J. Kibben Ingalls House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1909) | Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust/Photo by James Caulfield

On Sept. 18, the Wright Plus Housewalk, originally planned for May 2020 finally took place, with the support and cooperation of many kind and generous individuals. The day’s attendance was reduced 40%, and all guests, volunteers and staff provided proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to create a safe environment for all. 

This year’s walk featured houses in both River Forest and Oak Park, and we are deeply grateful to these combined communities for their gracious hospitality and friendship. The Oak Park Health Department provided their COVID Mobile Testing Van, and First Presbyterian Church of River Forest served as a First Aid site for guests. Everyone joined together on one special day to celebrate the architecture, design and unique history that defines this wonderful place.

We would like to thank the homeowners for sharing their beautiful residences and their many inspiring stories about each home. We are grateful to the more than 350 volunteers who spent hundreds of hours on planning and execution to make the Housewalk a spectacular event. And finally, we would like to thank our guests, who traveled here to explore the architectural legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America’s great visionaries. 

Wright Plus would not be possible without our sponsors: @properties, Albion Residential, Baird & Warner, Byline Bank, Downtown Oak Park, McGrath Automotive Group, Oak Park Bank, Old Second National Bank, Prairie Title, Ryan Restorations, Trader Joe’s, Village of Oak Park, Village of River Forest, and West Studio Architects.

We also thank our Dine Wright partners: Courageous Bakery, Cucina Paradiso, Giordano’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, Hemmingway’s Bistro, Maya Del Sol, Mickey’s Gyros, and Petersen’s Ice Cream.

Wright once said, “We create our buildings and then they create us.” In partnership with our neighbors, we will continue to build a culture of friendship in Oak Park/River Forest. Our annual Wright Plus Housewalk shines a light on Wright’s legacy here, but even more vividly illuminates the generosity of this unique community to the world.

Thank you sincerely.

Celeste Adams is president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

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