August 21, 2011- August 21, 2011
Downtown Oak Park
Come enjoy the charm, beauty and architectural character of the near western suburbs of Chicago
Corner of Marion St. and Westgate
Oak Park , IL 60301
The Seventh Annual Wright Ride
The Oak Park Cycle Club and Visit Oak Park Area are pleased to announce that Wright Ride 2011 will take place on Sunday, August 21, 2011.
The Wright Ride is a fun, interesting tour of the western suburbs with notes about landmark architecture along the route. We will have great food and drinks at rest stops along the way. Route options this year include 17, 30, 50, and 62 miles.
The starting point is in downtown Oak Park, at the corner of Marion St and Westgate. This location is just north of the train tracks, near the Harlem CTA Green Line and the Oak Park Metra stops. Route opens at 6:30 a.m.
The Wright Ride is named for one of Oak Park's most famous citizens, Frank Lloyd Wright, who spent the first 20 years of his 70 year career here, building numerous homes that still stand in the community, including his own. He lived and worked in the area between 1889 and 1909. His earliest work can be found here, including the Winslow House in neighboring River Forest. Oak Park boasts many examples of the very first Prairie Style houses, as well as Wright's world-renowned Unity Temple, which was built between 1905-1908.
There were several well-known architects and artists that worked in Wright's Oak Park Studio. Richard Bock, William Eugene Drummond, Marion Mahony Griffin, and Walter Burley Griffin each contributed to Wright's work during this time. Innumerable buildings in Oak Park were built by other Prairie School architects such as Tallmadge and Watson, George W. Maher, Robert C. Spencer, John Van Bergen, and E.E. Roberts. Additionally, there are various architectural styles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries located throughout the town.