A Legendary Architect Leaves his Blueprint on Illinois

Illinois' Frank Lloyd Wright Trail

One of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright called Illinois home—and filled it with some of his best works.


Today, Frank Lloyd Wright is known as one of America's greatest architects, but when he moved to Illinois at age 20, he was just a young draftsman looking for a job.

He found one. And then another. And then a better one. He married. He built a home and studio in Oak Park where he worked for 20 years. Throughout it all, he added more to Illinois' fabric and color than even he could have imagined—and peppered the state with sterling examples of architecture built in his signature Prairie style.

About the Trail

Illinois' Frank Lloyd Wright Trail is a self-guided architectural adventure featuring 13 Wright-designed buildings, open to the public for tours. This includes two UNESCO World Heritage sites — the Frederick C. Robie House and Unity Temple.

On this page, you can find downloadable PDFs of our curated Illinois' Frank Lloyd Wright Trail itineraries, dig into more information on all 13 sites, or read first-hand accounts of Wright-related sites from our Local Experts.


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