Bike tours, kid-friendly design workshops at Frank Lloyd Wright homes
Oak Park is home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designs. This summer, you can tour the architecture of the Prairie School and learn about the history of the neighborhood on weekly bike tours.
Plus, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust has a handful of other summer programs planned that will keep the kids busy and enjoying the warm weather.
So if you haven’t had a chance to see some of Wright’s historic homes, now is a great time to visit. Plus, it might give you the opportunity to explore some of the beautiful historic neighborhoods in which his designs are located, like Oak Park and Hyde Park.
Here is an overview of the FLW Trust’s summer events.
A guided bike tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes
The tour will begin at Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park. You’ll hear about 21 Wright-designed homes, including the Frank Thomas House, Heurtley House, Cheney House, and Furbeck House. This 2 hour tour will start at 9.30am and will run from Friday to Saturday between June and September. Tickets start at $40 and include a bike if you need one.
Creative workshops for children
Each week features a new design project, which you can discover on the Twitter, aimed at families with children in kindergarten through 5th grade. The walk-in style workshop takes place in the courtyards of Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park and the Robie House in Hyde Park. Check the Trust’s website for details on weekly dates in July and August.
Family Open House at Wright’s Home and Studio
The annual open house takes place this year at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 15. The free event will include scheduled tours, children’s art activities in the yard and refreshments. This will be your chance to step inside the first building that the iconic architect designed entirely by himself and spent over 20 years refining while he lived there.
New Robie House Audio Tour
In 1910, the Robie House was completed and was the last of Wright’s true Prairie-style houses. The new audio-guided walking tour explains the history of the house’s history and the surrounding area of Hyde Park. Earlier this year, the Robie House reopened after an extensive restoration that opened up more public spaces, so if you haven’t been in a while you might see something new.