his page contains all the information you’ll need to enjoy your visit. Tickets are required and can be purchased online or by phone. The Farnsworth House is located on a 62 acre secured private estate. During most of the year it cannot be seen from the road. The only legal access to the property is through one of the tour options outlined below. RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! We make no guarantee of access without an advance ticket purchase. Please note that all ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.



Tours/Ticket Information


Park at the Visitors’ Center located at Gate 1 and come inside to check in. Tours begin at their scheduled time, leaving from the Visitor Center on a stroll along the scenic river path. Please wear weather appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes which you will be asked to remove for the interior part of the tour. The journey includes a mile of walking (see Accessibility tab if this distance is a concern) and will be conducted rain or shine. A short presentation in the visitors’ center can be enjoyed by guests before or after the tour. Click each of the tour names to view available times and dates for that tour, or click here to see the complete tour calendar.  



Tour Ticket Links 

- Complete Tour Calendar >>
- Guided Tour
- Group Tour
- Private Tour  
- Member Admission  >>

Buy Tickets online or by phone 

- Book your 2014 tour online now >> 

- Individual Reservations call (866) 811-4111.

- Group Reservations call (630) 552-0052, (15 or more).



- Wednesday through Sunday 9 am - 4 pm 

- Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

- Closed Easter Sunday and July 4

- Open April —  November (Thanksgiving).

- Refer to our Online Tour and Event Calendar >>
  for date and time availability.
- Allow 2 hours drive-time from Chicago.



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


Guided Tour 2014

Accompany an experienced docent for a fascinating discussion about the history of the Farnsworth House. This tour lasts between 60 plus minutes and includes both interior and exterior access. Additional time at the end of the tour allows visitors to casually enjoy the exterior and the surrounding property.
DEPARTURE: From Visitor’s Center precisely at Reserved Time
DURATION: Farnsworth House 60 plus minutes
PHOTOGRAPHY: Exterior photography allowed (no tripods) Interior photography permit available for purchase weekdays only. Our Photography Policy applies to all visitors.

COST: $20 (plus $2.50 convenience fee online, $5 convenience fee on site IF AVAILABLE)

Group Tour - "CALL"
The Group tour can be tailored to suit your requirements. Please click the Groups tab for more information.

Private Tour - "CALL"
Private tours are available and must be scheduled with a staff member of the Farnsworth House. Please call (630) 552-0052 for more information.

Member Admission
National Trust for Historic Preservation and Landmarks Illinois members are offered a 50% discounted admission price on tours ($10 off). To receive the discount, purchase your tickets online and apply the following promotional codes:
- National Trust for Historic Preservation members use the code: NTHP2014
- Landmarks Illinois members use the code: LPCI2014
No refunds will be provided for mis-purchased tickets.
You MUST show your current valid membership card upon arrival at the Farnsworth House visitor center or you will be charged the balance due on the ticket.




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 Rohe's 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.

Please complete the attached group information form and submit to the email address on the top of the form. Once received our Group Reservation Specialist will be in contact with you to finalize your reservation. Download Group Information Form

If you're looking to make Farnsworth House one stop along with a number of other 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. Please see their website for more detailed information on this tour


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. Other destinations may include Robie House, IIT Campus.









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 $8.50 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 9:58 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

Reservation service for bus rental and charter bus services that operates through a network of vendors specializing in group travel throughout the Chicago area.


Metra Rail System

Chicago to Aurora

Hourly trips $6.75 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





Chicago Architectural Foundation www.caf.architecture.org

Tour type: Farnsworth House Plus by Bus, tours originating in Chicago.


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  

Alessandria Locale Italiano (5 miles west in Sandwich)
2100 W. Suydam Rd.
Sandwich, IL 60548
815.786.8392   www.alessandriaitaliandining.com

Bull Moose Bar & Grill (3 miles west in Sandwich)
202 S. Main St.
Sandwich, IL 60548
815.786.8002   www.bullmoosebar.com

Cobblestone Bakery, Bistro & Wine Bar (4 miles East in Yorkville)
101 W. Van Emmon St.
Yorkville, IL 60560
630.882.9274   www.cobblestonebakeryandbistro.com

Fireside Grille (6 miles north-East in Sugar Grove)
49 Sugar Grove Lane
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
630.466.4557   thefiresidegrillesugargrove.com


Legends Sports Bar & Grill (4 miles East in Yorkville)
620 E. Veterans Pkwy.
Yorkville, IL 60560
630.882.8380   www.legendsgrillbar.com

Millhurst Ale House (5 miles East in Yorkville)
2075 Marketview Dr.
Yorkville, IL 60560
630.553.4585   www.millhurstalehouse.com

Sherry’s American Cafe
1 E. Main Street
Plano, IL 60545


Picnic Lunches  

Froots (2 miles North in Plano)
204 E South St., Inside the BP
Plano, IL 60545


Jimmy John's (4 miles East in Yorkville)
620 W. Veterans Pkwy.
Yorkville, IL 60560
630.882.8301   www.jimmyjohns.com




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.



Homestead Bed and Breakfast


(630) 552-4322

Plano (3 miles)

Hampton Inn Yorkville


(630) 553-9805

Yorkville (9 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



Road Side America






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 National Trust for Historic Preservation as owner/operator of the House.


Interior photographs of the House for personal use require the signing of a photography policy. Photography permits are
available for the following tours.

• Guided Tour (Weekdays Only): Interior Photography time 5 minutes - $10

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

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Plano, IL 60545

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