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Take a digital tour of some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic Chicagoland buildings

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Photograph: James Caulfield

Under normal circumstances, visitors from across the world flock to Chicago to take guided tours of the many Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. Those in-person tours aren't being offered at the moment, of course, but if you're looking for a quick diversion during a long workday, you can go inside a few of Wright's most influential Chicagoland buildings via a short series of YouTube tours.

The videos, which cover Hyde Park's Frederick C. Robie House as well as Unity Temple and Wright's home and studio in Oak Park, are brief and not particularly fancy—definitely no 360-degree technology here—but they possess a pleasant and almost ASMR-like charm, with humming ambient background noise, narration delivered in a British accent and slow camera pans tracing the intricate details of Wright's designs. And even if you've been inside the buildings before, it's still fun to check out Wright's famous architectural flourishes, like the gem-like stained glass windows of Unity Temple or the Prairie School-influenced, low-slung horizontal angles of the Robie House; both are Chicago's only World Heritage sites.

Watch the video tours of the Robie House, Unity Temple and the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio below, which were created by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and Archishorts.

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