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  2012 Past Programs

Image: Courtesy of Perkins + Will: Kenya Women and Children's Wellness Center

December 19

Lunch Talks@CAF: Small World Big Projects
Perkins + Will

Ralph Johnson, P+W Firmwide Director of Design, Perkins + Will, Universidad Agostinho Neto, Angola, and the Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Center, Nairobi

Join us for a look at and discussion of two large projects in Africa that Perkins + Will has designed, the new campus for the Universidad Agostinho Neto in Luanda, Angola (completed in 2011) and recipient of the Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award in 2009 and a Women and Children’s Wellness Centre in Nairobi, Kenya (to be completed in 2013) and recipient of the AIA National Healthcare Design Award 2012 and World Architecture News Awards (Unbuilt) Healthcare Sector, 2011.



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Image: Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

December 12

Lunch Talks@CAF: Small World Big Projects
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Gordon Gill, AIA, Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Join us for a discussion of current projects in the Middle East, including the next world’s tallest building, Kingdom Tower.  We'll discuss cultural identity and transformation of place, the economic strategies surrounding super tall buildings and the enrichment of intellectual property in emerging countries.

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National Endowment for the Arts
This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Graham Foundation.

December 4

Architecture is Activism . . . SHELTER!


Equal and accessible housing remains a basic problem in many parts of the United States.  Discover innovative solutions that are being employed around the country and brainstorm visionary ideas with architects.  Join us for a lively discussion about designing housing for social change to address areas of need and to explore potential visionary solutions. Panelists include:

· John Cary, editor of PublicInterestDesign.org and author of The Power of Pro Bono, New York

· Roberta Feldman, Professor Emerita in the School of Architecture, Director Emerita City Design Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago

· Bryan Bell, founder of Design Corps and the Public Interest Design Institute, North Carolina

· Sunny Fischer, Executive Director of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Chicago

· Patrick Tighe, FAIA, Principal Tighe Architecture,  Los Angeles

· Theresa Hwang, Enterprise Rose Fellow, Skid Row Housing Trust, Los Angeles

Design Makes Change and Architecture for Humanity-Chicago will be present in the lobby of the lecture space to share information.

Courtesy of Ombra

courtesy of Ombra

December 2

Appetite for Design: Ombra

Ciccheti, small plates, the snacks the city of Venice is known for, can be found at wine bars (bacari) and eateries.  Ombra– La Mensa (Italian for Mess Hall) is a new Italian bar in Andersonville that offers ciccheti.

Inspired by the regional flavors of the Italian Tre Venezie, Ombra is a space you can make your own. It’s where the casual comfort of the neighborhood meets the energy of possibility. You just might encounter the new and unexpected—whether the flavors, the wine list, or the conversations and people around you. The menu is designed as portions that can either satisfy a taste, or spark the appetite for more. Nothing’s hidden here, almost everything’s offered out in the open, a feast for the eyes and imagination. It’s a perfect, no-fuss spot, featuring cured meats, vegetables, bruschetta, and tramanzzini, the Venetian answer to English tea sandwiches. Italian wines, mostly from the Venice area, but not exclusively, accompany a full bar menu of cocktails and beer. They’re presented as the menu, designed for trying and experimenting. With the salvaged materials and unique décor, creative reinvention is a huge part of what makes Ombra unique. Alerego Design’s Davide Nanni, known for his recycled aesthetic, has designed the interiors. Come to relax and recharge between plans, or spend the evening. Ombra is a familiar touchstone—casual and accommodating, provocative and inspiring, it’s about quality in living.

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Image: Courtesy of SOM, Nozul: Lusail Marina

December 5

Lunch Talks@CAF: Small World Big Projects
Skidmore Owings & Merrill

Brian Lee, FAIA, Design Partner, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, Ross Wimer, FAIA, Design Director, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LL

Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)’s innovative practice has been informed by its extensive international work since the mid-twentieth century. Brian Lee and Ross Wimer will present the firm’s recent experimentations through two current projects in the Middle East: the Nozul Lusail Marina in Doha, Qatar and the Infinity Tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Both projects demonstrate the state-of-the-art design, structural advancements, and sustainable breakthroughs that continue SOM’s remarkable and enduring legacy.



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Image: Courtesy of Janet Attarian

November 28

Lunch Talks@CAF: Design for Health
Urban Interventions for Placemaking: Making Walkable Streets for Healthy Neighborhoods

Janet L. Attarian, Project Director, Chicago Department of Transportation

Make Way for People is a new program launched by the Chicago Department of Transportation which promotes temporary or easily removable strategies for quickly and inexpensively creating new public space in the public right of way. The program consists of four initiatives: People Spots, People Streets, People Plazas, and People Alleys.  Janet will discuss how this Program was developed, review the projects implemented to date, and how the Department is evaluating these initiatives and setting guidelines for further expansion.

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 Hedrich Blessing, courtesy of
Estate of Bertrand Goldberg/Strawn.Sierralta with Plural Design


November 15

Reconsidering an Icon Exhibition Opening and Competition Winners

And the winners are . . . ! Please join The Chicago Architecture Foundation, The Chicago Architectural Club (CAC), and AIA Chicago for the public announcement of the winners of CAC's annual Future Prentice, the 2012 Chicago Prize Competition, which invites designers to submit visionary solutions for Prentice Women’s Hospital, one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant buildings. Be the first in Chicago to see the winning scheme. Preview CAF’s newest exhibition, Reconsidering an Icon, which features the three winning competition entries as well as proposals from 11 of Chicago’s young architecture studios. Hear from the jury and meet the winning design team.


Image: Courtesy of Rafael Viñoly Architects

© Tom Rossiter

November 14

Lunch Talks@CAF: Design for Health
Design for People, Design for Change: Three Hospitals by Rafael  Viñoly Architects

Chan-li Lin, Partner, Rafael Viñoly Architects PC

In the last decade, the focus of Rafael Viñoly Architects’ work has expanded from arts and assembly facilities to encompass research and health care facilities.  Drawing on their wealth of experience in a wide variety of public building types  (performing arts centers, museums, convention centers, courthouses, academic and research facilities)  Rafael Viñoly Architects’ hospitals are less machines for dispensing health care, than places for people with an emphasis on the public as well as the clinical aspects of hospitals.  Similar to performing arts centers, courthouses, etc., their public spaces are open and welcoming not only to patients but also to families and visitors, while their clinical spaces are designed for maximum efficiency, flexibility, and adaptability. This talk examines how three state-of-the-art hospitals of similar sizes, within different contexts, address their site, program, and need for growth and adaptability to change--resulting in three very different hospitals, each reflecting its unique combination of their nature of institution and project parameters.



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Image: Courtesy of Ann Clark

November 7

Lunch Talks@CAF: Design for Health
Healthcare Design in Haiti: Can Architecture Heal More Than Illness?

