his page contains all the information you’ll need to enjoy your visit. Tickets are required and can be purchased online. 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 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. Please browse through the tabs below for more helpful information.



Ticket/Tour Information


The one-room, steel-and-glass house designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe has been called one of the most important works of 20th century architecture. Located in a beautiful meadow on the banks of the Fox River two miles south of Plano, Illinois the Farnsworth House has been called “sculptural” in its simplicity and a masterpiece of design.  


Buy Tickets 

- Book your 2010 tour online now >> 

- Individual Reservations call (866) 811-4111.

- Group Reservations call (630) 552-0052,
  (10 or more).


Tour Availability

- Tuesday through Sunday 10 am - 3 pm 

- Closed Mondays.

- Closed Easter Sunday, Labor Day, July 4, Thanksgiving  Day

- Open April —  November 2010.


tour Times 

- 10 am  |  11 am |  Noon  |  1 pm |  2 pm  |  3 pm

- Refer to our Online Tour and Event Calendar 
  for date and time availability.

- Allow 2 hours drive-time from Chicago.

- Our website contains the best directions to
  expedite your travel.

- Detailed Driving Information >>




- Advance reservations are required for all admissions.

- $21 per person

- Tickets, if available, are $25 at the door.

- $15 Groups 15+

- Interior photography tour $31 advanced,
  $35 if available on-site

- $15 exterior-only tour

- Reduced Fee for National Trust for Historic Preservation
   members with proof of membership. Refunds will be
   provided upon arrival and presentation of membership card.

- Visitors must be at least 12 years old.



- Have a question or want to book a Group
   Reservations (10 or more) call (630) 552-0052.

- Individual Reservations call (866) 811-4111 or
 Book Online.



- We reserve the right to renovate or redecorate any and
   all portions of the property at any time without prior



Group Tour


CUSTOMIZE your groups experience

TEACH from the deck of the Farnsworth House

SKETCH from the serene surrounding environment

PHOTOGRAPH modernist architecture at its best

EXPLORE Mies van der Rohes masterpiece


We can customize a group tour to focus on a particular area of interest or alter the program to allow flexibility for expanded photography, sketching or lectures. The options are almost limitless. Call a Farnsworth House Group Tour Specialist

If you're looking to make the Farnsworth House a stop along a larger tour of attractions, contact one of the group tour providers below to help you arrange transportation or an expanded architectural tour of Chicago.


Chicago Architectural Foundation


Tour type: Farnsworth House Plus by Bus.

Bus tours from Chicago to the Farnsworth House.


Off The Map Architectural Excursion


Private Transportation and tour packages for small groups
can be arranged through Off the Map Chicago by phoning
Larry Simon at 847-951-5521 or visit their website.








The Farnsworth House is located approximately 58 miles southwest of Chicago in Plano, Illinois along the Fox River.  Due to increased congestion and construction, allow 2 hours drive time from Chicago to accommodate detours and construction traffic. Our website contains the best directions to expedite your travel.  Click one of the following directions to the site:




                       Chicago Loop                                                          O'Hare Airport                                               Midway Airport / South Loop



                          Rockford, IL                                                         Springfield, IL                                                              St. Louis, MO





Amtrak Train

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.


Enterprise Rental Car

In Chicago dial 312-251-0200
Prices vary by car type $40-$90 per day.

Must be 25 yrs. old with valid license.




Bus Companies

Listing of Chicago bus companies by bus type, seating, amenities, and pricing.


Metra Rail System

Chicago to Aurora

Hourly trips $6.00 each way

See Taxi Cab information from Aurora Metra Station to Plano.




Taxi Cabs

Between Aurora Metra Station and  the Farnsworth House

in Plano. Ask for the Farnsworth House price!


A-Cab of Sandwich

$45 each way




Kendall Kab

$35 each way




Chicago Architectural Foundation www.architecture.org

Tour type: Farnsworth House Plus by Bus.


Off The Map Architectural Excursion www.offthemapchicago.com
Or call Larry Simon at 847-951-5521




Whether grabbing a lunch on the go, enjoying the company of your traveling companions over a leisurely lunch or heading off to a wonderful dinner, these local establishments meet our standard for quality food, service and atmosphere.



