This fall, you and your friends have a chance to explore the Frederick C. Robie House after the sun goes down thanks to special after-hours programming at the famous Hyde Park residence turned museum.
Hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, the late-night series will provide guests a chance to tour the 1910 home at their leisure while enjoying live music, regional wines, seasonal beers, and presentations from historic interpreters and local craftspeople.
It is offered on Fridays starting October 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets run $40 (or $35 for Trust members). The last Friday after-hours event is scheduled for November 22.
Fresh off an $11 million restoration and being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wright’s Robie House is considered one of the best examples of Prairie School architecture in the world. The innovative open floorplan features bold horizontal lines, cantilevered eaves, wrap-around art glass windows, and original Wright-designed furniture.
Meanwhile, in honor of the third installment of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Robie House will also offer extended tour hours on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., September 25 through December 18. “Biennial Wednesdays” will cost $20 but are free for Trust members.
If extended hours, live music, and adult beverages weren’t enough to merit a visit, autumn is an ideal time to check out Wright’s South Side masterpiece. The seasonal foliage serves as a perfect complement to the warm earthy tones of the restored interior paintwork.