least a few blocks between tour sites. At peak times, lines may form to view the homes; no seating is provided. Some homes have stairs at their entrances and stair-climbing might be required if more than one level is open for viewing. We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes (note that high-heeled shoes are not allowed inside the tour homes).
Due to the historic nature of the homes on the housewalk, the tour is not physically accessible. If you have questions or would like to request accommodations please email or call Christena Gunther at email@example.com or 312.994.4005.
Hints: The courtyard of the Home and Studio is a good place to sit and relax. Some visitors bring folding stools or pack seats to sit on while they wait; these may be checked at the door of each house.
Must we see the houses in a particular order or at a particular time?
No. You may tour the houses in any order you choose from 9 am to 5 pm.
How is the tour conducted?
You will receive a wristband when you check in at the Wright Plus Orientation Center. At each building, a greeter admits a set number of visitors every few minutes to begin the tour. Wristbands are checked at each building on the tour. Once inside, visitors move from room to room in a group to listen to trained docents describe features of that room, the house's history and design, and interesting historical and family facts. The tour program is subject to change due to unavoidable circumstances.
Back by popular demand: 2017 Wright Plus Housewalk Fast Pass. This higher-price ticket allows you to enter tour buildings with the next available group, avoiding tour lines and waiting. Very limited availability. Ultimate Plus and Ultimate Saturday guests receive a Fast Pass with their ticket.
Can I take photographs of the homes?
You may take exterior photos of the homes from the sidewalk but interior photography is prohibited.
May I bring my child? How about my pet?
Children under the age of 12 are not allowed on the tour. Pets are not allowed.
Can I check my bags?
Yes. We offer free bag check for shop purchases and personal items. Please note that large bags, knapsacks, etc., are not allowed in the tour homes.
Where can I stay?
We recommend making hotel arrangements as soon as possible. Information on lodging options in the Oak Park and Chicago areas is available at www.visitoakpark.com, www.choosechicago.com and by phone at 1.877.CHICAGO.
Our Ultimate Plus Weekend package includes three nights' deluxe accommodation at the historic Carleton of Oak Park, Official Hotel of Wright Plus 2017.
Food and Shopping
Is lunch available during the Wright Plus housewalk?
Yes. You may order box lunches in advance and pick up your pre-ordered lunch at the Wright Plus concessions tent. A vegetarian option is also available. A limited number of lunches will be available for purchase on the day of the housewalk.
Is there a concession stand?
Yes. Our concession tent in the Home and Studio courtyard sells light breakfast fare, as well as snacks and beverages through the afternoon.
Are there restaurants nearby?
Yes. Many restaurants offering a variety of cuisine and pricing are located nearby. Restaurants participating in the Dine Wright program may have special offers.
Can I buy Frank Lloyd Wright items or souvenirs nearby?
Yes. Museum shops at the Home and Studio and Robie House feature books, home furnishings, jewelry and gift items in a wide price range, including special offers and artist events for Wright Plus 2017 weekend.
Location and transportation
Where is Oak Park?
Oak Park is a suburb bordering the western boundary of Chicago. It is 10 miles due west of Chicago's downtown (the Loop). It is roughly equi-distant (approximately 30 minutes' driving, at non-rush hour times) from Chicago's two airports, O'Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport.
How can I get to Oak Park?
Oak Park is easily accessible by car and by public transportation. It is served by the Metra commuter rail system, as well as by the Chicago Transit Authority's elevated trains (the "L"). Taxis are also easily available.
Driving between Oak Park and either airport or downtown Chicago takes about 30 minutes at non-rush hour times. During rush hour, expect longer travel times.
Take the Eisenhower Expressway, I-290, to the Harlem Avenue exit, and exit northbound. Continue north on Harlem Avenue to Lake Street. Turning right on Lake Street, you will be in downtown Oak Park. Signs will direct you to public parking. For a detailed map and custom driving directions, visit Google Maps.
Directions from downtown Chicago via public transportation
Take either (1) the Metra commuter train Union Pacific West Line to the Oak Park stop or (2) the Chicago Transit Authority Green Line ("L") to the Harlem Avenue stop. For Metra information, visit www.metrarail.com or call 312.836.7000. For Green Line "L" information, visit www.transitchicago.com or call 888.YOURCTA.
Bad weather and cancellations
What happens if the weather is bad?
The Wright Plus Housewalk will not be cancelled because of inclement weather. Be sure to dress for the weather.
What if I cannot attend?
Wright Plus tickets are not refundable or exchangeable. When you purchase tickets you may also purchase travel insurance to protect the value of your trip.
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