14520 River Road
Plano (94km SW of Chicago)
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Building names(s): Farnsworth House
Architect/Designer: Mies van der Rohe
Completion date: 1951
The Farnsworth House is located approximately
94km/58 miles southwest of Chicago in Plano, Illinois along the Fox River
From April – November 2009, Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 3 pm
– Closed Mondays, Easter Sunday, Labor Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day
Cost: $20US for admission which includes a tour.
TIP: buy tickets online from website. Park at the Visitors’ Center and come inside to meet your guide. Tours begin at their scheduled time, leaving from the Visitor Center on a 400 meter / ¼ mile stroll along the scenic river path. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and provide enjoyment of the exterior and interior of the house. Please wear weather appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes which you will be asked to remove for the interior part of the tour.
Amtrak Train: www.amtrak.com
Chicago to Plano $8.00 each way Advance registration only, fare increases to $20 on the train.
Departs Chicago at 7:35 am arrives in Plano at 8:33 am.
Return trip not until 8:34 pm arrives in Chicago at 9:53 pm.
Metra Rail System: www.metrarail.com
Chicago to Aurora
Hourly trips $6.00 each way
Between Aurora Metra Station and the Farnsworth House in Plano. Ask for the Farnsworth House price!
A-Cab of Sandwich :$45 each way, call 630-897-7500
Kendall Kab: $35 each way, call 630-546-1290
Chicago Architectural Foundation offers tours for $75 including bus transport and lunch.
Drive from O’Hare Airport: Travel west on I-290 to I-88. Proceed west on I-88 continuing past two toll islands to the Sugar Grove exit (West Rt. 56) – continue on Route 56 until the turn-off for IL-47/US-30/Sugar Grove. Travel south on Route 47. Turn right (west) onto Route 34. Travel to Eldamain Road (about 2 miles / 3km) and turn left. Eldamain Road ends at River Road. Take a right on River Road (approximately 2 miles / 3km). The Farnsworth House Visitor Center will be the first open gate in the black chain link fence on the left.
Drive from Midway Airport or the south Loop: Travel south on I-55 to Hwy. 126, the Plainfield exit. Continue on Hwy 126 through Plainfield to Yorkville. At Hwy 47 in Yorkville turn north (right) and proceed across the Fox River. At River Road (the first street immediately past the bridge) turn left (west). Continue west 4 miles / 6.5km to the Visitors’ Center of the Farnsworth House. Chicagoland travel time varies with Traffic. Travel time could be anywhere between 1.25 and 1.75 hours from the Loop.