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Explore the interior and exterior of one of Chicago’s most famous and beloved historic buildings: The Rookery by Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root. Venture to the 11th floor to visit the architects’ private library, a space rarely open to visitors.

1 Hour
$20 public (includes CAC admission)
Free for CAC members
209 S. LaSalle St. at the grand staircase

Marvel at the exquisite beauty and grandeur of the highly ornamented brick and granite exterior, which some liken to a Moorish castle. Learn more about the method of construction and how the architects employed a combination of designs to maximize light and air in this early office building. We’ll also discuss various renovations and restorations to the building and learn the interesting story of how The Rookery earned its name.

  • Private tours are not offered for The Rookery.
  • Although it's not required, we recommend making reservations in advance for this tour.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.

Upcoming Rookery Building Tours