Internationally renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright chose Oak Park to be his home in 1898 and forever entwined the man and the place; the area here having the highest concentration of Wright designed building in the world. The Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District of Oak Park is where you will find most of them.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Unity Temple are the two “must see” icons of Oak Park and are easily combined in one day. The famous dining room, play room and studio at his home and the mastery of space within Unity Temple are much more impressive than any photo can capture. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust also coordinates the Wright Plus Housewalk and Tour each May to include interiors of many other Wright designed properties in the area including some private homes.
A walking or biking tour is highly recommended to see the multitude of Wright and Wright inspired properties in the area. These tours include Wright in River Forest where you’ll see the first home he designed in the area. A short distance away you can see one of the only remaining multi building estates (the Coonley Estate) when you visit Wright in Riverside. The Village of Riverside, designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, is also home to the Tomek House which served as the model for the famed Robie House in downtown Chicago.
Don’t feel you need to be a scholar or fan of Wright’s or Prairie Style Architecture to enjoy this aspect of the Oak Park Area. Allowing yourself to experience his use of space can be inspiring and the history behind some of the buildings can be enlightening.