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.
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 2013 tour online now >>
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
- Refer to our Online Tour
and Event Calendar >>
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
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
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.
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: NTHP2013
- Landmarks Illinois members use the code: LPCI2013
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.
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 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 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
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.
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,
River Road is closed at Route 47 (Bridge out). Click Here for detour map.
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
Listing of Chicago bus companies by bus type, seating, amenities, and
Metra Rail System
Chicago to Aurora
Hourly trips $6.75 each way
See Taxi Cab information from Aurora Metra Station to Plano.
Between Aurora Metra Station and the Farnsworth House
in Plano. Ask for the
Farnsworth House price!
A-Cab of Sandwich
$45 each way
Architectural Foundation www.caf.architecture.org
Tour type: Farnsworth House Plus
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.
3 miles west (Sandwich), comfortable Italian dining, great food, great service in a new strip center,
www.alessandriaitaliandining.com (815) 786-8392.
Kendall Pub, 8 miles east (Yorkville), beautifully remodeled pub with large
beer selection and sandwiches and salads, www.kendallpub.com (630) 553-6910.
Fireside Grill,10 miles north (Sugar Grove), Continental American Cuisine in a rustic
atmosphere www.thefiresidegrillesugargrove.com (630) 466-4557.
America's Historic Roundhouse,20 miles east (Aurora), good food in a beautifully restored building, www.rh34.comm
Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro, 8 miles east on Rt. 47 (Yorkville), Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Mon thru Sat. www.cobblestonebakeryandbistro.com
Picnic Lunches (facilities available across the river at Silver Springs State Park)
Froots (Wraps, fresh fruit trays) www.froots.com, Yorkville location
Jimmy John’s (Sandwiches, wraps, box lunches) www.jimmyjohns.com Yorkville location (630) 882-8301.
Panera Bread (sandwiches, bagels, pastries) Yorkville location (630) 553-2355.
Stonefire Restaurant and Pub, 4 miles east on Rt. 47(Yorkville) (630)-553-4585 Mon thru Sun 12-8pm www.stonefiredine.com
Homestead B&B , 811 East Main St. Plano (630) 552-4322 www.thehomesteadbnb.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.
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.
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
• 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.