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Take a Midday Break

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
Free, open to the public
Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
None required (Please arrive early; seating is limited) Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch

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!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 — No LunchTalks@CAF

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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 
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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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.

Book signing immediately following the talk. Books are available in our shop the day of the talk or buy it now online.

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

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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 
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014 — No LunchTalks@CAF

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 — No LunchTalks@CAF



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