One of the most inspiring architects of our time was Frank Lloyd Wright. He was able to incorporate nature and living spaces in a harmonious way that let people embrace the elements in the comfort of their own home. A native to the Chicago area, Frank Lloyd Wright has become an icon of the Windy City, and there are more of his designs here than any other place in the world. We wanted to take a look at some of our favorite spaces that he created and give you some tips on how you can get the full Frank Lloyd Wright experience.
Home & Studio
At Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio you’ll get to see how it all began. He used this space as an experimental playground for his designs, making it a one-of-a-kind location. This is where he came up with his signature “Prairie Style.” In this home you see how he added character with impressive design elements, like an open arched living room, a textured combination of brick and wood carvings, and quirky uses of space.
The Emil Bach House is one of Wright’s more commanding designs and is also known as the “Fireproof House.” The Bach house displays geometric and modern elements that provide intrigue to each room. His heavy use of brick and concrete on the exterior display a sense of fortitude, while wood is incorporated into the interior spaces to provide a more inviting ambiance. This is an excellent example of Wright’s transitional period between his Prairie style phase and more modern influences of Japan and expressionism.
To see one of Wright’s most striking commercial designs, head over to The Rookery in Chicago’s financial district. Here elegant staircases are gateways into a central light court where a glass ceiling embellished by ironwork illuminates the building. One could easily spend hours looking at the embellishments that Wright put into every part of this building, from column details to intricate banisters to modern light fixtures.
Get the full Frank Lloyd Wright experience in Chicago with an architectural tour of all of his greatest hits. Then kick back and relax in a setting that Wright would approve. Discover the park-like landscapes of Eaglewood Resort & Spa where you can book a spacious guest room and enjoy unique indoor and outdoor dining options.
Brewing your own beer at home has transformed over the years. Starting as an experimental passion for hop connoisseurs, it then took on a cult following among the hipster crowd, and now it seems like people everywhere are trying their hand at making their own craft concoction. This love for all things beer has made a deep impression in the Western Chicago suburbs and the neighborhood is beginning to celebrate the fruits of its labor during its annual Beer Week, May 18-25th.
Come One, Come All
This year marks the launch of the First Annual Backyard Brewfest, an event celebrating the suburban beers that have been brewed right in Chicago’s “backyard.” Fifteen breweries will showcase during the event, and all proceeds will be donated to a local non-profit organization, Little Friends, to help support the community. That means you can get your beer on and feel good knowing you’ve contributed to a good cause. Enjoy the best brew in Chicago on Saturday, May 19th from 12-4pm.
Stretch and Sip
Having a beer is relaxing. Doing yoga is relaxing. Having a beer while doing yoga? Ultimate relaxation. Whoever came up with the new trend of beer yoga had the right idea. Not only are you stretching muscles that aren’t used every day, but doing so while holding a beer adds an extra challenge many don’t expect. Did we mention you can do this under the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum?
Beer Week Dinner
If you thought beer tasting dinners were all about greasy bar food, think again. This year’s Craft Beer Dinner is a 5-course meal with all the frills of a fancy dinner and none of the pretension. Scallop ceviche, saffron-blood orange gastrique, kiwi foam, prosciutto, and chive paired with Center Line Golden Ale? Yes, please. We suggest reserving a table fast, as this event will sell out quickly.
Stay Where the Taps Are
At the Eaglewood Resort & Spa, you’ll have all of Chicago’s favorite craft beers available at your fingertips. Their on-site restaurant, Prairie River, is newly renovated with a rustic stone fire pit and patio area that will keep you warm under the stars while you sip on the latest local beer on tap. Plus, each beer on the menu is hand selected by their Executive Chef and Assistant Food & Beverage Director, John Billings, you know you’re getting the best of the best.
With a bustling street life, abundance of cultural attractions, and the ability to find something open at any time of night, Chicago is the epitome of a city. And while many head straight for the famous bean or Wrigley’s Field, it’s when you look beyond the typical that you discover the true places that make Chicago great.
Live Like a Local
Get pulled into some comedy at the Laugh Out Loud comedy club, where their Friday night improv shows incorporate ideas from the audience. For a presidential experience, step into IKRAM, a boutique founded by Michelle Obama’s personal stylist. Here you can peruse high-end designer labels while sipping on a freshly squeezed juice from their farm-to-table cafe.
