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Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

While in Chicago, we visited the Frank Lloyd House & Studio, which is located on Chicago Avenue in Oak Park. FLW built the home in 1889, using a loan of $5000 from his employer Louis Sullivan, to purchase the property and start construction. The home received an extensive remodel and addition in 1895, and the Studio was added to the property in 1898. Both the Home & Studio were declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.


Mural and skylight in the children’s playroom

The FLW Preservation Trust currently owns the home and studio. They have restored the property to it’s condition in 1909, when the Wright’s lived there, raising six children.


Lighting, both natural and electric, in the playroom

The home has made use of a lot of stained glass, skylights and indirect natural lighting. Pictures were hard to come by, while on a tour. Our group was 15 strong, which is a full tour group. Many of the rooms, and hallways are quite small, but then open into larger rooms with tall ceilings. It was a challenge to take photos without including members of the tour.

As much as I enjoyed the home, I think I liked the studio even more. It is a wonderful workplace. Two sections of the studio are octagon shaped rooms, connected by the front entry room. FLW’s private office was octagonal, as was the two story room, where the designers and craftsmen worked on projects. If you go, look for the structural chains in the main design room.


The Studio, as seen from across Chicago Ave

The Studio must have been a major presence on Chicago Avenue at the time it was built. No doubt, it offered some wonderful, free advertising. If someone wanted to build a unique and “out-of-the-box” home, a trip down Chicago Avenue would tell you that FLW was worth contacting.

The guided tour lasts about an hour, and is well worth the time, if you are wandering around Oak Park, and looking for something to do.


Harpoon Brewery

Harpoon Growler

While in Boston, the 2015 Frozen Foursome paid Harpoon Brewery a visit. They have quite the setup, and it is well worth visiting if in the city.

Love life. Harpoon.

The brew tour is also well worth it. The tour guides did a phenomenal job, and I really enjoyed getting a quasi-behind-the-scenes look at the brewery itself.

The Beer Line

Founded in 1986 as the Mass Bay Brewing Co, Harpoon Brewery was producing over 200,000 barrels of beer by 2013, and was the 12th largest craft brewery in the U.S.

The tasting room

The best room on the tour is, of course, the tasting room. Our guides highly suggested we taste-test as many different beers as possible, and I saw no point in arguing with the experts.

Harpoon Logo

The second best room in the brewery, for visitors, is the Beer Hall. A great place to sit back and drink a Leviathan or two, a don’t forget to order a pretzel.

A special thanks to Carolyn. We made very good use of the growlers…