2022 Annual Conference: Attend In Person

photo by James Caulfield

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The Progressive City is the Conservancy’s third Chicago conference, the first there in fifteen years. Chicago around 1900 was a laboratory of progressive reforms addressing widespread social inequality, public health crises, and lack of access to education, nature and affordable housing. Morning education sessions will focus on the efforts of Wright, his peers and collaborators to improve the city through innovations in architecture, urban planning, parks, public health, education, social services, and housing. We will revisit must-see favorites from our past tours including Unity Temple and the Frederick C. Robie House (both a part of The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright World Heritage inscription and restored since our last visit), as well as the Bradley House, The Rookery, Wright’s Oak Park Home & Studio, Emil Bach House, and more. We will also have the opportunity to visit homes never before toured during in-person Conservancy events: the Jessie and William Adams House, Foster House, Baker House, Kathryn and Lloyd Lewis House, and others. Evening events will provide fellowship, support the Conservancy’s mission, and celebrate the recipients of the 2022 Wright Spirit Awards. The Conservancy’s Annual Meeting will take place on the morning of Thursday, October 20. We hope you will join us in Chicago – or online!

2022 Conference Co-Chairs
Kelly Jones, FLWBC Board
Carmen Korleski, TAWANI Hospitality/Emil Bach House
Heidi Ruehle, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

In-Person Experience at a Glance

This is an outline of the current conference schedule for in-person attendees. All times CDT. This schedule is under active development and all details, including event times, are subject to change. Events take place at the Palmer House Hilton except as noted otherwise.

Monday, October 17

Silent auction bidding opens online

Wednesday, October 19

9 a.m. Pre-Conference Tour: Bradley House, Jessie and William Adams House & Foster House
6 p.m. Opening Reception: The Rookery
7:30 p.m. Leadership Circle Dinner: Glessner House

Thursday, October 20

8:30 a.m. Conservancy Annual Meeting
9 a.m. Education Sessions
10:15 a.m. Conference Tours: Wright Home & Studio, Unity Temple & more to be announced
6 p.m. Benefit Dinner: Unity Temple

Friday, October 21

9 a.m. Education Sessions
11:15 a.m. Conference Tours: Emil Bach House, Baker House, Dorothy and William Ross House & more to be announced
6:30 p.m. Homeowners & Public Sites Dinner

Saturday, October 22

9 a.m. Education Sessions
12 p.m. Conference Tours: Robie House, Heller House & more to be announced
6 p.m. Silent Auction Reception
7 p.m. Gala and Wright Spirit Awards
10 p.m. Silent auction bidding closes online

Sunday, October 23

9 a.m. Post-Conference Tour: Kathryn and Lloyd Lewis House, Willits House & more to be announced

Unity Temple exterior (photo by James Caulfield)

Unity Temple photo by James Caulfield

Current In-Person Conference Agenda

The schedule of in-person conference events, with confirmed highlights, is below. All times given are Central Daylight Time (CDT). The schedule remains under active development and will be updated as additional details are confirmed. All programs, tours and times are subject to change. Registrants will receive a final schedule prior to the conference.

Wednesday, October 19

9 a.m. CDT
Pre-Conference Tour
Begin your conference experience by traveling to Kankakee, Illinois, where we will tour the Bradley House (Wright, 1900) and its extensive grounds as well as a nearby shingle style house, the Volkmann House (1883). We will return to Chicago to tour the Jessie and William Adams House (Wright, 1900) and Foster House (Wright, 1900). Tickets $225. Lunch and transportation included.

6 p.m. CDT
Opening Reception
The Rookery
Kick off the conference with a reception at this landmark 1888 building by Burnham & Root, in the atrium transformed by Wright in 1905. Included with general registration. The Rookery is located in walking distance from the Palmer House Hilton, but bus transportation will be available as well.

7:30 p.m. CDT
Leadership Circle Dinner
Glessner House
Members of the Leadership, Clerestory and Visionary Circles are invited to an exclusive dinner at the Glessner House. Completed in 1887, the Glessner House is one of Henry Hobson Richardson’s last works, and considered to be among his masterpieces. Its fortress-like exterior shocked the sensibilities of its wealthy Prairie Avenue neighbors, but thanks in part to its innovative floor plan it has earned enduring recognition as a National Historic Landmark. We’ll enjoy a meal with bar, a brief talk from curator Bill Tyre, and tours of the house. Tickets $85. Transportation from opening reception and back to hotel provided. General conference registration is not required to attend this event.

Pre-Conference Tour sites: Bradley House photo by Andrew Pielage; Foster House photo by Eric Allix Rogers; Jessie and William Adams House

Opening Reception at The Rookery; Leadership Circle Dinner at Glessner House photos by Eric Allix Rogers

Thursday, October 20

8:30 a.m. CDT
Annual Meeting
Palmer House Hilton
The Executive Director and Board President will provide an overview of the Conservancy’s work over the last year. The 2022 Thorpe Fellows will be introduced. A vote will be taken on the proposed slate of new Board members.

