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Designed with your busy schedule in mind, our popular drop-in Lunch Talks @ CAF provide a wonderful opportunity to engage in a variety of topics that relate to Chicago’s architecture and built environment - from recent research in architectural history to current projects around the Chicagoland area.

TIME 12:15–1pm
COST
Free, open to the public
LOCATION
Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
RSVP
None required (Please arrive early; seating is limited) Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch
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These talks are made possible in part by a donation in memory of Myra Gary, Docent Class of 1999, and by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

 

Explore in-depth selected topics from Lunch Talks @ CAF!


One talk each month will be part of
Lunch Talks Online, where you can:

  • Browse videos, photographs, articles, and other resources.
  • Listen to the mp3 of the Lunch Talk and view the presentation slides.
  • Join the conversation and share your perspective!
     
 
   
Lunch Talks@CAF

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: The Fulton-Randolph Market District: Feeding Chicago since 1850

Matt Crawford, City Planner IV, Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Historic Preservation Division

164 years ago the Town of Chicago built a food market at Randolph and Halsted Streets. While the market building did not survive long, it established a food marketing district in the surrounding blocks that continues today while new uses including restaurants and innovative industries are thriving in the area. The Fulton-Randolph Market District is currently proposed for designation as a Chicago Landmark. This Lunch Talk will explore the area’s rich history and distinctive mercantile architecture.

TIME: 12:15 - 1pm 
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
AIA CES:  1

 
   
Lunch Talks@CAF

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: Community and Connectivity: the Jessie White Community Center

Joseph Gonzalez, FAIA, of GHAFARI Associates

The JWCC is a state of the art recreational and educational facility which serves as the headquarters for the JW Tumblers and the Chicago Park District’s gymnastics program. Providing a vital anchor for community engagement, the building is composed of a series of largely self-contained architectonic forms elegantly assembled.

Connecting gymnastics, education and the community.

TIME: 12:15 - 1pm 
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
AIA CES:  1

 
   
Lunch Talks@CAF

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: Their Final Place: A Guide to the Graves of Notable American Architects

Henry Kuehn, author

While giants in the field of American architecture have left their important works across the breadth of America, little attention has been paid to where and how these architects have been laid to rest. In this quest, previously unknown and important information has been uncovered on over 200 of the country’s greatest architects. Henry Kuehn will share insights on this topic and sign copies of his new book, Their Final Place, A Guide to the Graves of Notable American Architects.

TIME: 12:15 - 1pm 
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
AIA CES:  1

 
   
 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 — No LunchTalks@CAF

   
 
   
Lunch Talks@CAF

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: The Black Skyscraper

Adrienne Brown, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago

How did the birth of the skyscraper change the way that race was encountered in city centers? Dr. Brown will present insights from her forthcoming book about the role of the early skyscraper in shaping social connections and perceptions. She'll discuss literature from the turn of the century that represents how the widened scale, fragmented sight lines and multiplying vantage points made possible by the skyscraper were overturning practices of seeing and knowing race in the era of Jim Crow.

TIME: 12:15 - 1pm 
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
AIA CES:  1

 
   
Lunch Talks@CAF

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: AIA Guide to Chicago, the third edition

Laurie M. Petersen, Editor, and Zurich Esposito, Executive Vice President, AIA Chicago

The third edition of this authoritative guidebook brings readers up to date on ten years of dynamic changes to Chicago’s built environment. Laurie Petersen and Zurich Esposito will show images from the book and discuss iconic new projects as well as the hidden gems found all over the city.

TIME: 12:15 - 1pm 
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
AIA CES:  1

 
   
Lunch Talks@CAF

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: Historic Chicago data – before it was big

Jen Masengarb, Director of Interpretation and Research

City data isn’t new—architects and planners have long sought ways of quantifying and representing urban design issues. Early data on Chicago and its citizens was collected, analyzed, and visualized by hand—a time and labor-intensive processes. Masengarb will explore how designers such as Daniel Burnham and activists at Hull House used data to visualize and solve city problems.

TIME: 12:15 - 1pm 
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
AIA CES: 1

 
   
 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 — No LunchTalks@CAF

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 — No LunchTalks@CAF

   



This Week's Public Programs

LunchTalks@CAF: The Fulton-Randolph Market District: Feeding Chicago since 1850
Wed, 05 Nov 2014
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM


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