If you have an adventurous spirit, you can’t come to Chicago without visiting The Ledge. This glass box extends out from Willis Tower to make you feel like you’re floating above the city at 1,353ft up. That’s 103 floors for reference. If speed is more your style, hop into one of K1 Speed’s state-of-the-art European electric go-karts that make the go-karts of your youth feel like lawnmowers.
The Lurie Garden is the perfect place to take a Sunday stroll and is divided into two parts: the Dark Plate is filled with shadow-making trees, and the Light Plate is filled with colorful flowers. If you’ve ever had the inkling to stare directly at the sun, then head over to America’s oldest planetarium and take a peek the safe way. They even offer Sun Salutations Yoga, where you can practice Vinyasa Flow poses while learning about the universe!
If you thought champagne was fancy, RM Champagne Salon takes it to the next level. Their selection of artisanal champagne and rare cheese pairings can be done by candlelight or outside on their chic patio. Move over wine and beer flights, at Hoosier Mama Pie Company you can taste pie flights. Come in on Fridays to select among 5-6 pie flavors to try in your flight. Don’t mind if we do!
Close to Chicago But a World Away
From the moment you arrive at the Eaglewood Resort you get a sense of tranquility and relaxation that’s a welcome break after exploring Chicago’s energetic downtown. This is a place to unwind. Book a soothing lavender wrap and recharge your chakras with a reiki treatment at their spa, or play a round of golf on their championship course. Either way, you’ll be right within reach of the city giving you plenty of options during your stay.
A Day-Cation in the Suburbs: Autumn in the Midwest is Here
From crunchy leaves on the sidewalk to pumpkin spice lattes, fall is definitely in the air! With the arrival of one of the most celebrated seasons in the Midwest, now is the most colorful time to plan your Chicago area fall getaway.
Check out these must-see attractions during your stay to make the most out of the season.
Trends come and go, but we think “farm to table” is here to stay. With summertime produce at its peak, now’s the time for you to hop on board! Check out our top five reasons to shop at a farmer’s market today.
Bring Your Four-Legged Friends on Your Next Trip
Dogs really are man’s best friend, so it’s no surprise that pet-friendly accommodations have become a ‘must’ on a traveler’s check list.
All across the country, dog owners are looking for resorts and activities that provide fun for both themselves and their canine counterparts. In fact, nearly 24 million Americans traveled with their dogs the past three years, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
And it’s not just about hotels allowing pets – it’s about an entire experience. Dog owners especially look for places that have a welcoming environment, including walking trails, parks, special dining menus, and even spa treatments tailored for their four-legged friends. Websites such as Bring Fido and Dog Friendly have made finding the right spot for you even easier with a full array of travel listings including any additional pet fees and specific pet laws for your destination.
Get in Touch with Nature this Spring
When you think of the Midwest, hiking isn’t typically the first thing that comes to mind. But just beyond the busy cityscape of Chicago, you’ll find countless trails nestled in beautiful trees, fishing lakes and quiet wildlife. With flowers in full bloom, now is the perfect time to lace up the sneakers for some outdoor recreation.
There’s nothing more American than apple pie, right? Well, we may have a not-so-new contender: bourbon.
That’s right. Bourbon. America’s official native spirit as of 1964, heart of the delicious Old Fashioned and Mint Julep cocktails, and the highest exported alcohol of the USA (2/3 of all exported spirits, to be exact).
With Eaglewood Resort & Spa recently partnering with local FEW Spirits on our very own bourbon, we thought it’d only be fitting to learn a little more about America’s pride and joy. Check out what we’ve learned!
Rosy Cheeks and Glowing Skin – The Perfect Autumn Combination
Fall is officially here! Time to trade in the pool noodles for scarves and put away the swimsuits. But even though you may be showing less of your skin, it’s still crucial to take care of it. Find out how to get ready for the season with these five tips for fall skin care.
In the blink of an eye, summer has come and (almost) gone. Kids are getting ready to go back to school, evenings sway in with a cool breeze and the sun is starting to fade just a little earlier. Now is the time to get your last summer getaways in Chicago before we say hello to autumn!
Whether you have a thirst for adventure, a hunger for all things food or a love of nature, the Chicago Suburbs are the perfect place to close out the season.