9 a.m. CDT
Education Sessions
Palmer House Hilton
Education session schedule to be announced. See list of confirmed speakers below.

10:15 a.m. CDT
Conference Tours
After morning sessions, we’ll enjoy a bus tour of significant sites connected to Wright and this year’s conference theme on Chicago’s West Side and in Oak Park, along with special tours of Wright’s Home and Studio (Wright, begun 1889) and Unity Temple (Wright, 1905). Additional tour sites are pending confirmation. Transportation and lunch included.

6 p.m. CDT
Benefit Dinner

Unity Temple
After touring Unity Temple, stay for a reception and grazing meal to support the mission of the Conservancy. Hosted in partnership with the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation. As music fills the space, enjoy extra time to appreciate the amazing restoration of this building, which is included in The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright World Heritage inscription. Tickets $175. Includes drinks, meal, and transportation back to hotel. General conference registration is not required to attend this event.

Unity Temple exterior (photo by James Caulfield)

Top: Unity Temple photo by James Caulfield; Bottom: Unity Temple interior and Wright Home and Studio photos by Eric Allix Rogers

Friday, October 21

9 a.m. CDT
Education Sessions
Palmer House Hilton
Education session schedule to be announced. See list of confirmed speakers below.

11:15 a.m. CDT
Conference Tours
After morning sessions, we will venture north to enjoy visits to the Emil Bach House (Wright, 1915), Baker House (Wright, 1909), Dorothy and William Ross House (Wright, 1915), the new location of Booth Cottage (Wright, 1911; exterior only) and other tour sites to be announced. Transportation and lunch included.

6:30 p.m. CDT
Homeowners & Public Sites Dinner
Join us for an evening with fellow Wright homeowners and public site staff from across the country—the only gathering of its kind. Supported by Chuck and Kit Henderson, owners of the Mrs. Clinton Walker House. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. CDT, with dinner to follow. There will be a program of short talks by homeowners and public site directors entitled “Now and Then: Stewardship Short Stories”. Tickets $85. General conference registration is not required to attend this event.

Clockwise from top left: Emil Bach House photo by Andrew Pielage, Baker House and Booth Cottage photos by Eric Allix Rogers

Saturday, October 22

9 a.m. CDT
Education Sessions
Palmer House Hilton
Education session schedule to be announced. See list of confirmed speakers below.

Noon CDT
Conference Tours
After morning sessions, we will visit Chicago’s historic South Side. We will tour the Frederick C. Robie House (Wright, 1909), which is included in The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright World Heritage inscription and underwent an interior restoration completed in 2019. We will also tour the Heller House (Wright, 1896) with its notable third-floor frieze sculpted by Richard Bock. Additional tour sites will be announced. Transportation and lunch included.

6 p.m. CDT
Silent Auction Reception
Palmer House Hilton
Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while you browse select silent auction items in the elegant Honore Ballroom and online. Included with general registration.

7 p.m. CDT
Gala & Wright Spirit Awards
Palmer House Hilton
Celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the 2022 Wright Spirit Awards honorees at an elegant gala dinner in the opulent Empire Room at the Palmer House, underwritten by Ron and Jan Scherubel. We’ll share highlights from the Conservancy’s silent auction and raffle. Included with general registration. Additional tickets $175. Click here to purchase standalone gala tickets.

10 p.m. CDT
Bidding closes in online silent auction

Left: Robie House, Right: Heller House photos by Eric Allix Rogers

Sunday, October 23

9 a.m. CDT
Post-Conference Tour
Round out your conference experience with tours of two noteworthy houses from Wright’s Prairie and Usonian periods, the Willits House (Wright, 1902) and the Kathryn and Lloyd Lewis House (Wright, 1939), as well as another to be announced. Tickets $225. Lunch and transportation to and from the hotel is included. A bus will be able to stop at O’Hare International Airport no later than 4 p.m.

