Hold your next meeting or retreat in a National Historic Landmark designed by famed Chicago architect Louis H. Sullivan of the firm Adler & Sullivan in 1891–1892. Conveniently located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, this special house is one of the few surviving buildings that display the combined talents of Louis Sullivan and his then-draftsman Frank Lloyd Wright, who called it “the first modern house in America.” The dramatic interior of the house is dominated by an atrium that soars from the first floor hall to a skylight two floors above. The house is symmetrical in plan, with one room located on either side of the central atrium on each floor. The ornament found throughout the interior and exterior of the building reflects both Sullivan's love of sinuous plant forms intertwined with underlying geometric forms and Wright's variations of these themes. Space may be booked for the first floor of the house (approximately 1400 sq. ft.), which includes a dining room, two alcoves with desks, and a library. The dining room features a built-in buffet—perfect for setting up refreshments—and a table with 10 chairs. The library includes a table with 6 chairs. Wi-Fi is available but the connection isn’t strong when more than 2 devices are connected at a time. This unique space is ideal for smaller meetings such as brainstorming sessions, workshops, and retreats that do not require Wi-Fi accessibility. Please note: The house is accessed by a short flight of stairs and is not handicapped accessible.
Rental is available on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 am–5 pm. Space must be rented for a 3-hour minimum. Include enough time for set-up and clean-up for your event on the day of rental. No alcohol allowed. You may bring in coffee and tea, but please refrain from any beverages that may stain. We can provide water. No candles. Food may be brought in or catered but no chafing dishes or open flames. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the house or on its grounds. Due to our non-profit status, we cannot rent our space out for political-related activities, religious services or fundraising events.