Dine In (See Map tab for approximate locations.)


(1) 3 miles (Plano) Allesandria’s, comfortable Italian dining, great food, great service in a new strip center,

www.alessandriaitaliandining.com (630) 552-8640.


(2) 8 miles west (Sandwich) Kelly’s Irish Pub, a chef prepared menu in an old train car dining room, www.kellyspubonline.com (815) 786-3632.


OR 8 miles west (Sandwich) Brickhouse, brand new restaurant in old downtown building 108 E. Railroad St., www.brickhousefinefood.com (815) 786-1998.


(3) 15 miles west (Somonauk) The Waterfront Restaurant, a North Cabin interior is the décor of this newly constructed restaurant (815) 498-3700.


(4) 8 miles east (Yorkville) Kendall Pub, beautifully remodeled pub with large beer selection and sandwiches and salads, www.kendallpub.com (630) 553-6910.


(5) 10 miles north (Sugar Grove) Fireside Grill, Continental American Cuisine in a rustic atmosphere www.thefiresidegrillesugargrove.com (630) 466-4557.



(6) 20 miles east (Aurora) Walter Payton’s Roundhouse, good food in a beautifully restored building, www.walterpaytonsroundhouse.com
(630) 892-0034.


(7) 20 miles north (Elburn) Fisherman’s Inn, interesting converted barn and popular fine dining establishment, www.fishermens-inn.com (630) 365-9697.


Picnic Lunches (facilities available across the river at Silver Springs State Park)


Froots (Wraps, fresh fruit trays) www.froots.com, Yorkville location (630) 552-9218.


Jimmy John’s (Sandwiches, wraps, box lunches) www.jimmyjohns.com Yorkville location (630) 882-8301.


Maccianos (Pizza, Sandwiches, Pasta) Yorkville location (630) 882-8388.


Allesandria’s (excellent homemade Italian food, sandwiches and wraps, will customize to your needs) Plano location (630) 552-8601.


Panera Bread (sandwiches, bagels, pastries) Yorkville location (630) 553-2355.




Dr. Farnsworth chose to build the Farnsworth House in a rural setting in Illinois, nestled along the Fox River. Spend a night or two exploring the area to understand more fully why she chose it. Whether you prefer an intimate restored historic gem or a brand new full service hotel, the area accommodations can provide for your needs. See Map tab for approximate locations.



The Homestead Bed & Breakfast


(630) 552-4322

Plano (4 miles)

Timber Creek Inn and Suites (Best Western)


(630) 273-6000

Sandwich (4 miles)






We understand that for many visitors it is a long journey to the Farnsworth House. If you’d like to break up the drive a bit, use this resource to locate other attractions in the area.



Local Tourism Information


Historic Home Tours Along Your Route



Hiking, Biking and Canoeing








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Accessibility Challenged


The Farnsworth House site contains many obstacles to accommodating visitors with accessibility challenges, but the staff will do their best to meet your needs provided we receive advanced notice. If you are challenged by the long walk to the house or have difficulty standing for the 60 minute tour or are unable to ascend and descend the 8 steps, we would like to know in advance.


Click here to send us an email detailing your needs or call (630) 552-0052. Thank you.







We encourage you to take photographs of the Farnsworth House’s exterior and grounds for your personal use, without the assistance of a tripod. However, no photographs, videos, CDs, multimedia, or images of any kind of the Farnsworth House, grounds, and property therein are allowed to be taken for commercial uses of any kind, or for any other use without the
express written permission of the Farnsworth House or Landmarks Illinois as operator of the House.


Interior photographs of the House for personal use require a private tour and the signing of a photography policy. Commercial photography of the House requires a rental contract and must be arranged prior to arrival by calling 630-552-0052. All members of the working press should contact the Farnsworth House staff by calling 630-552-0052 for more details.


By entering the Farnsworth House property, you agree to these terms.










Farnsworth House

14520 River Road

Plano, IL 60545

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