Ann Clark, Principal, Ann Clark Architects LLC

Ann Clark has spent the last four years collaborating with Boston-based Partners In Health on the design of a 320 bed, 180,000 square foot teaching hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti.  The project began one year before the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, and has gone through several iterations post-earthquake.  The hospital, once completed, will be the largest hospital in the Caribbean.  In addition to the hospital providing the most advanced care available to Haiti, it also has become a symbol for more than just healing the sick. Ms. Clark will discuss the process by which this facility was designed, the challenges of working in a post-disaster, developing country like Haiti, and long term impact of such a project.



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Image Courtesy of Target

October 31

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Much Does it Cost?
Carson Pirie Scott as Souvenir: Re-Design for Target

Mary T. Shaffer, AIA, LEED AP, Lead Design Project Manager, Target Architecture

Join Mary Shaffer, Lead Design Project Manager, Target Architecture, who led the architecture and engineering team on the interior re-design of the 1899 Louis Sullivan designed former Carson Pirie Scott Building at State and  Madison Streets.  Mary will share information about the process Target undertook to preserve elements of the historic building while addressing its retailing needs and incorporating branding elements of a Target Store shopping experience.

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Developing Aqua Tour, Studio Gang Architects

courtesy The Art Institute of Chicago

October 25

Members' Behind-the-Scenes Curator-Led Tour

Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects

The Art Institute of Chicago's Neville Bryan Assistant Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Karen Kice, will lead a tour of Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects. The exhibition, the first in the world to explore the work of Chicago-based Studio Gang Architect in depth, comes at a pivotal time in the firm's history and will explore the research-based innovative work of this firm.

Image: Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity-Chicago

October 24

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Much Does it Cost?
Rethinking Soup (on the Road), Designing Food Diversity in Chicago

Laura Bowe, Co-Director Architecture for Humanity-Chicago, Aaron Joseph, Deputy Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago, and Lisa Lee, Director of Hull-House Museum

In celebration of Food Day, which seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way, join us for delicious free soup and bread (provided by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum) at Chicago Architecture Foundation and a lively conversation that addresses food diversity in Chicago’s built environment. How do food trucks benefit the City of Chicago and how could they be used in innovative ways? What was the impact and outcome of Chicago Architecture for Humanity-Chicago’s design for 2011 Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market—a city bus that became a market on wheels to provide fresh produce to some of Chicago’s food deserts? What is the significance of heirloom seed libraries and how does this relate to the mission of historic preservation at the Hull-House Museum and design for change? This program is presented in collaboration with the Hull-House Museum as part of their ongoing Rethinking Soup series, University of Illinois at Chicago.



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photo: Tom Rossiter

October 24

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Old Town School of Folk Music

Join us for a special building tour of the Old Town School of Folk Music with architect William Ketcham, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, of VOA Associates and Bau Graves, Executive Director, Old Town School of Folk Music. This behind-the-scenes program will explore the history, function, and future of Old Town School School of Folk Music through a tour of the 1931 Art Deco west building (that became home to Old Town in 1998) and a tour of the new east building across the street, designed by VOA Associates. The program begins with refreshments and a short presentation featuring historic images of Old Town’s past together with photos of the construction of the new building. Stay for a World Music Concert at 8:30 p.m. (following the tour program) of tango music performed by Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet from Argentina. Participants interested in staying for the concert must register in advance through http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2012/10-24-2012-alejandro-ziegler-tango-quartet-830pm/or by calling the Old Town School’s Box Office at 773.728.6000.

Beijing Embassy designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP

photo ©SOM

Embassy designed by SOM

Thursday, October 18, 6:00-7:30 pm

Our Buildings as Ambassadors: U.S. Dept. of State's New Design Excellence Initiative

How do the overseas buildings of the United States represent our country and serve the needs of those working in them? Can our buildings exemplify design excellence without sacrificing security and adhering to cost considerations? Casey Jones and Bill Miner from the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. will explain how the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations addresses these goals. Eric Keune, AIA, from SOM will present his firm’s new U.S. embassy in Beijing as a case study. Learn more about this event at www.aiachicago.org.

This event is sponsored by AIA Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation, and U.S. Dept. of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. 


Image: Courtesy of CDOT

October 17

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Much Does it Cost?
Design for Sustainable Transportation

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA and Chicago Transit Authority

The Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago Department of Transportation are preparing for the launch of the Jeffery Jump, Chicago’s first steps towards Bus Rapid Transit, later this fall. How does one design for more sustainable transportation? Join architect Carol Ross Barney, FAIA to hear about her firm’s vast experience in design for transportation and for the new Jeffery Jump stations, and get a glimpse of the transformation of the Jeffery Line and the importance of design in BRT worldwide from representatives from CTA and CDOT.  



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Image Courtesy of Swedish Trade Council

October 10

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Much Does it Cost?

Phil Thompson, Project Manager and David Kordel, Consultant, Swedish Trade Council

In the 1970s, Sweden was the most oil dependent country in the industrialized world. The country suffered a host of environmental problems, from polluted air to toxic bodies of water. However, the oil crisis spurred politicians to change and today the country is instead at the green forefront, especially when it comes to creating sustainable cities. The SymbioCity concept, the notion that shared urban systems create synergies, forms the core of the Swedish approach to cities. SymbioCity calls for an holistic approach to common urban concerns, such as landscape planning, transportation and waste management, from which the gain is both environmental and economic. Join us for a presentation of SymbioCity – Sweden’s model for sustainable city planning, brought to you by the Swedish American Green Alliance, a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy and the government of Sweden.



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Chicago Ideas Week 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2:00-3:30 pm

Controlled Environment Sustainable Urban Agriculture: State of Play

Michael Hoadley will moderate a panel discussion among thought leaders in The Tri State Region on the subject of Sustainable Urban Agriculture, with a focus on Controlled Environment Agriculture as an emergent sector of Agribusiness & Real Estate.

We will examine current and planned projects, economic development and job creation dynamics, public policy environment, relationship to sustainability thinking, and the results of The National Science Foundation funded workshop being held the week before, details of which are available at www.ChallengesInVerticalFarming.org

Hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago Ideas Week.


© Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Design Architects


October 3

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Much Does it Cost?
AIA 2030 Update and Building Sustainably

Marya Graff, LEED AP, ASSOC. AIA, Sustainability Consultant, Cannon Design

The AIA 2030 Commitment is a program which is helping member firms better understand sustainability within the context of their own practices. Based on incremental reduction targets, the ultimate goal of the 2030 Commitment is 100% carbon-neutral new buildings and major renovations by 2030. By collecting project data, signatory firms provide an annual picture of progress to the AIA and provoke meaningful internal dialog. This presentation will outline the AIA 2030 Commitment program and benefits of participation, describe the related efforts of the AIA Chicago 2030 Working Group, and summarize the first two years of national reporting.



