Suggested Chicago Day Trips from Michigan City

The best Chicago day trips are to Oak Park and Wilmette. Oak Park is famous as the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway and for the home of Frank Lloyd Wright. BBOnline shows you around the best spots.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
951 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, Ilinois 60302
www.oprf.com

Frank Lloyd Wright, the internationally celebrated architect, lived in this home from 1889 to 1909. It was here that he developed his "Prairie Style"of architecture, trademarked by open spaces, low buildings that hug the earth and the clever use of interior light. Wright's home is a great example of how to take advantage of natural light. In the well known Children's Room, light enters from rows of art glass windows along two walls as well as from the skylight. The effect is ethereal.

The Studio added in 1898 is also a must-see with its gorgeous reception area and the drafting room lit by octagonal hanging lights. Due to restoration efforts, you can see the architect's home as it was when he lived here with his family. The historic building and studio, one of the most popular Chicago day trips, serve as a museum where you can learn about Wright's work.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust in Oak Park offers daily walking tours of the largest collection of Wright structures in the world. Many of these are National Historic Landmarks. It's worth driving to from your Michigan City Bed and Breakfast.

Ernest Hemingway Museum
200 N. Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois 60301
(708).848.2222
www.ehfop.org

Another Oak Park experience you shouldn't miss, this museum offers a rare glimpse into the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author's life. Displays include Hemingway's letters, early work, photographs as well as the diary he wrote as a child. The admission fee entitles you to a tour of Hemingway's birthplace–a Queen Anne house filled with Victorian decor, where he spent his first six years. A visit to this delightful museum is one of the most rewarding Chicago day trips.

Unity Temple
875 Lake Street
Oak Park, Illinois 60301
(708)383.8873
www.unitytemple.org

Frank Lloyd Wright described this experimental building as his "contribution to modern architecture." This iconic structure sports exposed concrete, a Wright design trademark. It does not have the traditional central nave and steeple. Wright's internal drainage system for the building proved faulty and led to the weakening of the concrete roof slabs. The building is listed as one of the most endangered historic places in the country. So don't miss the chance to see it during your stay at a Michigan City Inn.

Bahai House of Worship
100 Linden Avenue
Wilmette, Ilinois 60091
(847) 853-2300
www.bahaitemple.org

Located about 14 miles from Chicago on Lake Michigan, this stunning temple is an important addition to our list of Chicago day trips. The inside of the dome is glorious, the architectural details intricate and the staff are friendly. Designed by French-Canadian architect Jean-Baptiste Louis Bourgeois, the temple is a harmonious blend of mainly Muslim and Christian religious architectural styles. People of all faiths are welcome here. The beautifully landscaped gardens offer pleasant strolls.