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  2010 Past Programs

December 15

Marina City: Betrand Goldberg’s Urban Vision
Igor Marjanovic, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis;  Katerina Rüedi Ray, Professor and Director of the School of Art, Bowling Green State University

Igor Marjanović and Katerina Rüedi Ray’s lecture and book explore Marina City’s architectural achievements, ingenious marketing campaign, and complex political partnerships. From financing to structural engineering, their study of this beloved Chicago icon, its architect, client and realtor, fills in missing chapters of modern architecture, urban politics, and labor history.






Times Square pedestrian mall



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December 8

Cities for People

Jan Gehl,  Founding Partner, Gehl Architects – Urban Quality Consultants, Copenhagen  

Whatever you think of the Manhattan pedestrian mall known as Times Square, you have Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl to thank.   For more than forty years he has helped to transform urban environments around the world based on his research into the ways people actually use—or could use—the spaces where they live and work.  Gehl discusses his strategies for creating cycling- and pedestrian-friendly cities around the globe, using his latest book, Cities for People, as a point of departure.

This event is presented in partnership with CEOs for Cities as part of their Give a Minute, and Change Your City campaign.  Give a Minute is a new kind of public dialogue about how to make Chicago an easier place to get around without owning a car.



December 8

The Making of a Patron: A Conversation with 2010 Patron of the Year Award Winners

Unique among architecture awards, the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Patron of the Year awards honor business and civic leaders who, by commissioning and financing buildings, significantly contribute to Chicago’s built environment. Hear jury members and winners of the 2010 awards discuss the relationship between clients and designers as they partner to create exciting, new architecture in Chicago.

Image: 235 Van Buren residential tower designed by Ralph Johnson, for which CMK Development received a 2009 honorable mention




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December 7


Chicago Architecture Foundation, in partnership with Time Out Chicago's Dining & Libation Society, presents a new perspective on the aesthetic and cuisine at Nightwood. Join Jason Hammel, Nightwood’s owner and executive chef, and Kevin Heisner, the restaurant’s designer, for a conversation about the philosophy behind Nightwood’s menu and design.

Following the reception, Jason Hammel and Jason Vincent, Nightwood’s chef de cuisine, team-up to present a five-course meal inspired by the restaurant’s design. Each course will be comprised of two dishes - one the interpretation of Hammel, the other interpretation of Vincent. The dishes will have shared ingredients, but surprisingly different results.

The evening will be hosted by Time Out Chicago’s Eat Out editor, David Tamarkin.

Presented in partnership with Time Out Chicago's Dining and Libation Society

Featured Article: DLS at Nightwood: photos


 Lanark Box Horizontal

December 4

Wallcoverings: Then and Now

Presenter: Lynn Galdoni, D.L. Couch

Wallcoverings have been used for hundreds of years, but the industry has experienced a great deal of change in the industry in the last few years. This seminar will discuss past and current trends in wallcoverings and the Wallcoverings Sustainability Standard, which is currently in development. The following topics will be covered: recycling programs for wallcoverings, impact on Indoor Air Quality, life cycle analysis, and material choices, including vinyl, recycled-content and PVC-free wallcoverings. Sample materials will be on display.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Center for Green Technology


December 1

The Malling of Chicago

Chicago defined the "City of the Century" in the Twentieth Century. But is Chicago becoming the "Suburb of the Century" in the Twenty-First?  Are big-box retailers eating up our neighborhoods? Or are they the perfect solution to the problem of food deserts and widespread unemployment?

Join leading voices from architecture, design, business and politics at Goose Island Wrigleyville as they debate the pros and cons of mixed-use development and big-box stores in the city of Chicago.

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December 1

Why Chicago Isn’t and Is Important
Larry Bennett, Professor of Political Science, DePaul University, and author of The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism

Iconic Chicago is a city of obsolete icons: “broad shoulders,” “ethnic neighborhoods,” and “machine politics.”  We cling to such phrases in order to sustain a sense of civic identity, and yet the city in which we live is no longer the storied Chicago of Pullman, Addams, Capone, or even Richard J. Daley.  Contemporary Chicago is, nonetheless, a testing ground for new forms of urbanism, and directing our attention to these new developments is essential if we wish to create a prosperous, social inclusive Chicago of the future.