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Photos Courtesy of Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

September 27

Appetite for Design: Filini Bar and Resturant

This special Appetite for Design program features thedesigned interior of Filini Bar & Restaurant and the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, housed in the Aqua Tower, paired with specially crafted cocktails and a tasting of Filini’s appetizers. Join us for an insider’s behind-the-scenes short tour led by members of Gang Studio design team to see varied spaces in the Aqua Tower. Later, chat via Skype with Filini’s designer, UK-based Jim Hamilton of Graven Images, who will share his inspiration for the restaurant, bar, and lobby and chat about how the contemporary Italian menu reflects its modern design. Meet Filini’s Executive Chef Christian Fantoni who has designed the stuzzichini “small bites”—a featured component of Filini’s menu. Following the scheduled building tours and and design discussion will be time for participants to mix and mingle.


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photo: Courtesy of Tony Macaluso

September 26

Lunch Talks@CAF: Sky High Chicago
Secret Spaces Atop Chicago, A Cultural History of the Urge to Climb Above the City

Tony Macaluso, Author

Almost since the dawn of urban living, people have constructed spaces for viewing cities from above.
This talk explores Chicago’s extraordinary history as a center for creating unique and imaginative functions for “spaces atop the city.” Theses  spaces “above” have served as observation decks open to all to such unanticipated functions as places to pose for photographs above the city, gathering spots for extraordinary clubs, sites for daredevil stunts, pinnacles for conveying power and communication, and eye-catching emblems.  In recent years, Chicago has become, once again, a center of innovative ideas for how to use ‘spaces atop the city’ in adventurous new ways.  The lecture is a preview of Tony Macaluso’s forthcoming book.

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Photographer : Eric Hausman

Photo: Eric Hausman

September 23

At Home (with Julia Beckingham Edelmann): Breaking Boundaries with Design

Help us celebrate great residential design with this program that features an afternoon tour and discussion in the historic 1870 Wilmette home of Chicago designer Julia Buckingham Edelmann (owner of Buckingham Interiors + Design). This clapboard, Victorian, turreted home (featured in Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors)  is decorated with unique pieces that blur boundaries between periods and styles. It will inspire you to consider ways to foster your personal design style using varied objects, and insert eclectic elements into your home regardless of the era of your space.  This event, in partnership with Chicago Home + Garden magazine and the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects, kicks-off the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2012-2013 At Home program series. At Home showcases best practices around home design throughout the Chicago region to inspire discovery about how architecture and design create personal impact, and contribute to our environment and community identity. Program participants can purchase Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors for $30 at the event and will receive a complimentary annual subscription to Chicago Home + Garden magazine. Refreshments provided. Reservations are required in advance and space is limited.

Learn more about the book at chicagohomemag.com/chicagospaces


photo: Courtesy of Tom Leslie

September 19

Lunch Talks@CAF: Sky High Chicago
The Wind Must Be Looked After, How Lateral Bracing Influenced Two Generations of Chicago Skyscrapers

Thomas Leslie, Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture, Iowa State University

Skyscrapers present difficult structural issues. While the need to hold things up in the air is obvious, how to brace these structures against wind is often less visible--but equally important. Built sixty years apart, this talk highlights two Chicago skyscrapers--the Monadnock and the Inland Steel Building to show how wind bracing strategies evolved as new materials and techniques emerged throughout the twentieth century.  While steel, welding, and advanced calculation methods meant that the latter building was more efficient, there are surprising similarities in how the two buildings resist wind.



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courtesy Open House Chicago

September 12

Lunch Talks@CAF: Sky High Chicago
Chicago Storeys

Bastiaan Bouma, Open House Chicago Managing Director

Open House Chicago 2012 (October 13 & 14 www.openhousechicago.org)  offers a free, “insider”look at some of Chicago’s coolest and most influential tall buildings.  This year’s line-up includes the Jewelers Building, Marquette Building, 104 S. Michigan Avenue, IBM Building, the Chicago Tribune Tower and more.


September 4

Film Screening and Discussion: No Impact Man

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

In 2006, the Manhattan-based Beavan family abandoned their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and tried to live making no net environmental impact for a year. It meant no elevators, no television, no cars, busses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage. Watch the film to find out how Colin Beavan and his family addressed this project. After the film, we’ll examine some "how-to” tips to help you reduce your own impact related to transportation and water use. Abby Crisostomo, Associate for the Water Resources Program, Metropolitan Planning Council will share information about water use and Brian Morissey from the Active Transportation Alliance will speak about bicycling and sustainability. Presented in partnership with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.


Jennifer Bolande, Appliance House, 1998-99

Photo courtesy of the artist

August 11

Special Tour: Skyscrapers As Fine Art

Explore some of the artists’ works in the Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition "Skyscraper, Art and Architecture Against Gravity" to consider buildings as fine art with an Museum of Contemporary Art lecturer then traverse to Michigan Avenue with Chicago Architecture Foundation docents to consider how Pine Street (former Michigan Avenue) that was the original home to factories, saloons, and auto dealerships became the “Magnificent Mile.” This 45 minute architectural tour will examine an eclectic mix of some of Chicago’s tall buildings and often overlooked facades.


photos: Crab Tree Farm and Ragdale

July 21

Special Behind-the-Scenes Tour: An Exploration of Arts and Crafts, Ragdale and Crab Tree Farm

This exclusive daylong program explores the Arts and Crafts collection of Crab Tree Farm together with the Arts and Crafts architectural features of the Ragdale House.  Begin with a docent-led tour of the Lake Bluff Crab Tree Farm and its Arts and Crafts decorative arts collection which has been interpreted in interior settings and reflects Gustav Stickley’s (1858–1942) design philosophy. Following a box lunch on the Crab Tree grounds, take a tour of the restored Lake Forest Ragdale House, built in 1897 by Howard Van Doren Shaw (1869-1926), noted Chicago Architect and winner of the 1926 AIA Gold Medal.   Shaw’s design for Ragdale, his own summer house, was influenced by the English Arts and Crafts tradition.  This structure was originally built as Shaw’s summer retreat, which recently reopened after a year-long restoration  by Johnson Lasky Architects who have returned this historic structure to its 1926 elegance. This $3.2 million restoration project was undertaken to preserve the structural integrity and functionality of the home for The Ragdale Foundation’s artist-in-residence program which accommodates 200 artists and writers each year.  Architect Meg Kindelin, Johnson Lasky Architects will discuss elements of the Ragdale House restoration.


Jennifer Bolande, Appliance House, 1998-99

Photo: courtesy of Jennifer Bolande 

July 17

Members' Only Curator-Led Tour: Skyscraper, Art and Architecture Against Gravity

Join us for this exclusive opportunity for Chicago Architecture Foundation Members to explore the Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition with Michael Darling, Museum of Contemporary Art James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator that examines contemporary works of art that take as their subject the form, technology, myth, message, and image of the iconic building structure the skyscraper.


Englewood elevated rail line. Currently abandoned, the line may be used in the future as a urban agriculture greenway.

