Here we are in February in a new year. The last year for Emil Bach House, and for all Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes that are open to the public, was a tough year. Tours were cancelled, events were postponed, and for those homes that are open to overnight guests, cancellations were regular and routine. We persevered, and we are hoping for 2021 to be a very different year – for all of us.
This week, we start our house tours led by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust docents. We have worked with Trust staff to prepare and we are thrilled that advanced tickets sales are happening. It has always been our goal to open the house to Frank Lloyd Wright fans, to those whom have never seen the home, to neighbors, and to repeat guests who just love to visit when they can.
Tours will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m., 12 noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., and will be limited to a maximum of six people. Tour guests are strongly encouraged to obtain advanced reservations; tickets are available online here, or you can call the Trust directly at 312-994-4000 to obtain tickets either for that day based upon availability, or for a future visit.
Events are also happening at Emil Bach House. Most of our 2020 events moved to this year, and we have also booked an unprecedented number of wedding weekends at both Emil Bach House and Lang House next door; we have very few available weekends left during wedding season. 2022 weddings are starting to book at the houses, and if that trend continues, most of our wedding weekends next year will be fully booked soon.
Our best wedding “package” is a weekend at both Emil Bach House and Lang House Chicago next door, complete with rehearsal dinner space, ceremony spaces, and tented reception venue for 100 guests (120 for a cocktail set-up), landscaped gardens, outdoor Japanese tea house, multiple decks, and lodging for up to 20 people in the wedding party and/or family. We have added the ability to ZOOM your wedding ceremony to guests unable to travel.
While vacation rentals are slower to rebound due to travel restrictions, it is starting to pick up again and we are hopeful about the possibilities for our guests as the weather improves and the vaccine is rolled out. Emil Bach House sleeps up to 6 people in 3 comfortable bedrooms, all with their own balcony; the home features a fully functional kitchen, tea and coffee pods are provided, and the grounds offer plentiful spaces for enjoying a lake breeze. For a “staycation” in a unique historical home that is a national landmark – it can be the perfect antidote to a long year at home. The best part of a vacation rental like Emil Bach House is that you have the home to yourself, it is private and gated, and check-in is contact-less.
We hope to see you this year at Emil Bach House. Be safe, be well.