Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House/Oriental Institute Museum Field Trip, Chicago

  • September 17, 2017
  • Chicago
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  • NOTE: Member ($53) with guest ($68) will cost a total of $121. TO ADD YOUR GUEST: click on the "ADD GUEST" button at the bottom of the registration form and enter the guest information, as indicated. Thank you.

Estimated Trip Duration:
East Towne Sears: 8:45 AM - 7:15 PM
Capitol Lakes: 8:25 AM - 7:35 PM
Oakwood West: 8:00 AM - 7:55 PM

Guest Registration Fee: $68

NOTE: Members must register their guests.

Registration Deadline: Sep 9

Registration Fee includes Van Galder Charter Service with Wi-Fi and Robie House Guided Interior Tour.

Lunch is on your own.

Nile Restaurant Family-Style Mediterranean Lunch Option: $20.00 Separate Check Payment: Details on Registration Online Form.

Join us Sunday, September 17 for a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and the Oriental Institute Museum in Chicago.

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth and following up on PLATO’s June trip to his Burnham block houses in Milwaukee, we will be traveling to the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago to visit the Robie House.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House , designed for businessman Frederick C. Robie between 1908 and 1910, has been a National Historic Landmark since 1963. The structure is often cited as the best example of the Prairie style.  Prairie style homes distinguish themselves through their strong exterior horizontal lines, low-pitched roofs, long bands of windows, and natural materials. 

In particular, the structures incorporate brick and wood into their design. One of the most well-known features of these homes is their use of art glass windows, which blend interior and exterior spaces through their soft filtration of light.

We will have a guided interior tour.  The tour includes: children's playroom, entry hall, living room, dining room, guest room, master bedroom, butler's pantry and kitchen and will last about 60 minutes.  Because each tour has a maximum of 20 people, we have scheduled two tours: 1:45 and 2:15.   

Accessibility -  Robie House

  • The exterior and ground floor of the Robie House are accessible to guests in wheelchairs.
  • The second floor, which includes the living room, dining room and kitchen, is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The Trust has one standard-size wheelchair available at the Robie House.
  • Walkers are permitted. All walkers will be inspected to ensure they will not damage the floors. The Trust has walkers with built-in seats available on a first-come first-served basis.


Following your Robie House tour, walk one block to the Oriental Institute Museum, part of the University of Chicago. (See Walking Map)

The Oriental Institute Museum is a world-renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The museum displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits.

The Oriental Institute was founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted with the financial support of John D. Rockefeller Jr., and was originally envisaged as a research laboratory for the investigation of the early human career that would trace humankind’s progress from the most ancient days of the Middle East. The goal of the Oriental Institute is to be the world’s leading center for the study of ancient Near Eastern civilizations by combining innovation in theory, methodology, and significant empirical discovery with the highest standards of rigorous scholarship.

The Oriental Institute Museum was opened to the public in 1931. The majority of the collections of the Oriental Institute came from its expeditions in the Middle East during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. A major reinstallation of the Museum, including the construction of a climate-controlled wing for housing collections and archives, took place in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Admission to the museum is free with a suggested donation of $10.  There will be no docent-led tour of the museum; you will be touring the museum on your own.  You can rent a self-guided audio tour for $5. 

Accessibility - Oriental Institute Museum

All of the galleries are on ground level and are wheelchair accessible.  Elevators are located in the lobby with access to all floors. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Breasted Hall is equipped with a designated wheelchair area in the front row.  Visitors may use strollers throughout the Museum. An accessibility ramp into the Museum is located on the west side of building on University Avenue.



If you finish your tour of the museum early, feel free to walk around the campus of the University of Chicago.  You can view a map of the campus including list of Self-Guided Tours.

We will be leaving for Madison at 4:30.


Registration Limit: 28

Registration Deadline: September 9

Please Note: The Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House/Oriental Institute Museum Field Trip bus is shared with Plato members and guests participating on the Five Guys Named Moe Theater Trip. Each trip is allotted 28 seats. (If demand warrants, we may add a second bus.)

You will have two options for lunch.  The bus will make two stops.  
If you get off at the 53rd street restaurant cluster, you will be paying for your own lunch.  

