How can I purchase a Wright Plus ticket?
You can purchase Wright Plus tickets online through this website or by calling 312.994.4000 x1. You can also purchase Wright Plus tickets in person at our museum shops at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, The Rookery and Robie House.
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 2019 with complete event details.
On the day of the Wright Plus Housewalk, bring your eTicket(s) with you to check-in at the Orientation Center. Ultimate Plus and Ultimate Saturday guests 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 and 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 2019 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 eight private homes and four landmark public buildings. The private homes are open only on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Unity Temple are located in Oak Park and are easily accessible to tour on the day of the Housewalk. Or schedule any regular public tour through December 31, 2019.
Frederick C. Robie House is located in the Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park. We suggest you do not visit Robie House on the day of the Housewalk. Tours are available on other days during Wright Plus weekend, or schedule any regular public tour through December 31, 2019.
The Rookery is located in downtown Chicago. On Friday, May 17, hourly tours are offered from 10 am - 2 pm. The Rookery is not open for tours on weekends. Schedule any regular public tour through December 31, 2019.
Can I see the Robie House on the day of the housewalk?
The Robie House is located 18 miles southeast of Oak Park, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Due to travel time, we recommend visiting the Robie House on a different day from the housewalk. Your Wright Plus 2019 ticket allows you to visit the Robie House through December 31, 2019. Check hours for public tours.
Do Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members receive special benefits for Wright Plus 2019?
Trust members receive discounted rates plus other privileges at the Wright Plus Housewalk:
- Advance pickup of program guide and wristband on Friday, May 17, allows members to skip the check-in line at the housewalk and start their day at the featured house of their choice. Pickup times and location details to follow.
- Members-only oasis/rest area.
- Members-only Historic Hyde Park Guided Walking Tours on Friday, May 17 and Sunday, May 19. Tickets are $15. This tour is exclusively for Wright Plus guests who are also Trust Members. Only available during Wright Plus weekend.
- Special member rates for Renewing Wright's Vision: Restoring the Robie House Panel Discussion and Cocktail Reception on Sunday, May 19, 3 to 6 pm.
- Bonus 20% discount at our museum shops all weekend.
Does the housewalk require walking, standing or stair climbing? Is it physically accessible?
You should anticipate walking at least a few blocks between tour sites. At peak times, lines may form to view the homes; seating is not provided. Some homes have stairs at their entrances and stair-climbing will be required throughout the day.
Due to the historic nature of the homes, the tour is not physically accessible. Assisted walking devices are not allowed in the private residences.
Trolleys shuttle Housewalk guests to and from downtown Oak Park train stations, parking garages and the Orientation Center (Home and Studio complex) all day. Trolley service to the tour homes runs continuously throughout the day.
We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes (note that high-heeled shoes are not allowed inside the tour homes).
If you have questions or would like to request accommodations, please contact Rebecca Girard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.994.4001.
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.
Wright Plus Housewalk Fast Pass. This higher-price ticket allows you to enter tour buildings with the next available group, avoiding long tour lines and waits. 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.
What is the bag policy at tour homes?
Large bags, knapsacks, etc., are not allowed in the tour homes. We offer free bag check for shop purchases and personal items.
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 2019.
Food and Shopping
Is lunch available for purchase 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. The Concessions Tent is located at the Orientation Center (Home and Studio complex).
Light breakfast fare, snacks, and beverages are available for purchase 8 am – 2 pm. Pre-purchased box lunches are available for pick up from 11 am – 1:30 pm. For those who did not pre-order a lunch, a very limited number of box lunches will be available for purchase on-site beginning at 11 am until supplies last.
Lunches are first come, first serve. Options include:
- Chopped salad: lettuce, spinach, cucumber, black olives, roma tomatoes, penne pasta, green onion, black beans. Cheese on the side. Served with a red wine vinaigrette on the side.
- Pollo Pomodoro: Sliced marinated grilled chicken breast, mozzarella, lettuce, roma tomato and balsamic glaze on Italian bread.
- Turkey: Roasted turkey, tomatoes, havarti cheese, arugula on Italian bread.
- Roast Beef: Premium angus roast beef, provolone, lettuce, roma tomato, red onions. Served on Italian bread.
*All condiments are served on the side*
*Box lunches include potato chips, pasta salad (except vegetarian salad), cookie, piece of fruit and beverage selection*
If you did not purchase a box lunch ($15) with your ticket and wish to purchase one now, please order by phone: 312.994.4000. Pre-orders must be placed by Friday, May 10.
NO REFUNDS on lunches. NO guarantees on dietary restrictions or allergies as the sandwiches are made in a commercial kitchen.
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, Robie House and The Rookery feature Wright and design-inspired home furnishings, jewelry, gift items and books.
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?
Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable. The tour will not be cancelled due to inclement weather. We recommend you watch the weather and come prepared for the day.
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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