Meet us where wheels and architecture become one
Bring your own bike or borrow one from your tour guides at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust who will lead you on a ride through many of Oak Park’s architectural wonders.
The Pedal Oak Park tour begins at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. This is where Frank Lloyd Wright-designed so many of the homes and structures that we know today. It’s where Prairie School-style architecture was born!
After your Home and Studio tour, you’ll pedal down a tree-lined street in a neighborhood where nearly 30 buildings were designed by Wright.
Then it’s time to explore the Frank Thomas House. Wright compared his design of this home to a blossoming flower opening to the sky. The entrance of the house is through a network of elaborate passageways. A walled walkway leads to a dramatic archway.
Now it’s back on the bike to pedal to the Heurtley House. Designed for Arthur Heurtley and his wife Grace, the Heurtley House is one of the earliest examples of the Prairie style.
A wall of art windows is tucked beneath the overhang of the hipped roof, running like a ribbon of glass. The home was built in 1902 for the Heurtleys but was occupied between 1920 and 1946 by Frank Lloyd Wright’s sister, Jane Porter, and her husband Andrew.
Now it’s time to pedal to the Cheney House. This 12,000-square-foot mansion sitting on 2.2 landscaped acres was designed by Wright’s apprentice Charles E. White.
Next up is the Furbeck House, which was a wedding gift to Rollin Furbeck from his father. The open porch and diamond-paned windows make for a grand gift, indeed!
The guided bicycle tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays from May through October rain or shine. The tours are two hours in length beginning at 9:30am at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.
The tour is $45 or $40 for Trust members.
Your guides at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust are passionate about Wright’s designs and in educating and inspiring the public about the famous architect.
The Pedal Oak Park experience begins at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, which is located at 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park. It’s a 15-minute walk from the Oak Park stop on the “L” Green Line or from the Metra Union Pacific West Line. It’s a 20-minute drive from downtown Chicago.
Bring your own bike or borrow one from your tour guides.