June 27

Lunch Talks@CAF: Land!
Vacant Lots: Farm or Famine - Open Space in Woodlawn and Englewood

Kathleen Dickhut, Deputy Commissioner of Sustainable Development Division, City of Chicago

The City of Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Chicago and three local community organizations, are engaging community stakeholders in a year-long process to create the Green Healthy Neighborhoods land use plan for the communities of Greater Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, Washington Park and Woodlawn and New City. There is a large inventory of available land in these communities and this lively discussion will explore a range of ideas for housing, retail, green infrastructure, food policy and arts and culture for the landscape.



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Photo: Laura Kastner Photograph

June 25

Appetite for Design: prasino

prasino is the Greek word meaning "green” and serves clean food in a modern, environmentally conscious setting. prasino debuted its first Chicago location in the Wicker Park neighborhood in August 2011 after its success in the Western Suburb of La Grange. The prasino concept was founded in 2009. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, prasino’s menu celebrates artisanal flavors with a nod to local growers. Specialties include grilled and braised meats, ocean-friendly fare, organic produce, in addition to global-influenced beer, wine and  spirits. prasino also features organic espresso, juices and smoothies for healthy "on-the-go" tastes.

prasino's commitment to sustainability is incorporated the restaurant’s eco-chic design. Located in a modern storefront space on Division Street in Wicker Park, the interior was designed by Caren Crangle of Simeone Deary Design Group. With a name that means “green” in Greek and a seasonal menu, Crangle naturally pulled inspiration from urban green markets. “The idea and direction was to take this, the literal existence of the market, and deconstruct it in a way that could be reintroduced to create a modern restaurant."

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June 20

Lunch Talks@CAF: Land!
Reading and Writing the Landscape
Robert Grese, Professor of Landscape Architecture, School of Natural Resources & Environment, Director of the
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, The University of Michigan

Robert Grese, editor of The Native Landscape Reader (2011), will describe his favorite selection of writings on nature-based landscape design and conservation by some of the country’s most significant practitioners, horticulturists, botanists, and conservationists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These essays often originally appeared in obscure, short-lived publications and are difficult to locate today, comprising a rich but hidden literature related to issues of sustainability, horticulture, and gardening.



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June 13

Lunch Talks@CAF: Land!
Landscape History and Design
Christopher Vernon, Associate Professor, School  of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, The University of Western Australia

Christopher Vernon author of Graceland Cemetery: A Design History (2011), will summarize the largely forgotten history of the landscape design of Chicago's Graceland Cemetery, and what O. C. Simonds, while Superintendent of and Landscape Gardener for Graceland Cemetery, accomplished that resulted in the international acclaim accorded to Graceland cemetery's landscape design 1900-1930.



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June 6

Ticket to Ride: Bus Rapid Transit--Cleveland, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago

Join transportation leaders from across the country to explore issues of livability and connectivity through existing bus rapid transit projects in cities such as Cleveland, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. Joseph Calabrese, Director of Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority; Michael Schwartz, Transportation Planner, San Francisco County Transportation Authority; Ted Orosz, Director, Long Range Bus Planning MTA New York City Transit; together with Gabe Klein, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation will compare and contrast how bus rapid transit relates to issues of economic development, urban revitalization, sustainability, and livability. Peter Skosey, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council will moderate the conversation. Opening remarks will be made by Forrest Claypool, President of Chicago Transit Authority.




June 6

Lunch Talks@CAF: Land!
Transforming Land Use for a 24-Hour Downtown

Jean L. Guarino, Ph.D. candidate and architectural historian

The Loop has changed dramatically over the past 20 years, from an office district that was largely abandoned at 5pm, into a mixed-use community with a growing residential population. From the demalling of State Street to the conversion of office buildings to dormitories and luxury condos, Guarino will examine the key public and private initiatives that have transformed land use and brought new life to the Loop since 1990.



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May 31

Behind-the-Scenes Members’ Only Bus Tour : A Night at Navy Pier

Spend an evening exploring the architectural history, present use, and proposed future design of Chicago’s Navy Pier through a Chicago Architecture Foundation docent-led slide lecture featuring historic images, a walking tour of the Pier’s East End, and special sun-down cocktail reception on the Lake aboard the Tall Ship Windy. Open to the public in 1916, Navy Pier was the largest construction of its kind in the world and the only pier to combine the business of shipping with public entertainment. This program will explore the multi-faceted use of the pier over time and provide members’ with a special opportunity to view this historic structure from the Lake.


courtesy Ted Wolff

May 30

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Does Your (city in a) Garden Grow?
1990s Restoration and Landscape Renovation at Graceland Cemetery
Ted Wolff, ASLA, Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc., Chicago

Join Ted Wolff, landscape consultant to the Trustees of Graceland Cemetery, for a discussion on the internationally acclaimed recent restoration of Graceland Cemetery’s landscape, consistent with the original “Prairie Spirit in Landscape Gardening” design style of O.C. Simonds ” (1855-1931). Mr. Wolff will be introduced by John Notz, officer and Trustee of the Graceland Cemetery Improvement Fund, which has managed the cemetery since the 1930s.



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courtesy Offenberg Tirtilli

May 23

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Does Your (city in a) Garden Grow?
Lincoln Elementary School's Environmental Study Center: Construction and Features
Odile Compagnon, Odile Compagon Architect;
David Offenberg, Offenberg Tiritilli, Ltd. Architect of Record and Basil Tiritilli, Offenberg Tiritilli, Ltd.

This presentation tells the story of the planning, design, funding and construction, between 2005 and 2011, of an environmental sciences learning center addition to a historic Chicago Public School building located in Lincoln Park. From the first grant application to the planting of a green roof by the school children, we will describe the parallel process through which the academic curriculum and the addition were developed. This parallel process was a collaborative participation of school teachers, non-academic staff, students, members of the local community and several interested organizations.  The presentation will include a detailed discussion of the architectural features that turned this addition into a learning lab. 



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courtesy Studio Gang

May 16

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Does Your (city in a) Garden Grow?
Garden in the Machine
Jeana D’Augustino Ripple, Design Team Member, Studio Gang

Developed by a Studio Gang-led interdisciplinary team for MoMA's Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream exhibition, on view through July 30, 2012, "The Garden in the Machine" is a proposal reimagining the inner-ring suburb of Cicero to better meet the living and working needs of its residents. Cicero, a former factory town with a high immigrant population, struggles with the foreclosure of its industrial properties as well as its homes. “The Garden in the Machine” demonstrates how the remains of Cicero's industry could be transformed into healthy, thriving neighborhoods by improving the land using nature and technology, combining housing and jobs within flexible live/work structures made from reused materials, implementing a new form of ownership that decouples the land from the house, and revising the zoning code. Join Studio Gang for a detailed look at the proposal and how it's designed to help Cicero become a successful "arrival city" where new immigrants can pursue their unique American Dreams.



