Tours for Accompanying Persons

For people accompanying participants at the 2017 ISIE-ISSST Conference, we are suggesting several trips highlighting Chicago’s culture and history. Please gather in the lobby of the Forum at 10 am every morning, and you will be able to visit the suggested attractions in a group in shared taxis.

Monday, June 26, 10am

Oak Park, Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes

Duration: 3-4 hours


Oak Park is home to the world’s largest collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright between 1889 and 1913. It was in this village that Wright developed and perfected his signature Prairie Style architecture, highlighting the use of interior light and open spaces with low, horizontal emphasis on the exterior. His designs changed the course of 20th century architecture. Explore up to 25 picturesque and historic Wright-designed structures, including the architect’s Home and Studio. Wright’s Home and Studio offers tours that provide insights into Wright's family life and architectural career.


You can start your visit at either the Frank Lloyd Home and Studio or the Oak Park Visitors Center.


Frank Lloyd Home and Studio

Address: 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: 312.994.4000
Tour Hours: 10 am - 4 pm daily, every 20 minutes
Tour Length: 60 minutes
Admission: $17 adults, $14 students, seniors (65+), and military. Free tickets for children 3 and under.
Optional Photo Pass: $5 for interior photograph


Oak Park Visitors Center

1010 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 
(888) OAK-PARK 
Open Daily: 10am - 5pm

The Visitors Center offers a free brochure with information on attractions in the area. They also have a detailed map with information about the Frank Lloyd homes. The FLW Home and Studio also sell maps, fan guides and audio guides. Follow a map to see a rich selection of residences in the area that were designed in the Studio.

For a map of the walking tour area and descriptions of the buildings, click here.
For descriptions of Frank Lloyd buildings in Oak Park, please click here.


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Arthur Heurtley House, 1902 Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio


Tuesday, June 27, 10am


Field Museum

Duration: 3-4 hours

Hours: 9am-5pm
Admission: $26-$38, check here.


The Field Museum of Natural History is one of the largest natural history museum in the world. Its extensive scientific specimens and artifact collections include the full range of existing biodiversity, gems, meteorites, fossils, as well as rich anthropological collections and cultural artifacts from around the world. The diverse, interactive permanent and high quality exhibits attract about 2 million visitors annually. The Museum’s most famous exhibit is Sue, the most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex fossil. Sue’s fossil is 67 million years old.

For a description of current exhibits and maps, click here.
Field Museum Sue, the largest T-Rex fossil


Wednesday, June 28, 10am


Art Institute of Chicago

Duration: 3-4 hours

Hours: 10:30 am – 5 pm (8pm on Thursday)
Admission: $19-$35, check here.


Founded in 1893, the Art Institute is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the US. Its impressive collection of 300,000 art works spans more than 5000 years of human expression from cultures around the world. The collection includes such iconic works such as Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” Pablo Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist,” Edward Hopper’s “Night Hawks” and Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.” The most recent expansion of the museum, the Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano, has increased the museum’s footprint to nearly one million square feet, making it the second largest art museum in the United States (after the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York). The museum hosts 1.5 million visitors annually.

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Art Institute of Chicago Entrance Modern Wing


Thursday, June 29, 10am


Lincoln Park Zoo and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Duration: 3-4 hours


Lincoln Park is a large park that lies along the lakefront from Ohio Street Beach in the Streeterville neighborhood, northward to Ardmore Avenue in Edgewater. The section of the park adjacent to the Lincoln Park neighborhood contains the Lincoln Park ZooLincoln Park Conservatory, an outdoor theatre, a rowing canal, the Chicago History Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, North Avenue Beach, playing fields, a very prominent statue of General Ulysses S. Grant, as well as a famous statue of Abraham Lincoln and many other statues. The American Planning Association singled out Lincoln Park as one of the Great Public Spaces in America.


Lincoln Park Zoo
Hours: 10am-5pm (weekdays), 10am-6:30pm (weekends)
Admission: Free

The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos (1868) in the US, over 35 acres. It is home to a wide variety of animals, including big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys and other species totaling about 1,100 animals from some 200 species. Some of the animal houses were built in the early 20th century and have historic landmark status.


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Hours: 9am-5pm (weekdays); 10am-5pm (weekend)
Admission: $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors (60+), $6 for children ages 3-12, free for children under 3

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum connects visitors to nature and science through immersive exhibits, family events, and in-depth education programs. The museum’s artifacts and specimens are a definitive collection of the region's natural history. It is known for its iconic Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and providing a hands-on science experience to its visitors. Ongoing research, restoration and conservation initiatives directly benefit local ecology.


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Lincoln Park Zoo Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum