Chicago Architecture Biennial

ANNOUNCING SPECIAL NEW TOURS

In conjunction with SC Johnson’s sponsorship of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, we're offering special tours from October 3, 2015 to January 3, 2016. Visit Thursday through Sunday – tours include FREE shuttle service from/to the Chicago Cultural Center

See our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower & Administration Building. Plus, take in The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright and our award-winning Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall. Weekend trips include Wingspread, too. It's a visit not to be missed!

Below are tour options and descriptions of what you'll see. Reservations are required. Click here to reserve your space.

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TOUR SC JOHNSON’S HEADQUARTERS DURING THE WEEK:
Thursdays & Fridays*

10 am: Departure from Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, Ill. 60602

10 am-Noon: Bus trip to SC Johnson in Racine, Wis.

Noon-1 pm: Lunch on bus available for purchase from  O&H Danish Bakery

1-3 pm: Tour SC Johnson’s headquarters, including the SC Johnson Administration Building, Research Tower, Fortaleza Hall and The Lily Pad gift shop

3-6 pm: Return trip from SC Johnson to Chicago Cultural Center 

Return trip arrival times are approximate.

*No tours offered on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year’s Eve.

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TOUR SC JOHNSON’S HEADQUARTERS AT NIGHT:
Thursday Evenings Only*

3 pm: Departure from Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, Ill. 60602

3-5:15 pm: Bus trip to SC Johnson in Racine, Wis.

5:15-6:15 pm: Dinner on bus available for purchase from O&H Danish Bakery

6:30-8:15 pm: Tour SC Johnson’s headquarters, including the SC Johnson Administration Building, Research Tower, Fortaleza Hall and The Lily Pad gift shop

8:30-11 pm: Return trip from SC Johnson to Chicago Cultural Center

Return trip arrival times are approximate.

*October 29, November 12 & December 10 tours include an additional program, which adds two hours to the evening.

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TOUR SC JOHNSON’S HEADQUARTERS AND WINGSPREAD ON THE WEEKEND:
Saturdays & Sundays*

10 am: Departure from Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, Ill. 60602

10 am-Noon: Bus trip to SC Johnson in Racine, Wis.

Noon-1 pm: Lunch on bus available for purchase from O&H Danish Bakery

1-3 pm: Tour SC Johnson’s headquarters, including the SC Johnson Administration Building, Research Tower, Fortaleza Hall and The Lily Pad gift shop

3:15-4:15 pm: Tour Wingspread

4:30-6:30 pm: Return trip from SC Johnson to Chicago Cultural Center

Return trip arrival times are approximate.

*November 14 and 15 & December 26 and 27 tours do not include a visit to Wingspread. On these days, buses return to Chicago approximately one hour earlier.

SC Johnson Great Workroom 

WHAT YOU MAY SEE ON YOUR VISIT TO SC JOHNSON

SC Johnson Administration Building

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and opened in 1939, the SC Johnson Administration Building is celebrated as one of the top 25 buildings of the 20th century. From its 43 miles of Pyrex glass tubing to the dendriform columns soaring in the Great Workroom, it is truly a unique work of art that reflects the innovation and adventure that are still the spirit of SC Johnson today. The Administration Building is the only Frank Lloyd Wright commercial building still in use today.

SC Johnson Research Tower

The Research Tower was Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision of a vertical complement to the Administration Building. Opened in 1950, the Research Tower is one of the tallest structures ever built on the cantilever principle. It stands 153 feet tall and its central core, which is 13 feet in diameter, extends 54 feet into the ground. All 15 floors of the Research Tower are supported by the “taproot” core, much like a tree supports its branches. In 2013, the Research Tower went through an extensive 12-month restoration, which involved both exterior and interior updates. The Research Tower was opened to the public for the first time in spring 2014.

SC Johnson Fortaleza Hall

Designed by world-renowned architect Norman Foster and his firm, London-based Foster + Partners, Fortaleza Hall is a contemporary partner to the innovative buildings and offerings of Frank Lloyd Wright. Opened in 2010, Fortaleza Hall was named for the city in northeast Brazil that was at the heart of two life-changing expeditions by the Johnson family and represents a commitment to the company’s legacy of visionary thinking and inspired architecture. Soaring at the building's heart is the replica twin-engine S-38 amphibian plane that Sam Johnson flew to Fortaleza, Brazil in 1998.

Wingspread

Beyond the Administration Building that third generation SC Johnson leader H.F. Johnson Jr. commissioned with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936, he gave Wright a more personal task, too – to design a new house for his family. Completed in 1939, the home was named Wingspread, reflecting its four wings that spread out from a central core living space. Wright called Wingspread “the last of the Prairie houses,” and its 14,000-square-foot footprint makes it the largest of the Prairie homes as well.

Click here to learn more about SC Johnson’s inspired architecture.

SC Johnson Research Tower 

TOUR FAQS

Do I have to pay for the tours or any portion of the tour?
No, all public tours at SC Johnson are free.

Are reservations required?
Yes, to reserve a spot in a tour from Chicago during the Chicago Architecture Biennial, click here. To reserve a spot for any other tour, click here.

Are tours cancelled due to inclement weather?
Tours run rain or shine at SC Johnson. However, bus tours from Chicago may potentially be canceled if inclement weather disrupts or inhibits travel to Racine. In those instances, participants will receive email notification if a tour is being cancelled.

Are the tours handicapped accessible?
Portions of them are. Tours include indoor and outdoor spaces and guests should be comfortable standing, walking and climbing stairs. Wheelchair-accessible elevators are available in Fortaleza Hall. Also, Fortaleza Hall is walker and wheelchair accessible and the main floor of the Great Workroom is accessible via ramp. Stairs are required to reach the upper levels of the Administration Building. The Research Tower is accessible only via stairs.

For the hearing impaired, typed tour scripts are available in English for use during the tour. Tour guides and hearing impaired guests will receive writing pads and pencils to ask and answer questions upon request. Hearing impaired guests are able to bring a sign language interpreter on the tour. Hearing aid compatible devices are available upon request to those viewing films. Certified service animals and white canes for the visually impaired are permitted on tour.

We try to make accommodations for guests. If you have a special need, please call 262-260-2154 or email Tours@scj.com prior to your visit.

Can I take photos or videos while on a tour?
Photographs of the exterior for personal use are permitted, including sharing on your social media accounts. You can follow and share your tour experiences and photos with SC Johnson on Twitter at @SCJohnson. Use the hashtag #WrightNowAtSCJ on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Photography and video of interior spaces is prohibited during tours. If you’re a member of the media, please contact us at 262-260-2440 for special arrangements.

Are there items I won’t be allowed to bring in during a tour?
To protect and preserve the buildings, artifacts, designs and objects you’ll see on the tour, food/drink is prohibited. However, water fountains are available in Fortaleza Hall. Also, SC Johnson is committed to maintaining a safe and healthful work environment for all employees and everyone who visits our campus. The company’s No Weapons policy prohibits weapons of any type, including concealed weapons, from its premises.

Ready to come for a visit? Tours are free and open to the public. Use our online scheduling tool!

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The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright showcases rarely-seen Frank Lloyd Wright designs and artifacts. And, it’s free to visit!

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