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May 10

Beyond Burnham Roundtable Discussion: Re-Envisioning Navy Pier

Please join the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, DePaul University and the Chicago Architecture Foundation for a roundtable discussion on "Re-Envisioning Navy Pier." Panelists include:
Jerry Butler: Commissioner of Public Works | retired City of Chicago Architect
Rick Fawell: AIA | NCRAB | Principal, VOA Architects
John Schmidt: Partner, Meyer Brown | Former Chair, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
Larry Booth: FAIA |Director/Principal, Booth Hansen Architects
Reuben Hedlund: McGuire Woods LLP | Former Chair, Chicago Plan Commission
This distinguished panel will discuss the historic planning efforts during the period between 1989 and 1994 and the lessons learned as Chicago embarks on a new master plan for the Pier.


courtesy Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

May 9

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Does Your (city in a) Garden Grow?
The Future of North Grant Park

Gia Biagi,
Director of Strategy and Policy, Office of the Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Park District
Paul Seck, Associate Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
Matt Urbanski, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

North Grant Park is poised for a dramatic transformation.  The existing Daley Bicentennial Plaza needs to be dismantled to provide repairs for the garage below. The new park currently being designed to replace it will introduce a diverse range of new park program and landscape experiences that create greater urban connectivity between many important cultural and recreational sites. Community-inspired design principles will guide Chicago Parks District and the project designers in the implementation of a vibrant living landscape, to be completed in 2015, that will draw visitors from near and far for relaxation and recreation.



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photo: Jim Iska

May 2

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Does Your (city in a) Garden Grow?
The City in a Garden
Julia S. Bachrach, Chicago Park District Historian

Julia S. Bachrach, who has served as historian and preservationist for the Chicago Park District for more than twenty years, has recently published a second edition of The City in a Garden, A History of Chicago’s Parks. The book illuminates the city’s 175-year commitment to its public parks and explains how luminaries such as architect Daniel H. Burnham, landscape architect and conservationist Jens Jensen, and social reformer Jane Addams shaped and in­fluenced Chicago’s venerable green spaces.  Julia will share the recent research she uncovered for the book, and describe numerous restoration projects and newly-designed facilities that are highlighted in this second edition. 



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 courtesy of Holabird and Root

April 30

Behind-the-Scenes Members’ Only Tour/Special Event Monroe Building

Celebrate the Centennial at the Monroe Building

Join Chicago Architecture Foundation members for an exclusive after-hours event at the historic Monroe Building. This timeless classic, designed by Holabird & Roche, opened in 1912 as one of Chicago’s premier commercial structures. On the eve of the building’s centennial, Holabird & Root returned to undertake an epic restoration directed by owner Tawani Foundation.


 courtesy Tom Drebenstadt

April 28

Special Bus and Walking Tour: Pilsen Past, Present, and Future

Explore a neighborhood that continues to welcome immigrants from all over the world, who in turn make our city a richer place; a vibrant community whose architecture, planning, and art reflect the dreams of all who come to work in Chicago. We will travel by bus and by foot to introduce Pilsen’s history, present, and potential future. After the tour, we’ll enjoy a prix fixe lunch from an award winning local Mexican restaurant (Fogata Village). Participants can return downtown via bus after lunch at the restaurant (1:30 p.m.) or remain in Pilsen to attend a free 2:00 p.m. presentation (separate advance registration required) by architect Patricia Saldana Natke, that focuses on the Pilsen Fashion Incubator, a visionary project recently exhibited at Chicago Architecture Foundation’s exhibition Design on the Edge.


La Casa Dormitories
courtesy Patricia Saldaña Natke

April 28

Design on tthe Edge: Envisioning Neighborhood Change through Design a Look at Pilsen
Patricia Saldaña Natke, Founding Partner of UrbanWorks and Maria Bucio, Director of La Casa

Join us for an afternoon presentation and community discussion on visionary design and its hypothetical impact with architect Patricia Saldaña Natke, founding partner and president of the architecture, planning and interiors firm UrbanWorks, and leadership from The Resurrection Project, an community development and planning organization working to make Pilsen a vibrant and healthy community. Natke’s visionary idea for Pilsen is part of Chicago Architecture Foundation’s former exhibition, Design on the Edge, in which seven Chicago architects were invited to envision a built environment to address a need in a particular Chicago neighborhood. Recently, The Resurrection Project selected Natke’s team to design its latest project—La Casa—a new, innovative model in student housing aimed at attracting area college students to provide them with a safe-living environments and specialized programs to incrementally increase their chances of college success. Together, Natke and The Resurrection Project will lead a conversation about the visioning of their projects, where big ideas come from, what does a city or community do with them, and how does a city or community implement change through visionary design. Pilsen Cultural Center Spring 2012 semester projects by twelve IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology) Architecture Students will also be on display.


Photo: Juan Pablo Gonzalez

April 25

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Much Does it Cost?
Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago’s New Route to Opportunity

Peter Skosey, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council

The money you spend at the gas pump or drop into a bus or train fare box is just a fraction of the $7.3 billion metropolitan Chicago wastes each year due to congestion. To improve transportation options and keep more money in people’s pockets (and the public coffers), cities around the world are implementing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a cost-effective way of using existing streets to provide commuters with a fast, affordable and green way to travel. One of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first-term priorities is to establish a BRT route, and the Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago Dept. of Transportation are exploring its potential along multiple routes. Come learn how BRT’s modern technology, sleek design, and smart implementation may make it Chicago’s best bet yet at beating congestion.


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April 21

Design Workshop: How to Think and Work Like an Architect—Rogers  Park
Led by architect Joel Berman

Spend a day exploring, reimagining and designing in this workshop that looks at the elements of architectural design, urban planning, and photography. Using an existing historic structure as a case study, you’ll learn about the history of the structure before envisioning and designing its potential future working as part of an imaginary architectural team. No professional experience as a designer, architect, artist or urban planner is necessary—this interdisciplinary workshop co-presented by Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Greenleaf Art Center, is open to all participants as a desired outcome will gain a greater understanding of the architectural process. Small group collaborations will be incorporated in the workshop as each participant will undertake aspects of an envisioned holistic design. Lunch will be on your own at a nearby café during the workshop. Greenleaf Art Center, housed in an historic turn of the century building that was originally a barn for north side horse and buggy deliveries, is located in Rogers Park one block west of Clark on Greenleaf Avenue. It is conveniently near the Rogers Park Metra train stop, and is easily accessible via the #22 Clark Street bus.


courtesy 2 point perspective

April 19

At Home: Eco-Home Showcase, Eco-Improvements at Any Budget
Lisa Elkins, Ron Elkins, 2 point perspective: architecture + interiors

Everyone knows that green building is smart, but which features pack the most bang for your remodeling buck? Join architects Lisa and Ron Elkins as they open their Lincoln Park home to showcase eco-renovation ideas at any budget level. What can you do for fifty dollars?  Five hundred?  Five thousand?  Fifty thousand?  Whatever your budget, you will leave with ideas for eco-improvements.  Thinking of a new green home?  The discussion on-site in a green-designed home will help you create a 'must have' list to help guide your process. There will be time for questions, and all participants will leave with a helpful list of best practices and local green resources.


