Trip Planner:   USA  /  Illinois  /  Chicago  /  Rookery Building

Rookery Building, Chicago

4.6
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 181ft, 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.NameThe name of the building is an allusion to the old City Hall building that occupied the land before the Rookery. That building was nicknamed the Rookery not only in reference to the crows and pigeons that inhabited its exterior walls, but also because of the shady politicians it housed (given the rook's perceived reputation for acquisitiveness). After the Great Chicago Fire a dilapidated building was used as an interim City Hall at this location (LaSalle and Adams). However, pigeons became such a nuisance that a complaining citizen began referring to the building as "a rookery", a term the press quickly adopted. Although several names were considered when a new structure on the site was proposed, "the Rookery" won out.
Put Rookery Building and other Chicago attractions into our Chicago holiday planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
Source
Create an itinerary including Rookery Building
map
Rookery Building Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
258 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • If you are at all interested in the architecture of Chicago, the Rookery is an essential visit. Considered the finest office building when it was completed in 1886, the building designed by architectu...  more »
  • Worth a stop while in town. The tour was about 45 minutes and the guides were excellent. Main stops were of the basement vault, main hall architecture, and library. Frank Lloyd Wright updates are impr...  more »
  • Frank Lloyd Wright was truly a great architect! Deserves to see it live "Lobby". You can enter without problems because there are commercial activities, as an optician, and others.
    View original
Google
  • A "must see" for any Chicago traveler. This historic building houses a roof designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and has a gift shop inside. The roof was covered in tar and used for parking at one point but has now been fully restored.
  • Lobby is open to visitors to see Root's design and Lloyd Wright's update. Make sure to check the Information is posted on the walls for details about the building. Worth the read.
  • This building is amazing to look at. It's a shame that on the day I wanted to see the lobby, it was closed. Pretty cool anyways, hope to see it next time.
  • Cool architectural gem in the city. Once the headquarters for the famous Daniel Burnham the atrium is gorgeous and the iconic stair is worth the walk. Unfortunately security is tight so you aren't going far without being invited by one of the businesses inside or on an architectural tour.
  • Inside the building looks amazing. Must see place in the area.

Plan your trip to Chicago

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Chicago

The Midwest's major center for business conventions, Chicago boasts many affordable places to stay, with most hotels located around the airport and the city's central business district. To discover the city from a comfortable base within walking distance of most tourist attractions, aim for one of the big chain hotels in the downtown area. If you're traveling on a limited budget and wish to get a deeper sense of Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods, consider staying away from the pricey city center and explore suburbs on a commuter train line for easy city access.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Chicago by other users

23 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 34 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 59 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, relaxing, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in East Coast of USA & Chicago BY A USER FROM INDIA June, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM TURKEY July, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans