Prairie-Style Gems of Chicago’s Westside:
Jensen and Wright
Join us for a day of prairie-style landscapes and architecture in Chicago. Begin the day with a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s jewel—Unity Temple. This building, constructed in 1908, has been closed to the public for the last two years, undergoing a 23-million-dollar restoration. It is still considered by many as the first modern building in a truly American style. Learn about its unique, egalitarian seating arrangement, and the influence of Wright’s trip to Japan on its design.
After your tour, enjoy a relaxed lunch at a newer gem—Inspiration Kitchens, a LEED Gold restaurant, run by a nonprofit seeking to combat homelessness through service industry job training. During dessert and coffee sit back and appreciate an engaging illustrated lecture by Julia Bachrach, the former Chicago Park District Historian and author of The City in A Garden: A History Of Chicago’s Parks and Inspired By Nature: The Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago’s West Side. She will speak on Jens Jensen and the history of Chicago’s westside parks. Learn that Jens Jensen, the father of prairie landscape architecture, worked with many of Chicago’s most famous architects, including Wright. Jensen is known for his use of organic pathways, native plants and naturalistic settings. Julia will share details about Jensen, Wright and the uniqueness of prairie architecture and landscape design.
After lunch, end your day with a leisurely visit to the Garfield Park Conservatory. Spend time exploring the 4.5-acre conservatory, including a tropical house, arid garden, lush fern room and Chihuly installation. Make sure you don’t miss the spectacular spring bulb show in the seasonal display garden.
Trip includes transportation, admission, lunch, a boxed dinner on the bus, lecture, and all gratuities. For more information, call 616-975-3184 or 616-975-3147.
Member Cost: $165
Non-Member Cost: $185