Enjoy a rare, private 2-Hour Tour featuring Frank Lloyd Wright designs in historic Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois, the first suburbs directly west of Chicago. Internationally Acclaimed, Frank Lloyd Wright lived to the age of 94. His final project that was built while he was still alive was the Guggenheim Museum located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and across the street from Central Park. No doubt you've heard of and seen images of Fallingwater near Pittsburgh and Unity Temple in Oak Park -- just a few of Wright's best known designs that remain timeless modern classics and innovations today. See them up close and with personal detail and style from a docent/tour guide interpreter volunteer who was formally trained at Wright's first Home and Studio in Oak Park. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world visit the Home and Studio every year and wait in long, slow lines. You'll have your own tour guide who will give you the inside stories that you'll enjoy, remember and share with your family members and friends. Frank Lloyd Wright was a true pioneer and innovator and built his first home in Oak Park when he was 19 at the turn of the century. This is where he developed his very own unique style of "American, organic architecture" as he called it. It's also known as "The Prairie School." You'll see several examples of his world famous brick ranch Prairie Homes, including the Heurtley House, often referred to as his best work in the early stages of his career. It all started right here in Oak Park, including three of his so-called bootlegged homes that got the 19-year-old Wright fired by Architect Louis Sullivan for whom he worked as a draftsman. We'll drive down Forest Avenue which not only features Wright's first Home and Studio. It's home to an entire block filled with his timeless designs that are lived in and restored to near perfection and help make this block so unique and special for visitors from all over. Forest Avenue is a living, breathing museum and monument to his designs. He remains America's best architect and I would argue our best artist. He was a "genius," as Wright used to say about himself and all of the time. Sometimes, even with tongue in cheek, although rarely. Our 2-hour one on one tour will bring us up close and inside some of Wright's international historic landmarks, such as Wright's very own church, a Unitarian Universalist congregation, Unity Temple on Lake Street in Oak Park. It was recently restored to perfection at a cost of $23 million dollars. It's beyond beautiful. It has been my church, too, since I was a member of the Teen Youth Group as a 7th Grader and I continue to be a member to this day and love it. I'll show you why. It's unique seating pattern is original and memorable. Unity Temple is universally considered to be his best public building and it was the first building to be constructed with poured concrete. Tickets for Kevin Roy's Driving Tour are $50/person. It's a value, I promise, compared with what each individual building and landmark would cost on your own. Home & Studio is $15 per person, plus parking, . The Forest Avenue Walking Tour (not mine) is $40 more, $40 to tour Unity Temple on your own. Again, total cost for our tour is less than what all three would cost individually. Plus, I'll take you to several other Wright designed homes. And as a Realtor in Oak Park, I could also help you put an offer in for your very own Frank Lloyd Wright Dream Home. One of the bootlegged homes is currently on the market and it's listed by Baird & Warner where I'm proud to say I am a Broker Associate and it's just down the block on Chicago Avenue. So much to enjoy and talk about, time for photography, videos, and stories I've collected that I'll share with you during our time together. If you have any questions, please call me at 708.821.4670 or email: Kevin.Roy@BairdWarner.com. Thank you!
I love Chicago and know it very well. My hometown is filled with great restaurants and some of my favorite places are very affordable and high on fla...
I love Chicago and know it very well. My hometown is filled with great restaurants and some of my favorite places are very affordable and high on flavor. Take Chinatown, for example. Bigger than San Fran's and dim sum every bit as good if not better than Hong Kong. Chicago style pizza -- deep dish, thin crust, ask away. Best place for a Chicago style hot dog -- no problem and remember, ketchup is forbodden! Celery salt. Cheese Fries. Best Beef au jus. Museums. Architecture. Beaches. What to do at Millenium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, how to get around. My favorite underground secret route to cut through the city traffic mess. Chicago is the birthplace of modernism. The world famous Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park and a great architectural tour on the Chicago River that lets you in on the people, politicians and real blowhards that gave the Windy City its famous nickname. . Best skydeck -- Hancock Center or Willis Tower? There is a right and wrong answer. The new ginormous Ferris Wheel, what's best at the most visited tourist spot, Navy Pier. Where to stay, local neighborhoods, how to get around. And if you decide you want to call my hometown your new hometown, I'm a licensed Illinois Realtor with the number one firm in Chicagoland -- Baird & Warner. I'm proud to have won six Emmys as a TV News Anchor/Reporter. But the best reward is helping people. So put me to work. I would be grateful and honored to help you anyway I can.
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