175 Days to Love Chicago: Wright’s Roots

Design by Frank Lloyd Wright

An exhibition curated by Chicago’s Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson gives new insight into the early period of architect Frank Lloyd-Wright’s Career. Opening June 22, Wright’s Roots is our latest 175 Days to Love Chicago pick! 

Every icon has their start somewhere. Frank Lloyd Wright’s reputation as a brilliant architect and outsized personality came from complex roots – many going back to his early years in Chicago.

Since his death in 1959, the story of Frank Lloyd Wright’s life and career has become legendary – and sometimes drifted into myth. Many of today’s perspectives came from Wright’s own accounts of a professional career that spanned three quarters of a century. His path to becoming a colorful public figure synonymous with modern architecture was filled with many little-known detours and diversions, but all contributed to his lasting fame and reputation.

Using seldom-seen illustrations and original artifacts to tell the story of his complex personal journey during the often-overlooked early period of his life and career, Wright’s Roots explores Wright’s formative years. The exhibition is curated by Tim Samuelson, Chicago’s Cultural Historian.

See Wright’s Roots June 22 through September 30 at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St.) Exhibition hours are Mondays through Thursdays 8am – 7pm, Fridays 8am-6pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm and Sundays 10am-6pm. Closed holidays. Free admission. For more information, view our full event listing.

175 Days to Love Chicago celebrates Chicago’s 175th birthday with an exciting 175-day series of programs, promotions and fun history. Launching on the 175th anniversary of the city’s incorporation on March 4 and continuing through August 26, 2012, this cultural calendar offers visitors and residents exciting opportunities to explore Chicago every day. From special events to special packages at local hotels, the campaign showcases the breadth and vibrancy of Chicago’s cultural landscape. For more information, visit http://www.explorechicago.org/175days.

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