Oak Park/Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago
It is worth the short train ride to go out to see Wright's home. (several blocks from the train) Again I was warned not to go by train and walk around the immediate neighborhood, but it was fine. The house is just marvelous..furnished with pieces he created. There is an excellent tour and book store. Interesting stories about how work as well as personal tidbits about the man and his life.
Oak Park, Illinois is just a little train ride from downtown Chicago. The home of Frank Lloyd Wright is a good tour of a fantastic house...with much of his original furniture in place. There are knowledgeable guides who give insights into the man and his family. Oak Park is also the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway, altho I didn't get to view that museum. There is a visitors Center at 158 N. Forest Ave....when you've walked from the Oak Park stop at Marion Street. (Metro West Line) The whole neighborhood is interesting, so plan to do a walking tour on your own. See my t'logues for more pics at Wright's home and neighborhood.
Don't miss Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece in the Prairie style, the Robie House on the campus of the University of Chicago. It's worth figuring out the bus system to get there. (Plus you get a nice ride alongside Lake Michigan.)
The building is currently undergoing a huge restoration, but to my mind, that makes it all the more interesting as you get to see the bones of the house.
Trek out to Oak Park to see Frank Lloyd Wright's house and studio. Then wander around the neighborhood to see some of the houses he designed as well as some beautiful painted ladies. Even better, go to the Pancake House on Lake Street first, eat an apple pancake while drinking great coffee and reading the Sunday Tribune. Then wander over to Frank's house. Ya know, Ernest Hemingway was from Oak Park too!
Watch for the details in the windows when looking at the Wright houses... or copies thereof. Notice the design in the glass itself which adds extra interest to this 'bump out' window.
The suburb of Oak Park contains the most FLW "Prairie Style" houses in the Chicago area -- this is the Robie House in Hyde Park near the University of Chicago.