Photograph The Iconic Rookery Building

  • February 26, 2014 · 11:45 AM
  • The Rookery

The Rookery is one of Chicago's iconic buildings. Normally tours are 30 minutes starting at noon. On Wednesday the tour is 45 minutes, so you could do this on your lunch hour.

On the Wednesday tour the group is allowed to go up to the Daniel Burnham Library on the 11th floor and to the top of the staircase. Cost is $10 and the tour group is limited to 10-12 participants. NO TRIPODS/MONOPODS!! Flash is permitted.

Meetup in front of Rookery @ 1145 AM. I will be in my iconic RED Blackhawks cap!

The Rookery Building is a historic landmark located at 209 South LaSalle Street in the Loop community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Completed by John Wellborn Root and Daniel Burnham of Burnham and Root in 1888, it is considered one of their masterpiece buildings, and was once the location of their office. The building measures 181 feet (55 m), is twelve stories tall and is considered the oldest standing high-rise in Chicago. It has a unique style with exterior load-bearing walls and an interior steel frame, which provided a transition between accepted and new building techniques. The lobby was remodeled in 1905 by Frank Lloyd Wright. Beginning in 1989, the lobby was restored to the original Wright design.
The building was designated a Chicago Landmark on July 5, 1972, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 17, 1970 and listed as a National Historic Landmark on May 15, 1975.


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  • Kari L.

    Lol. I don't know how to post pics to the meetup sight.

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    How many turned out?

    February 26, 2014

    • Matthew M.

      There were 3 of us. I hope to have some pictures processed this evening, but it will depend on how things go.

      February 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mathew, thanks for posting your very good shots. I really like the one of the staircase. I see you also got in a shot of the firescape next door.. Well done, all are excellent.

      1 · February 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tell me more,I am really sad that I missed it. Did you have time to get good shots?

    February 26, 2014

  • Matthew M.

    Excellent! When I worked downtown, I walked by this building hundreds of times without giving it a second glance. I had no idea there is so much beauty and history inside.

    February 26, 2014

  • Kari L.

    I agree w Mark... Great Event! :)

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Mark Allen G.

    Great event and very educational. Thank you for organizing!

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Matthew M.

    I'm here, thanks to a train schedule that gave me the choice of 55 minutes early or 5 minutes late. I'll be hanging out in the lobby closer to noon. I'm wearing a black coat & blue jeans.

    February 26, 2014

  • Candace

    Decided to work from home today since it's so so cold outside, so I won't be attending this meetup.

    February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This head cold has got the better of me right now. Have fun and don't forget to post your shots.

    February 26, 2014

  • Jeff J.

    Sorry. I'm also feeling under the weather and don't want to risk having to cancel at the last minute. Have fun, everybody!

    February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ooooh...I would so love to do this but cannot get out of work. Is there ever a weekend option?

    February 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sadly there are no weekend tours as the building is closed on the weekend.

      February 22, 2014

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