ULTIMATE PLUS (May 17-20, 2018) is Wright Plus deluxe—your all-access ticket to exclusive, one-of-a kind architecture and design experiences over an extraordinary Wright-centered weekend. The 3-night package includes:

  • Invitation-only Wright Night at Chicago’s renowned Rookery Building
  • Private Passage: Country Modern – an exclusive-access day tour
  • Fast Pass (no waiting in line) to the all-day Wright Plus Housewalk
  • Private luncheon at Oak Park’s historic Nineteenth Century Club
  • Exclusively Wright DinnersSM – gourmet dining at a private Wright-designed residence
  • Deluxe hotel stay at the historic Carleton of Oak Park
  • Transportation to and from all events
Ultimate Plus is SOLD OUT. Join the waiting list.
Contact Lise Braithwaite.

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January 3 – May 19, 2018 $2,500 $2,650

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Wright NightWright NightSM
Thursday, May 17, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Start your Wright Plus experience with an elegant reception in the stunning 1905 Wright-designed light court of The Rookery Building in downtown Chicago's historic financial district. Enjoy a private tour of the library where Daniel Burnham and colleagues hatched plans for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, and the rarely seen vault containing architectural artifacts from the building. Mingle with fellow Ultimate Plus guests, Wright enthusiasts and VIP guests at this invitation-only reception and silent auction.


Farnsworth House and Muirhead FarmhousePrivate Passage: Country Modern
Friday, May 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are both pioneers of modern architecture. The Ultimate Plus Friday Excursion, Private Passage: Country Modern, is a rare opportunity to compare how the two architects harmonized a unique architectural design with the landscape. First visit Wright’s Muirhead Farmhouse (1950), a 3,200-square-foot Usonian that is his only known farmhouse. After lunch, tour Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, designed in 1945 and constructed in 1951 as a country retreat. The “glass box” house is an icon of the International Style.

Breakfast, lunch and transportation included. Ultimate Plus Exclusive.


Wright Plus HousewalkWright PlusSM Housewalk & Luncheon
Saturday, May 19, 9 am to 5 pm

With your Fast Pass, walk right into each Wright Plus home without waiting in line. Enjoy a private luncheon at the historic Nineteenth Century Club. Tour First United Methodist Church (Tallmadge & Watson, 1923-1925), open exclusively for Ultimate Plus guests and FLWT members. Enjoy the reserved rest area.


Exclusively Wright DinnersSM
Saturday, May 19, 6:30 to 10:30 pm

Exclusive Wright Dinners

Join the owners of Wright’s Arthur B. Heurtley House (1905) and William Winslow House (1893) for an exquisite dining experience. Acclaimed chef Andrew Zimmerman will prepare a gourmet meal in the stunning Heurtley House. The spacious Winslow House debuts this year as the setting for the Trust’s signature dinner prepared by star chef Melissa Elsmo.

The Heurtley House is a masterpiece by a confident and successful architect entering his prime. The residence has been restored to Wright’s vision with authentic reproductions of Wright’s furnishings. Dinner will be served on a contemporary birch dining room set designed in Wright’s style.

Since taking the culinary lead at Sepia, a Michelin starred restaurant since 2011, Chef Andrew Zimmerman has garnered national acclaim for his inventive American cuisine. He describes his cooking style as all about balance of textures, global flavors and seasonality. Zimmerman has been honored by the James Beard Foundation and named Chef of the Year several times by the Jean Banchet Awards. StarChefs.com picked Zimmerman as a 2011 Rising Star Chef. Sepia won as Restaurant of the Year in 2012.

In Wright’s first major commission as an independent architect, William Winslow allowed Wright free rein in developing what the more conservative neighbors considered to be a shockingly modern design. A wide bay framed by wood columns with carved capitals distinguishes the elegant dining room.

In Chicago’s underground supper scene, foodies wait months to enjoy 14-course dining experiences masterminded by chef, food writer and photographer Melissa Elsmo. She appears often at pop-up events around the city. Mel’s passion for a good meal ensures you will fully and enthusiastically enjoy your dining experience.

Chef Nathan Sears, Executive Chef theWit Hotel, headlines the dining experience in the warm, inviting interiors of the William E. Martin House (1903), a three-story true Prairie house designed by Wright for his loyal client, William Martin. An extended south porch, series of stepped roofs and the west elevation’s vertical piers tie the entire composition together visually. The stucco walls, wood banding and leaded glass windows are all integral Prairie style features. The overall effect is of a structure so visually balanced it seems impossible to imagine the house without any of its external elements because all are vital. Wright’s ideal of organic architecture has been achieved.

Gourmet Breakfast and Airport Transfer
Sunday, May 20

Enjoy a gourmet breakfast at the hotel. Your transportation to O’Hare airport is arranged by us. Enjoy memories of a spectacular weekend.

Reserve your space now for Chicago's Ultimate Wright experience.

Ultimate Plus is SOLD OUT. Join the waiting list.
Contact Lise Braithwaite.

Please note that most venues on Ultimate Plus are private residences that are not handicapped accessible. Program subject to change due to unavoidable circumstances. Ultimate Plus tickets are non-refundable.

Questions about Ultimate Plus? Contact Lise Braithwaite.
Don't need accommodations? Consider Ultimate Saturday.

Farnsworth House photo: National Trust for Historic Preservation