Easy Access Chicago

Frederick C. Robie House


5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. (Cross Street: 58th St.)
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: (708) 848-1976

Located on the campus of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, the Robie House is a masterpiece of Prairie style architecture. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908, it still looks remarkably contemporary. Tours of the site provide first-hand experience of the major restoration project now underway. The house is not wheelchair accessible and walkers are prohibited. However, architectural tours of the district are wheelchair accessible.


  • Thurs 11am-2pm
  • Fri 11am-3 pm
  • Sat 11am-2 pm
  • Sun 11am-2 pm
  • Mon 11am-2 pm
  • Advance purchase advised


  • See museum website for prices, discounts and tour times
  • Self-guided audio tours of the Robie House's Historic Neighbors are sold separately or in combination with the House Interior Tour

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Street parking
  • Nearest offsite public parking lot/garage
    • 55th and Ellis
    • free on weekends and after 4 pm

Educational Programs

  • Types
    • Architecture tours
    • Workshops
  • All ages served
  • Disabilities served-
    • No targeted programming
    • Programs at Robie House are not wheelchair accessible

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Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • Strobe light in restroom

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Guided tour/orientation
    • On request, small group tours
  • Interpreters are trained in providing service to persons with vision loss
  • Height clearance at least 80"
  • Nearest grassy/dog relief area
    • Outside museum shop
  • Notes: Major restoration underway in Robie House so there may be protruding objects and obstacles in the path of travel

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  • Level entry
  • Door has at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled

Assistive Equipment for People with Physical Disabilities

  • Wheelchair
  • Available from ticketing in museum shop

Interior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide-ground floor
  • Inaccessible areas-All but ground level reception room and billiard room
  • Note:
    • Ground floor rooms not yet renovated at time of visit
    • Some photos are available of upstairs areas and of house in original condition.

Exterior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide
  • Stable/non-slip surface
  • Surface material-paved

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Brochure rack
  • Museum shop
  • Limited space to turn/maneuver
  • Counter 48" high

Performance Space

  • None


  • None


  • No elevator

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Restroom-limited access (see note)

  • Unisex/Single Use
  • Location-Museum Shop
  • Access symbol identifies facility
  • Entry door at least 32" clearance-see note
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Door swings in but has clearance beyond door swing
  • Grab bar behind and alongside toilet
  • Toilet height 17" to 19"
  • Roll under sink with knee clearance at least 27" high and 30" wide
  • Insulated sink pipes
  • Mirror 40" or less from floor or tilted
  • Towels/soap/vending within reach-48" or less from floor
  • Faucet controls automatic or lever type
  • Latch operable with closed fist
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none
  • Notes: 27.5" door into restroom area

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