Top and bottom left: Kathryn and Lloyd Lewis House photos by Eric Allix Rogers; bottom right: Willits House photo (c) Mark Hertzberg

Education Session Speakers

Education sessions will take place at the Palmer House Hilton on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings beginning at 9 a.m. Detailed schedules will be announced soon, but the following presentations are confirmed:

  • Frederick and Grace Bagley: Progressive and Influential Early Clients
    Julia Bachrach & Jean Follett, Independent Historic Preservation Consultants
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Francisco Terrace as Model for Urban Living
    Gregory Brewer, Independent Researcher
  • Casting Their Lots with the Wage-Earners: The Development of Social Science at Hull- House in the 1890s
    Kit Ginzky, PhD Student, Department of History and Crown Family School of Social Work, University of Chicago
  • Mapping Chicago: social science, social change, and the progressive city
    Jennifer Gray, Director of the Taliesin Institute, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
  • The Architecture of Progressive Education: Building Transformative Social Change
    Kris Hartzell, Director of Facilities, Visitor Services, and Collections, Evanston History Center
  • A progressive interpretation of a progressive building: the Abraham Lincoln Center
    Ayad Rahmani, Professor of Architecture, Washington State University
  • TO WAKE LEVIATHAN – On Public Health and Chicago’s Park Systems 1840-1940
    Matthew Skjonsberg, Associate Director, Future Cities Laboratory, ETHZ-FCL Global
  • Preservation Session
    Paul Harding, architect and owner, Davenport House
    Tom Bassett-Dilley, architect, Balch House
    Carol Yetken, landscape architect, numerous Wright properties

Register to Attend In Person

In-Person General Registration

Includes opening reception; education sessions; afternoon tours and lunches Thursday-Saturday; silent auction reception and gala dinner on Saturday; and ability to stream conference videos online for three months. Capacity is limited and events may sell out. Register early to secure your spot. In-person attendees must read and agree to our COVID-19 general disclaimer and safety policies, as well as our other participation policies, which you can find below. Online registration and payment via credit card is preferred. If you require assistance registering or have any questions, please email or call 312.663.5500.

AIA credit will be sought for multiple conference programs. We anticipate that in-person attendees will be able to receive credit for attending education sessions and tours, including pre- and post-conference. Additional details and instructions will be made available once credit has been approved.

Conservancy Members: $795 per person
Friend members receive member price for one; all other members receive member price for two.

Non-Members: $895 per person
Includes a Friend membership.


In-Person Add-Ons

Capacity for all add-on events is limited.

Pre-Conference Tour: $225 per person
Requires general conference registration.

Leadership Circle Dinner: $85 per person
Open to members of the Leadership, Clerestory and Visionary Circles only. General conference registration not required.

Benefit Dinner: $175 per person
General conference registration not required.

Homeowners & Public Sites Dinner: $85 per person
Open to Wright homeowners and public site staff. General conference registration not required.

Additional tickets to Gala: $175 per person
Tickets are included in general in-person registration; this is the price to purchase additional tickets for those not otherwise attending the conference. Click here to purchase standalone gala tickets. If interested in purchasing a block of 10 or more gala tickets, please email

Post-Conference Tour: $225 per person
Requires general conference registration.


Member Registration

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Public Registration

John G. Thorpe Young Professionals and Students Fellowship

To save Wright, we must encourage the next generation of advocates. In memory of architect and preservationist John Thorpe, the Conservancy selects a small number of graduate students and young professionals in architecture and historic preservation to attend the conference at no cost. Any tax-deductible donation that you add to your conference registration will support the Thorpe Fellowship.

Applications for the Thorpe Fellowship will be accepted online through 9 a.m. CDT on Friday, August 26. Learn more and encourage deserving candidates to apply. Notification will be made to applicants by Friday, September 9.

Thorpe Fellowships

Learn more & apply

Conference Hotel

Conference attendees stay at the Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe St.) at the special group rate of $239 per night (plus tax). All education sessions, tour departures, the Homeowners & Public Sites Dinner and the Gala will take place at the Palmer House.

To receive the group rate, bookings must be made via the exclusive link included in your registration confirmation email. Please book your rooms early to ensure availability. If you are interested in checking in before October 17 or extending your stay beyond October 23, please contact the office at and we will inquire with the hotel about availability.

Palmer House Hilton photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Silent Auction

The Conservancy’s most popular annual fundraiser will take place online in conjunction with the conference. Bidding will open on Monday, October 17 and close on Saturday, October 22 after the gala. The auction offers rare Wright memorabilia, artwork, collectibles, experiences at Wright sites, books, and more. All proceeds support our mission of preserving Wright’s remaining structures. The silent auction is open to everyone; registration for the conference is not required.

Learn more about the silent auction

Conference Sponsors

The Conservancy is grateful for the support of our conference sponsors. Interested in becoming a conference sponsor? Learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits.