April 18

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Much Does it Cost?
The Cost of Water

Josh Ellis, Metropolitan Planning Council

Rain is free, but when it comes to water, everything else – treatment, pumps, pipes, drains, meters, more treatment – comes with a cost.  Problems arise when the price we pay doesn’t match the cost.  Whether the pipes leak, mains break, or our waterways get contaminated is up to us.  We get what we pay for… so in a metropolitan region with, hundreds of sewage discharge points to our rivers, thousands of miles of pipe, millions of people, and billions of square feet of impervious pavement, what exactly should we be paying for when it comes to water? Join CAF and the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Josh Ellis for a lunchtime discussion of the dollars and cents/sense of our region’s water resources.



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Film Still, Unfinished Spaces, courtesy of Architecture and Design Film Festival

April 12-16

Architecture and Design Film Festival

Design directs everything! The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) returns to Chicago’s legendary Music Box Theatre, April 12-16, 2012 to celebrate the creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With more than 30 films ranging from feature-length to prize-winning shorts, curated into a dynamic mix of 14 programs, these films focus on the creative process, architecture, interior design, product design, urban planning, gentrification, environmental issues and more. The five-day festival will also feature lively conversations with filmmakers, educators and internationally recognized architects and designers.


April 11

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Much Does it Cost?
Housing + Transportation Affordability Index

Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology

How much does it cost to get around? We may know where to buy the cheapest gas or how much a bus ride costs, but it is the built environment that has an enormous and primarily hidden influence on people’s transportation costs. The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Housing + Transportation (H+T®) Affordability Index uncovers and quantifies transportation costs by location. The Index demonstrates how living in a compact, walkable, transit-connected neighborhood can lower a household’s expenses and its environmental impact. This lunch hour presentation walks through the newly updated H+T Index and explains the implications its findings have on the housing market, sustainability, and quality of life.



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photo: Hedrich Blessing

April 4

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Much Does it Cost?
Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Historic Places 2012--What is the Cost of Preservation?
Jonathan Fine, Executive Director of Preservation Chicago

What is the cost of losing or saving Chicago’s past? In this widely anticipated annual event, Preservation Chicago reveals its list of Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Historic Places of 2012. The purpose of this program is to draw attention to the importance of the chosen historic buildings and districts, and to indicate how the efforts of Preservation Chicago and neighborhood residents will be directed toward preserving them. Past Chicago 7 announcements have played no small part in the eventual landmarking of irreplaceable buildings and spaces such as The Richard Nickel Studio, 444 N. LaSalle Street, and the Wicker Park Commercial District.



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Photo: Chris McAuliffe

March 31

At Home Workshop: Leveraging Financial Incentives for Green Home Building and Remodeling

Dan Rappel, Koo and Associates; Bill Seeger, Ecohabitat; and Chris McAuliffe, CM Real Estate Development LLC

Interested in greening your home while saving the green? This program focuses on the many available ways to defray the financial cost of building or remodeling a green residence. Receive the latest updates on available tax credits, tax deductions, and utility rebates and learn about new legislation that creates green building incentives for you. A special case-study on building green affordable housing will also be presented. This program is open to all and is designed for homeowners, residential designers, developers and /or building professionals.  Brought to you by the USBC-Illinois Chapter’s Residential Committee and presented in tandem with the Chicago Center for Green Technology.


Courtesy of the Elmhurst Art Museum

March 28

Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House and the Elmhurst Art Museum
Karen Carter, Film Director/Producer and
Phyllis O’Neill, Executive Director Elmhurst Art Museum

The McCormick House at Elmhurst Art Museum is a mid-century masterpiece designed by legendary architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The house—a one-story, horizontal layout study of Mies van der Rohe’s 860 – 880 Lake Shore Drive towers—was designed as a prototype for middle-income row houses in suburban Illinois. More recently, the McCormick House served as the conceptual framework for DeStefano+Partners’ design of Elmhurst Art Museum. Learn how the structure befits the museum’s mission and hear about a new documentary film, Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House, which tells the story of the iconic house from its conceptual beginning through its move by flatbed truck to Elmhurst Art Museum.  


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Mies Van Der Rohe's McCormick House

Karen Carter Lynch, Producer/Director; Commissioned in 2011 by Elmhurst Art Museum
This film was made possible by the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity


Photo: Anthony Tahlier

March 26

Appetite for Design: Perennial Virant

Perennial Virant, located across the street from Chicago’s Green City Market, opened in May of 2011 in partnership with the Boka Restaurant Group and Chef Paul Virant. Chef Virant's restaurants are built upon his guiding philosophy of making the ingredients, their origin, production, and quality, the full focus of his culinary approach. Embracing the Midwestern seasons and utilizing methods of preservation, allow guests to always expect a menu that showcases local flavors and ingredients in abundance.

Perennial Virant’s restaurant interior was renovated by designer Karen Herold of Chicago’s 555 and features a look that is “comfortable vintage,” but contemporary in feel and uses Virant’s colorful canned fruits and vegetables as a centerpiece of the interior. Changes to the lighting and the dining room layout altered the existing décor and space to create a look that a staff member once dubbed “farmhouse posh.” The space showcases Virant’s strengths of Americana cooking and pickled and canned foodstuff and portrays Perennial’s philosophy, eat what you can and can what you can’t.

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Courtesy of the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago

March 21

National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago
Gordon Gill, Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and
Michael Doyle, President, The Buonacorsi Foundation

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is designing the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago, a satellite location of the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. Learn about their vision for the design—which will repurpose an existing building on Washington Street—and see who NMHMC will function as a bridge between the physical and virtual realms. With the incorporation of interactive exhibits, physical artifacts that interface with interpretive video, and other virtual applications, NMHMC will be a user experience like none other.


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Courtesy of DePaul Art Museum

March 14

DePaul Art Museum
Louise Lincoln, DePaul Art Museum Director and
Jeffrey P. Mason, Project Architect, Antunovich Associates

Museum architecture has become an area of critical and popular interest as well as a large part of the visitor experience. While the design of DePaul University’s teaching museum presented some unusual challenges, including a narrow and site and the administration’s desire for a design that would blend into the neighborhood, many of these offered advantages as well.   Learn how the DePaul Art Museum evolved from these series of challenges into a Museum building that the Sun Times calls a “masterpiece.”



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Courtesy Museum of Broadcast Communications

March 7

Museum of Broadcast Communications
Matt Wylie, LEED AP, NCARB, Principal Eckenhoff & Saunders and
Bruce DuMont, Founder-President & CEO, the Museum of Broadcast Communications

The transformation of a dilapidated parking garage into a striking new home for the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) was a triumph of vision and creativity over obstacles including media scrutiny, brutal politics, and economic struggle. Hear about the decisions and drama behind this Gold LEED Museum in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and how one of the city’s ugliest corners was transformed by a man who refused to throw in the towel.



