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QUESTION: Can you suggest an area for viewing Frank Lloyd Wright buildings that would maximize viewing time and minimize driving time?

ANSWER: You will find the richest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings anywhere in Park and River Forest, Ill., suburbs of Chicago, and to see many of them you can park your car and walk.There are 25 homes and 2 public buildings by the architect in Oak Park and 6 homes in River Forest. Wright moved to Oak Park, about 10 miles west of of Chicago, in 1887 at the age of 20 and lived there for more than 20 years. During that time he designed a number of houses for friends and created other buildings.

The Oak Park Visitor Center, 158 North Forest Avenue (708) 848-1500, has available for a $5 rental, a tape cassette for a self-guided walking tour in the adjacent Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School Historic District, 12 blocks square and containing 13 Wright buildings. The center also offers detailed maps, and offers walking tours on weekends.

Wright's home in Oak Park, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, (708) 848-1500, is open for tours, $5, weekdays at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. and on weekends between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The house was built in 1889 and remodeled a number of times after. The bookshop there has a number of maps, brochures and books on Wright that can be useful in planning your vacation.

Also open for tours is Unity Temple, built in Oak Park in 1909, at 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, (708) 848-6225, which continues to operate as an active Unitarian Universalist church. Tours are offered on weekdays between 1 and 4 p.m. for $3, and on weekends at 2 p.m., for $5. The cost includes an audio tape-guided tour.

From Oak Park you can drive to the Near North Side of Chicago and the Charnley House, 1365 North Astor Street; (312) 951-8938, designed by Wright in collaboration with his employer, Louis Sullivan, and built in 1892. Some consider the house, now home of the Skidmore Owings & Merill Foundation, the first modern home in the world. Tours, self-guided with a brochure, are available at no cost by appointment.

Farther south, in the Hyde Park section is the Robie House, 5757 South Woodlawn Avenue, (312) 753-2175, built between 1908 and 1910, and now owned by the University of Chicago. Built of brick, it is considered perhaps the finest Prairie-style house. Tours are offered daily at noon, for $3.

About 90 minutes north of Chicago is Racine, Wis., home of the S.C. Johnson Wax Administration Center, 1525 Howe Street, (414) 631-2154, built in 1936, and still used as Johnson Wax headquarters. Tours are offered Tuesday to Friday at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:45 p.m.; there is no cost, but reservations are required. Also in Racine is Wingspread, 33 East Four Mile Road, (414) 639-3211, a house designed by Wright for H.F. Johnson Jr. and built in 1939 and now a conference and education center. Tours, free, are by appointment.

In the southwestern corner of Wisconsin is Spring Green, which Wright often used as a retreat and where he designed a number of buildings. The Hillside Home School, designed by Wright in 1902, is home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, (608) 588-2511, and is open for tours May through October daily between 9 and 4 p.m. on the hour, for $6. Also there is Taliesen, where Wright settled in the 1930s. House tours are offered on select Saturdays June to October by reservation, for $35; to request a place write to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesen, Spring Green, Wis. 53588.

Two hours south of Chicago in Springfield is the Dana-Thomas House, 301 East Lawrence, (217) 782-6776, built between 1902 and 1904, and one of the best preserved of Wright's Prairie buildings. The house, owned by the state of Illinois, is open for free tours daily between 9 A.M. and 4 P.M.

QUESTION: Is there a book listing freight companies that carry passengers?

ANSWER: There are several sources of information on passenger-carrying freighters.

Ford's Freighter Travel is a directory published twice a year, in May and November. The directory lists freighters and their itineraries by departure point and includes sections on river and canal travel, ferries and "casual" boats like yachts and sport fishing. The directory also lists travel agencies that specialize in booking freighter travel. A single copy is $14.95 and both annual issues are $20. Ford's Travel Guides, 19448 Londelius Street, Northridge, Calif. 91324; (818) 701 7414.

Freighter Space Advisory is published twice a month by Freighter World Cruises, passenger agent for about 15 freighter lines. The newsletter is $27 for the first year, including $25 credit toward cruises booked through Freighter World Cruises, and $18 for subsequent years. The newsletter reports on available space, new sailings and discounts on the lines the agency represents. Freighter World Cruises, 180 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, Calif. 91101; (818) 449-3106.

Travltips, a travel agency specializing in freighter travel, issues a booklet six times a year that is sent to members, who pay a $15 annual fee. Each booklet includes articles, mainly on freighter travel, and listings of available freighter space. Travltips, Post Office Box 218, Flushing, N.Y. 11358; (800) 872-8584.

QUESTION: My wife and I would like to see the rodeo in Calgary in Canada next summer. When will it take place?

ANSWER: The next Calgary Stampede will be July 3 to 12, 1992. Tickets are now on sale, ranging from about $14 to $21 for seats for the afternoon rodeo, $14 to $24 for the rodeo finals on July 12 and $14 to $29 for the chuckwagon race and stage show each evening. For a brochure or to order tickets contact the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, Post Office Box 1060, Station M, Calgary Alberta T2P 2K8, Canada; (800) 661-1260.