Our first stop will be on 53rd street where you will have your choice of many restaurants within a three block radius  See Restaurant Map  You will have 1 1/2 hours for lunch.

- Valois Restaurant - 1518 E 53rd St - A counter-service smorgasbord of American comfort food served in a casual, muraled space. Cash only.

- Pizza Capri - 1501 East 53rd Street  - Thin-crust pies & Italian sandwiches, wraps, pastas & salads in a casual setting.

- Rajun Cajun - 1459 E. 53rd St  - Small neighborhood spot serving Indian fare & Cajun/soul food in a no-frills setting.  

- Native Foods Café - 1518 East Harper Court  - Chain for creative, Californian-style vegan fare, including mock-meat dishes, ordered at a counter.  

- Ja’ Grill Hyde Park – 1510 East Harper Court  -  Curries, jerks & other Jamaican specialties in an upscale-casual space.

- Cholie’s Pizza 1601 E 53rd St  - Straightforward pizzas & other casual eats served out of a snug bare-bones space.

- Mellow Yellow Restaurant  –  1508 East 53rd St. - Casual spot featuring American fare, crêpes & a full bar in nostalgic '70s wood & brick digs. 

- Chant  -  1509 E 53rd St  - Trendy eatery featuring creative, Asian-inspired global cuisine & a full bar.

- Five Guys - 1456 E 53rd St    

- Nandos  -  1447 E 53rd St  - Afro-Portuguese chain restaurant serving flame-grilled chicken in spicy chili sauce. 

- Giordanos  - 5311 S Blackstone Ave  - Known for deep-dish pizza, this casual chain serves other classic Italian food, plus beer & wine.

- Boston Market  - 1424 E 53rd St  - Counter-serve chain dishing up American comfort fare such as rotisserie chicken in a simple setting.

- McDonalds - 5200 S Lake Park Ave W

Roti Modern Mediterranean1526 E. 53rd Street - Quick bite, healthy options, hip.

If you choose the family-style lunch at the Nile Restaurant, when you register online, you will:
  • Select the entree (See below)
  • Prepay separately ($20) by check payable to PLATO
  • Mail to 
    • PLATO
    • Robie House Trip Registration
    • 21 N. Park St., 7th Floor
    • Madison, WI 53715

With Family Style Dining, all three entrees will served in separate bowls that will be brought to the table by the waitstaff. You will be able to sample all three entrees if you like.

Kitka Kabob: A blend of lean ground lamb and beef, parsley and onions, charbroiled, served with sautéed vegetables. 

Shish Taouk: Chunks of juicy marinated chicken, charbroiled, served with sautéed vegetables. 

Maklouba: Sautéed eggplant, cauliflower, carrots, chick peas, rice, topped with pine nuts and served with homemade yogurt.

Sides: Salad or sautéed vegetables, potatoes or yellow rice

Appetizers: Baba Ghannooj w/pita and Hummos w/pita


Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure.

– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

Madison Schedule

8:00 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

8:25 AM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

8:40 AM     Arrives at East Towne Sears

8:45 AM    Departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

Chicago Schedule

11:45 PM   Arrive 53rd Street Restaurant Cluster for lunch on your own

12:00 PM   Arrive Nile Restaurant for family-style Mediterranean lunch option

1:15 PM  Pick up at 53rd Restaurant Cluster for drop off at Smart Art Museum

1:25 PM    Pick up at Nile Restaurant

1:35 PM    Arrive at Robie House

4:30 PM    Oriental Institute Museum pick up

4:45 PM    Court Theatre pick up for return to Madison

Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

7:15 PM         East Towne Sears

7:35 PM         Capitol Lakes

7:55 PM        Oakwood University Woods

Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. 

Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

(Members may bring more than one guest. Check with trip organizer near the registration deadline date if seats are available.) 

                                                                                                                                    Accessibility Accessibility Policy. On the Van Galder Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House/Oriental Institute Museum Field Trip Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

PLATO Members Form

For further information, contact Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House/Oriental Institute Museum field trip organizer, Bob Shaw, and 608-255-3486.







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