Presenting Partner

TAWANI Hospitality

Major Partners

Kelly Jones
Ron and Jan Scherubel

Conference Partners

Chuck and Kit Henderson
Lukas Ruecker and Safina Uberoi
Blossoms and Turkel House

Blossoms & Turkel House

SC Johnson




Berglund Construction
CYLA Design Associates, Inc. Landscape Architecture & Planning
Eifler & Associates Architects
Tim Gibson representing Rotary District #6540
WJE Engineers, Architects & Materials Specialists


Architectural Resources Group
Harding Partners, Architects
George Meyer
Janet Parks
Mary and Tom Roberts
Sassetti, Accountants

Special Thanks

J. Charles
Doug McGoldrick Photography
The Rookery

COVID Safety Protocol, Waiver & Participation Agreement

COVID-19 General Disclaimer & Safety Policies

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC) is committed to the health and safety of event participants, staff and others with whom we will come in contact. This event will follow current legal mandates, guidance and safety protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and relevant state and local authorities. We reserve the right to determine and enforce additional reasonable health and safety requirements at our discretion, and we will abide by the requirements of all private and public venues visited during the event.

In order to attend in person, individuals must be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, AND must test negative for COVID-19 within 24 hours prior to check-in. Rapid self-test results may be photographed alongside a photo ID, provided the timestamp of the photo can be shown. Individuals seeking an exemption from this requirement must contact the Conservancy prior to registering for the event to explain their need for an accommodation. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or who have significant concerns about their risk of exposure to COVID-19, are strongly urged to consider attending this event virtually rather than in person.

The conditions for holding a safe event are constantly changing. We may need to alter the itinerary at any time based on new information, public health guidance or requirements, or the ability of specific venues to participate.

By registering for and participating in this event, you agree to the following:

  • You acknowledge that your participation in this event is entirely voluntary, and that you are aware of the possibly significant risks, both apparent and hidden, that may present themselves at public gatherings.
  • You acknowledge the ongoing and evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and voluntarily assume any and all risk you incur by attending this event.
  • You agree to follow rules set forth by the FLWBC, bus operators, private homes, hotels and public venues, and to abide by instructions at all times regarding COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • You understand that protocols and guidance are constantly evolving and the Conservancy may elect to enforce physical distancing and the wearing of non-vented face coverings that cover both mouth and nose (when not eating or drinking) at any time during the event. The exact degree of precautionary measures needed may not be known far in advance, but all participants will be expected to comply.
  • You understand that for certain events, such as visits to private homes, properly wearing a non-vented mask will be mandatory.
  • Refusal to comply with clearly-communicated health and safety instructions will result in your removal from the event, with no refund, and may affect your eligibility to participate in future FLWBC events.
  • You are not to attend the event, and understand that the FLWBC may not be able to refund your registration, if, within 10 days of the start of the event, you have tested positive for COVID-19; have shown any COVID-19 symptoms and not received a subsequent negative test result; or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for, or shown symptoms of, COVID-19.
  • Upon check-in, you will need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination AND a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered no more than 24 hours prior to the start of the event. Documents will be reviewed but not retained by the Conservancy. Original documents are not required; paper or digital copies are preferred, provided that they are clearly legible and include the registrant’s name. Rapid self-test results may be photographed alongside a photo ID, provided the timestamp of the photo can be shown. More detailed instructions will be provided closer to the start of the event. Unless an exception has been granted in advance, failure to present this required documentation will result in being turned away, with no refund of registration fees or incurred travel expenses.
  • You should keep your proof of vaccination handy at all times during the event, as specific venues may require it for entry.


Cancellation Policy

Registrants may cancel through August 31 for a full refund, or between September 1 and September 19 for a 50% refund. Cancellations after September 19 will not receive a refund. Email or call 312.663.5500 to cancel your registration.

The Conservancy reserves the right to cancel this event at any time if we feel that it cannot be held safely, for any reason including but not limited to current COVID-19 health metrics and guidance. In this case, the Conservancy would refund participants the cost of their registration, including any add-on events, but will not be responsible for any other costs incurred as a result of our decision to cancel the event.

Attendees may wish to consider purchasing travel insurance, which may reimburse certain costs in the event that the event is cancelled or you are unable to participate. The Conservancy does not recommend any specific insurer or insurance product, and is not able to provide guidance.


Photography and Video Recordings

By attending this event, you may be included in photography and video recordings that may be used for the Conservancy’s educational or marketing purposes. Photography by participants for personal use is generally allowed, but might be prohibited at the request of specific venues.


Physical Condition Considerations

Private residences featured on our tours are not subject to ADA requirements. Conference tour attendees must be capable of walking through tight spaces and up staircases with no assistance. If you anticipate having difficulty accessing or moving about tour sites, please consider registering to attend virtually.


Liability Waiver

By registering for the conference you consent to the following: “In consideration of my admission to the properties toured through the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC), I agree to waive, release, hold harmless and indemnify FLWBC and the owners, operators, members, officers, directors, trustees, agents, successors and assigns, of the FLWBC and each and every house, site and entity included in the conference, including any announced changes, from any and all claims, injuries, causes of action, de­mands, costs, liability and/or harm of any kind that I may have or may acquire against each of them as a result of my participation in this event.”