Audrey and Harry Lesner, otherwise known as The Budget Savvy Travelers, are full-time travelers and digital nomads. Born and raised in Chicago, their passion to show others how to break free without breaking the budget. They are the proud winners of the 2019 Top Budget Travel Blog.
Few cities boast such a broad range of stunning architecture like the city of Chicago. Designed by the famous architect duo Daniel Burnham and John Root, The Rookery is one of the most historically significant buildings in the city. Since its completion in 1888, the Rookery has been an icon in Chicago's Financial District. There are many design features that make this building so noteworthy and mentionable. In 1905, Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to redesign the two-story lobby. His goal was to find a stunning balance between Burnham and Root's ornamental ironwork and his vision of a luminous, skylit central court. Wright's end result has been described as one of his most dramatic interior compositions. Today, The Rookery is truly an exquisite mix of old prestigious elegance and state-of-the-art technology. The Rookery was added to the list of National Register of Historic Places in 1970. In 1972 it was designated a Chicago landmark. It's no wonder that The Rookery has been deemed an architectural masterpiece and maintains one of the most noteworthy addresses in downtown Chicago. You must pay for a full tour of the building and to see the ironwork staircases, but you are free to take photos in the main lobby for free.