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 Photo: Alexander Vertikoff

March 5

Behind-the-Scenes Members’ Only Tour of the Driehaus Museum

Steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Driehaus Museum offers visitors a fascinating view of the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion, one of the few remaining examples of homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. With stunning period furniture, decorative art and Tiffany Studio stained glass, the lavish interiors are one-of-a-kind. Open only to CAF members, this special private tour led by Lisa Dube Scherr, Driehaus Museum Director and Mary Dwyer, Driehaus Collections, will feature the rich history of the building, its meticulous five-year restorative and a look at the Driehaus private art collection.


Courtesy Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

February 29

History and Facade Assessment/Restoration of the Randolph Tower Building
Brett Laureys, Associate Principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner, Associates, Inc

Brett Laureys, Associate Principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner, Associates, Inc. in Northbrook, Illinois, will discuss the history of this 1920s-era skyscraper and its Chicago significance in relation to Wiss Janney’s findings on the significant distress to the terra cotta cladding as part of the building’s restoration and renovation. Brett Laureys will discuss the design of the exterior façade restoration work and the restoration of historically significant features that were removed from the building in the past. 



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February 28

BEATING THE ODDS: Designing a Casino for Chicago - Lakeside Resort or Bling Bingo in a Box?

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has not yet signed Senate Bill 744, which provides for the creation of the Chicago Casino Development Authority, whose duties include promotion and maintenance of a casino. There are many contentious issues surrounding this bill--proponents for the casino state that it will provide needed jobs and keep the city of Chicago economically competitive.  Opposition to a Chicago casino is concerned about draining gaming revenue from other existing downstate locations and regulatory measures for a Chicago site. Whether  one is personally“for” or “against” the gaming bill, the design and location of a potential casino in Chicago should be debated as what it looks like and where it is located impacts its use, potential audience, and relationship to the city’s infrastructure. Tonight’s discussion will debate if Chicago gets a casino, where should it be and what should it look like. Can there be a casino design that is truly good for the urban environment? Can a casino be a catalyst for urban redevelopment? Where should a Chicago casino be located? 

The Honorable Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, will provide a brief introduction and welcome for our Chicago Casino Debate program. This casino debate program features Kimbal Goluska, Chicago Consultants Studio; Dennis Judd, Interim Director, Great Cities Institute Professor, Department of Political Science University of Illinois at Chicago, and John Norquist, President & CEO of Congress for the New Urbanism and and Former Mayor of Milwaukee, together with moderator Edward Lifson and Chicago Reader Senior Writer Mick Dumke.

Missed the Dabate? Watch the full reacording online.

Courtesy Roka Akor

courtesy Roka Akor

February 26

Lunch at ROKA AKOR

Owned by JNK Concepts, steak and sushi restaurant Roka Akor, with locations in Hong Kong, London, and Scottsdale, opened in Chicago in July of 2011. Voted one of the top ten sushi spots in the United States by Bon Appetit magazine, Roka Akor features cuisine designed by master chef Ce Bian that uses only fresh, simple, and natural ingredients.  Using flavors of chili, lime, cucumber, truffle, and more, together with the robata grill, chef Ce Bian creates  fantastic grilled beef and amazing seafood dishes that can be paired with Roka Akor’s extensive selection of international wines carefully chosen for Roka Akor’s classic dishes. Roka Akor boasts an interior space also designed in careful consideration of the aesthetic flavors of the restaurant. Although the concept of Roka Akor already existed at its original Scottsdale, Arizona, location, architect Dwayne MacEwen of Chicago-based DMAC Architecture designed a unique look and feel for the Chicago Roka Akor restaurant space. The interior is wholly inspired by chef Ce Bians’ cuisine concept—using simple foods and turning them into magnificent dishes. Natural and simple materials of wood, rock, and old nails were used by DMAC to finish this space. It features a specially designed 60-seat lounge that includes teak block and rubber cording columns that resemble stacked Jenga towers; an Asian inspired patterned teak ceiling, and a massive robata grill sushi bar with a specially commissioned sculptural grill hood constructed with approximately 20,000 nails obtained from a nineteenth century grain elevator. Join us for this unique lunch experience and hear from chef Ce Bian and architect Dwayne MacEwen as they share their design inspirations. This Appetite for Design special lunch includes a prix fixe menu of assorted sushi and beef items.


courtesy Chicago Center for Green Technology

February 25

At Home Workshop: Renewable Energy Options for Homeowners
Tim Heppner, Consultant, Chicago Green Homes Program

Selecting a renewable energy option for your home can be an expensive, confusing and time consuming task. Join Tim Heppner as he simplifies the process and breaks down each option to show you the practical side of putting renewable energy to work in your home. Whether you are considering geothermal, wind, solar, or biomass, this session will explain how to make the most realistic cost effective choice for you.


Courtesy VOA Associates Incorporated

February 22

VOA Roosevelt Tower: High Rise University
Christopher Groesbeck, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Principal VOA Associates Incorporated

The expansion project for the Chicago Central campus of Roosevelt University is a key component in the University’s  goals and objectives for creating a distinguished and high educational environment that is student centered and reflects the University’s deep commitment to the principles of Social Justice. This lunch hour presentation will discuss the how the needs of student activities, academics, and student life of Roosevelt University’s expansion relate to the downtown community and its impact on the larger vision of Chicago and sustainability. Join us for a virtual tour of the features of this design presented by Christopher Groesbeck,  AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Principal, VOA Associates Incorporated.


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photo: Christine Hawley

February 19

Behind-the-Scenes Members’ Only Bus Tour of the Heimbach House, Blue Island

Join us for this rare opportunity explore the Heimbach House, one of architect Bertrand Goldberg’s early and few residential works of the 1930s. This private home, located in Blue Island Illinois was built in 1939 for Dr. Aaron Heimbach, a prominent local physician who practiced medicine from offices located in the southwest corner of the home (the house was actually constructed with an X-Ray room at its center). Of the few houses Goldberg designed in the 1930s, this home is only one of six confirmed standing. In 2009, the homeowners Tom Hawley and Tom Mantel were recognized with the prestigious Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award from Landmarks Illinois. This opportunity will feature a guided tour of the space by the owners, a slide presentation featuring images from the restoration presented by Jason Berry, Special Projects Manager, City of Blue Island, a small cocktail reception, and brief bus drive-by of other significant homes in this Blue Island neighborhood.


Courtesy Holabird and Root

February 15

Monroe Building Past/Present/Future
Tom Lassin, Project Architect, Holabird and Root

This lunch hour lecture, presented by Tom Lassin, Project Architect, Holabird and Root, features the recent renovation and restoration of the Monroe Building. Designed by Holabird and Roche and built in 1912, this terra-cotta clad/steel frame sixteen story building has seen a great number of building occupants—including the new recent relocation of the Pritzker Military Library. Find out about the history of alterations to the building and multiple interventions and its current state of construction in this illustrated talk.