November 18

Terzo Piano

Housed on the third floor of the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, Terzo Piano is a natural extension of Renzo Piano’s art gallery aesthetic.  The interior, designed by Dirk Denison of Dirk Denison Architects, is dazzling white-on-white, with spidery chairs by George Nelson and display vitrines that present a rotating selection of art. Join Denison and executive chef Tony Mantuano for a discussion of how Denison’s sleek design complements Mantuano’s contemporary Italian cuisine, while enjoying a sampling of menu items.


November 17

The Architecture of Harry Weese
Robert Bruegmann, PhD, Professor of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago architect Harry Weese, whose career extended from the 1930s to the 1980s, was the creator of hundreds of significant designs ranging from small but highly inventive houses to large urban-scale commissions like the Washington, DC Metro system.  Weese favored natural materials, human scale, comfort, and a fondness for intuition and the unexpected.







November 16

Spotlight on Shrinking Cities with Reed Kroloff

For decades, urban planning and design professionals focused on how to help cities manage growth. But in the last 50 years the number of shrinking cities has increased faster than the number of expanding ones.  A huge media debate is now raging on how to reconfigure cities to best adapt to smaller populations, smaller economies, and different demands on the built environment. Some argue against demolition at all costs, while other voices urge communities not to fear the bulldozer as a tool for urban change. Reed Kroloff, Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, discusses this trend and evaluates various solutions with a team of innovative thinkers and experts in the field.

Andre Brumfield
, Principal and Director of Urban Design & Planning, AECOM
Daniel Kildee
, Co-Founder and President, Center for Community Progress
Mayor Jay Williams
, Youngstown, Ohio

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Stearns Quarry


November 10

Site Design Group: Recent Work
Ernest Wong, Principal, Site Design Group


   Concourse B at Denver International Airport

November 9

Everything I Needed to Know in Life I Learned as a Structural Engineer: Three Guiding Principles
Richard Weingardt, Chairman, Richard Weingardt Consultants, Inc., Denver, CO

Structural engineer Richard Weingardt reviews the challenging projects and strange events—over his 50 years of practice—that have led to three guiding principles for business, leadership and achievement. Design and engineering are noble professions and those in them are hard working and intelligent, keeping up on the latest design standards, materials and systems, and computer programs. However, many avoid becoming pacesetters in big-picture events, where their talents are increasingly needed.

Weingardt will present ideas on how to do this and gain a new perspective on your career.  Both technical problems and solutions, and client relationships will be addressed.  

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November 6

Home Staging: Staging to Sell or to Live

Presenter: Chris DeBoo, owner, SIMPLYSTAGING, LLC and President, Greater Chicago Chapter of Home Staging Professionals

Today's homeowner has to pull out all the stops to get his or her home ready for sale, particularly in today’s economy.  Home staging is rapidly becoming the solution to transforming a home into a well-designed product that is merchandised to sell quickly.  But staging is not just for selling your home. For most of us, the longer we have lived with the same furniture in the same location, the more difficult it is to imagine it any other way. Unlike interior design, staging to live strives to incorporate most of what you already have and want to keep, while giving your house a fresh new look.

Whether you are getting your home ready for sale or just looking for a change, this workshop will provide simple tips and professional insight for staging your home. You are welcome to bring a digital photo (either on a flash drive or disc) of a room in your home that is in need of a makeover.


South Portico, Poplar Forest
photo: John Waters


November 3

Thomas Jefferson, Architect of Private and Public America
John H. Waters, AIA, Vice President, VOA Associates

In his two homes, Monticello and Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson created personal statements of his ideas on American architecture.  In the last years of his life these ideas came together in one of the largest building projects in America up to that time—the campus of the University of Virginia.  Together these projects show the growth of a designer who, according to Frank Lloyd Wright, would sit at “at the head of the table” of American architects.




