2022 Annual Conference: Attend In Person
photo by James Caulfield
photo by James Caulfield
September 26 update: Online experience registration is now available. Capacity remains for all in-person events, but the hotel block is now closed. Rooms must be requested through the Conservancy office, and rates and availability are not guaranteed.
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. 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, the Coonley Estate, 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 Saturday, October 22. 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
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.
Silent auction bidding opens online
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
10 a.m. Conference Tours: Coonley Estate, Wright Home & Studio, Unity Temple & more
6 p.m. Benefit Dinner: Unity Temple
10 a.m. Conference Tours: Emil Bach House, Baker House, Dorothy and William Ross House & more
6:30 p.m. Homeowners & Public Sites Dinner: Union League Club of Chicago
8:30 a.m. Conservancy Annual Meeting
9 a.m. Education Sessions
2:30 p.m. Conference Tours: Robie House & Heller House
6 p.m. Silent Auction Reception
7 p.m. Gala and Wright Spirit Awards
10 p.m. Silent auction bidding closes online
9 a.m. Post-Conference Tour: Kathryn and Lloyd Lewis House, Willits House & more
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.
9 a.m. CDT
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
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
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. Members at the Leadership Circle level and above may contact the office at email@example.com for tickets.
10 a.m. CDT
We’ll enjoy a bus tour of significant sites connected to Wright and this year’s conference theme on Chicago’s West Side and western suburbs, along with special tours of Wright’s Home and Studio (Wright, begun 1889), the Coonley Estate (Wright, 1907) and Unity Temple (Wright, 1905). Transportation and lunch included.
6 p.m. CDT
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. There will be remarks from Tim Samuelson, Chicago Cultural Historian Emeritus. Tickets $175. Includes drinks, meal, program and transportation back to hotel. General conference registration not required. Click here to purchase standalone tickets for the Benefit Dinner>>
10 a.m. CDT
We will venture north to enjoy visits to the Emil Bach House (Wright, 1915), Colvin House (George W. Maher, 1909), Baker House (Wright, 1909), Dorothy and William Ross House (Wright, 1915), the new location of Booth Cottage (Wright, 1911; exterior only) and more. Transportation and lunch included.
6:30 p.m. CDT
Homeowners & Public Sites Dinner
Union League Club of Chicago
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 “Stories in Contrast”. Tickets $85. General conference registration not required. Homeowners and public sites staff may contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
8:30 a.m. CDT
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. Conservancy members not attending the conference online or in person may participate in the annual meeting via Zoom free of charge by registering here>>
9 a.m. CDT
See list of confirmed speakers below. Lunch included. Included in general registration, but standalone Education Sessions tickets are available for $175. Click here to purchase standalone tickets for the Education Sessions>>
2:30 p.m. CDT
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, as well as the Heller House (Wright, 1896) with its notable third-floor frieze sculpted by Richard Bock. Transportation 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. Standalone tickets $175. Click here to purchase standalone gala tickets>>
10 p.m. CDT
Bidding closes in online silent auction
9 a.m. CDT
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.
Education sessions will take place in Ganz Hall, the recital hall in Adler & Sullivan’s Auditorium Building, on Saturday, October 22. Following the annual meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. CDT, sessions will run from 9 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. CDT. Attendees will enjoy coffee, snacks, and a lunch in the building’s Wells Lounge. Included in general registration; standalone tickets may also be purchased. This event is not a function of Roosevelt University, which owns the Auditorium Building.
The following presentations are confirmed:
Includes opening reception; education sessions; lunches and tours 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 email@example.com 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.
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. Members at the Leadership Circle and above, contact the office if you have not received an invitation.
Benefit Dinner: $175 per person
General conference registration not required. Click here to purchase standalone tickets>>
Homeowners & Public Sites Dinner: $85 per person
Open to Wright homeowners and public site staff. General conference registration not required. Homeowners & public sites, contact the office if you have not received an invitation.
Standalone Gala tickets: $175 per person
Included in general in-person registration; this is the price to purchase 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standalone Education Sessions tickets: $175 per person
Included in general in-person registration; this is the price to purchase tickets for those not otherwise attending the conference. Click here to purchase standalone Education Session tickets>>
Post-Conference Tour: $225 per person
Requires general conference registration.
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 closed on Friday, August 26. Learn more. Notification will be made to applicants by Friday, September 9.
Learn more & apply
Conference attendees stay at the Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe St.) at the special group rate of $239 per night (plus tax). Most tour departures and the Gala will take place at the Palmer House.
The hotel block is now closed. Rooms must be requested through the Conservancy office (email@example.com), and rates and availability are not guaranteed. We have also prepared a list of nearby options.
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.
The Conservancy is grateful for the support of our conference sponsors. Interested in becoming a conference sponsor? Learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits.
Ron and Jan Scherubel
Chuck and Kit Henderson
Lukas Ruecker and Safina Uberoi
Blossoms and Turkel House
Gaines and Sharon Hall
Carmen and Christopher Korleski
CYLA Design Associates, Inc. Landscape Architecture & Planning
Eifler & Associates Architects
Tim Gibson representing Rotary District #6540
Harboe Architects, PC
WJE Engineers, Architects & Materials Specialists
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.”