Courtesy Leslie Goddard

February 8

Remembering Marshall Field’s
Leslie Goddard, author

For more than 150 years, Marshall Field and Co. reigned as Chicago's leading department store. This illustrated talk traces the store's history from its beginnings as a dry good store on Lake Street in 1852 into a world-class fashion and service trendsetter renowned for its elegance and exceptional customer service. Photographs, ads, postcards, and memorabilia trace the store's history and its cherished traditions - the Walnut Room, the Christmas tree, the legendary window displays, the 28 shop, and, of course, Frango Mints. Based on Goddard's book, Remembering Marshall Field's, published by Arcadia Publishing in 2011 and available for purchase at the CAF Shop. Buy the book online >






Sunday, February 5

Historic & Modern Chinatown: A Centennial Tour

Celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon, and the centennial of the founding of Chicago's Chinatown, by learning about the history and unique architectural heritage of the largest Chinese community in the Midwest. Our tour will feature the significant buildings of Chinatown, including the Nine Dragon Wall, the former On Leong Merchant's Association, and the Won Kow building, which serve to illustrate the history of Chinese immigration and settlement in Chicago. Modern additions to the community, including the Chinatown Gate and Chinatown Square, will also be featured. 

This tour, led by Chicago architectural historian Timothy Wittman, includes a prix fixe lunch and discussion at Three Happiness Restaurant (201 W. Cermak) following an outdoor walking tour. Meet at the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, 2169B S. China Place (on the second floor of Chinatown Square across from the restaurant Lao Sze Chuan) wearing warm clothing and good, waterproof, walking shoes. After our time outdoors, we'll proceed to the restaurant for hot tea and pre-paid lunch. Reservations are required in advance. Space is limited to 25 people. The program presented in collaboration with the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.


UNO Charter School
Courtesy Juan Moreno

February 1

Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy and UNO Charter School
Juan Moreno, AIA, President JGMA Architects

Juan Moreno of JGMA Architects will discuss the design and construction of two recently repurposed building projects for two Chicago Charter Schools, Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy and UNO Charter School, both on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Hear about the projects, then be inspired to take a behind-the scenes tour of UNO Charter School at the end of the month with Juan Moreno.







January 26

Inside Chicago Spaces
Jan Parr, Chicago Spaces author and CH+G editor
Karen and Bob Coscarelli, home owners

Spend a special evening exploring the making of Chicago Home + Garden magazine's new book of beautiful area homes while inside a spectacular Ukrainian Village home featured in the book. Hear Chicago Spaces author and CH+G editor Jan Parr talk with home owners Karen and Bob Coscarelli about what makes Chicago interiors special. The architects and developers who collaborated with the Coscarellis will also be on hand to talk about this beautiful modern home. Bob is a noted photographer who specializes in interiors; many of his photos are included in the book. His personal and professional passion for architecture and design is evident in his work and his home.


Courtesy Rob Natke

January 25

Small Projects, Big Talent
Zurich Esposito, Julie Liska, Pat Saldana Natke, Rob Natke, Steven Suski, and John DeSalvo

Hear from the award winners of the Small Firm/Small Project Award program who have been recognized for their high-quality work coming out of several small Chicago architectural firms. A brief overview of the competition will be followed by architects presenting on their winning work. This program will be introduced by Zurich Esposito, Executive Vice President AIA Chicago together with award winning architects Julie Liska, AIA,  Patricia Saldaña Natke, AIA, Robert Natke, AIA, Steven Suski, AIA, and John DeSalvo, AIA. A short question and answer period to ask the architects will follow. This program is presented by the AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group. The goal of this award program is to raise public awareness of the value that architects bring to small projects and to promote small practitioners as a resource for design excellence. All firms in the competition have fewer than 10 licensed architects & architectural interns.







Photo: Fritz Tugendhat 1935, courtesy of Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat

January 19

Mies Here and There—Restoration of the Villa Tugenhadt, Czech Republic
Iveta Cerná with Ivo Hammer

The Tugendhat House, located in Brno, Czech Republic, is the last major home built by Mies van der Rohe in Europe before moving to the United States. Built in 1930 and situated on a sloping grade, the house was designed as a large and luxurious villa for Grete and Fritz Tugendhat. The house has been largely not accessible to the public throughout its history, but in 2005, plans were made by the Czech Republic to restore this structure. This lecture will feature architects Iveta Cerná, Head of Villa Tugendhat, Secretary of THICOM Tugendhat House International Committee, and Ivo Hammer, Conservator/Restorer and Chairman of THICOM Tugendhat House International Committee for an illustrated talk about the restoration project.


This program is supported by the Kristyna M. Driehaus (KMD) Foundation and the Prague Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International.



Courtesy Ben Helphand

January 18

The Bloomingdale Trail
Ben Helphand, Executive Director of NeighborSpace and
Beth White, Chicago Region Director of the Trust for Public Land

Listen to Ben Helphand, Executive Director of NeighborSpace and Beth White, Chicago Region Director of the Trust for Public Land, discuss the planned Bloomingdale Trail, the nearly three-mile-long elevated park running through and over the City's near northwest side. Hear about the embankment's history as a railroad, the development of the idea to turn it into a linear park, and the current status of the Trail's design and development.


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Sepia Restaurant
Photo: Doug Snower

January 11

Sepia Restaurant

Located in an 1890s-era print shop, Sepia evokes the atmosphere of a bygone era.  Gary Lee Partners was the design team responsible for creating the restaurant’s inspired vintage-meets-modern décor, which combines salvaged materials and antique fixtures to create a wholly elegant space with refined and rustic appeal.  Interior details include a custom-tile, Art Nouveau floor and hand-crafted millwork that incorporates 54-inch wooden spindles salvaged from an early Chicago restaurant.  Decorative fixtures such as antique crystal chandeliers encircled with contemporary shades, 193 square feet of antique mirrored glass, and Knoll Stephens mid-century bentwood chairs reupholstered with new fabric contribute to a unique space that combines old with new. Start the evening with hors d'oeuvres and a cocktail combined with a tour of the restaurant, led by Sepia Owner Emmanuel Nony and Donna Corbat of Gary Lee Partners, the design team who worked with Nony to create Sepia’s rustic-meets-contemporary aesthetic. An exquisitely prepared four-course wine dinner, created by Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman and served the newly opened Private Dining by Sepia, follows a short presentation by the Sepia and Gary Lee team.

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Courtesy Barbara Geiger

January 11

Low-Key Genius: The Life and Work of Landscape-Gardener O.C. Simonds

Barbara Geiger, Author

As the Victorian age gave way to the Progressive Era, Chicago designer O.C. Simonds (1855-1931) was a seminal figure in the naturalistic landscape movement and the first to popularize the use of native plants. The original partner of William Holabird, he was instrumental in shaping Graceland Cemetery’s landscape for over 50 years, consulted at Lincoln Park, created the University of Chicago campus in 1902, collaborated with Pond and Pond on Frank Orren and Florence Pullman’s Sinnissippi Farm, and designed hundreds of other projects. Join Barbara Geiger, author of Low-Key Genius: The Life and Work of Landscape-Gardener O.C. Simonds for this illustrated presentation.

This book is available for purchase at the CAF Shop. Buy online >






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