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October 28

Curators’ Tour: Looking After Louis Sullivan: Photographs, Drawings, and Fragments

Join Elizabeth Siegel, Associate Curator of Photography, and Alison Fisher, Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture, for a tour of Looking After Louis Sullivan, which highlights the role three leading mid-20th century photographers played in shaping Sullivan’s legacy.  At a time when many of Sullivan’s most important structures were being threatened with demolition, the photography of Aaron Siskind, Richard Nickel, and John Szarkowski illustrated the fragile existence of his architecture and provided new impetus for its preservation.

photo (left):
Richard Nickel

American, 1928–1972
Untitled (Garrick Theatre, proscenium and stage), c. 1950/61
Gelatin silver print, printed 1973 by Patrice Grimbert
45 x 35 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, Photography Department Exhibition funds, 1975.434
Courtesy the Richard Nickel Committee and Archive, Chicago

Independence Park field house

October 27

Architect Clarence Hatzfeld is Haunting Me
Julia Bachrach, historian and preservationist, Chicago Park District

Clarence Hatzfeld (1873–1943) was a prolific Chicago architect who has been relatively unknown, despite the fact that the city retains a large collection of his handsome Prairie and Revival style park field houses, commercial buildings, and residences. Although Chicago Park District historian Julia Bachrach had done some research on Hatzfeld over the years, strange things began to happen when she and her husband went house hunting in the summer of 2008.  In this lecture, Julia will reveal why she thinks this architect who died more than sixty years ago is haunting her, and what she has learned about him through this ghostly experience.







October 21

Tiny Lounge

In its previous location, tucked under the Addison Brown Line stop, Tiny Lounge had become a North Side institution known for its well-crafted cocktails and intimate environment. When a remodeling of the adjacent L station required Tiny Lounge to move, architect Brad Lynch of Brininstool, Kerwin, and Lynch was charged with the task of re-establishing the lounge at another location. The resulting space combines elements of the traditional cocktail lounge with sleek, contemporary design.  Enjoy a sampling of food from the lounge menu while Lynch and owner Colleen Flaherty discuss the process of reimagining this beloved cocktail bar.


October 20

The Flatiron Building: Chicago’s Gift to New York
Alice Sparberg Alexiou, author of
The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City That Arose With It and Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary

One of New York’s most beloved icons, the Flatiron Building was, in fact, Chicago’s creation.  It was erected by the Chicago-based George A. Fuller Company, also the builder of most of that city’s first steel-frame skyscrapers, and designed by the architectural firm of Daniel H. Burnham. Author Alexiou discusses these and other Chicago connections.






October 19

Louis Sullivan's Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral

Join us for an exclusive look at an architectural gem in the heart of Ukrainian Village—Louis Sullivan’s Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (1903). The Cathedral, which was designed to resemble a Russian provincial church, was constructed in part with funds from Czar Nicholas II to serve Chicago’s Russian Orthodox community. The building received National Trust Landmark status in 1979 after receiving its Chicago Landmarks status in 1975, and is currently undergoing massive exterior restoration.  Father John Adamcio will conduct the tour of the landmark cathedral and rectory.


Flower Hall, Douglas Park


October 16

Jens Jensen and Chicago’s West Side
Tour leader: Julia Bachrach, historian and preservationist, Chicago Park District

This tour, held in commemoration of Jens Jensen’s 150th birthday, is a full-day bus tour highlighting the achievements of Chicago’s famous Prairie style landscape designer.  The tour features Humboldt, Garfield, Douglas, and Columbus Parks, emphasizing the relationship between Jensen’s landscape elements and buildings designed by noteworthy architects such as Hugh MG Garden, William Carbys Zimmerman, and Fromann and Jebsen.  The tour will also include a visit to A Year in Humboldt Park, a photography exhibit displayed in Humboldt Park’s iconic boat house building. 


October 13

Film Screening: Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture

This award-winning, feature-length documentary about Louis Sullivan captures the architect’s rapid rise to fame, tragic decline, and the ultimate triumph of his creative spirit.  The film pairs extensive interview segments with Sullivan experts—including preservationist T. Gunny Harboe, biographer Robert Twombly, and Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson—with exquisite cinematography.  The camera glides over and through the architecture, tracing building details and ornamentation not readily seen by the naked eye.  

The screening will be followed by a talk with director Mark Richard Smith. 


Baha'i Temple, Wilmette
photo: Paul Slaughter

October 13

Wilmette's Glorious Baha'i Temple
Ken Bowers, Secretary-General of the Baha’i Faith in America

The Baha’i Temple in Wilmette is the largest and the oldest surviving Baha’i House of Worship in the world. The landmark structure has a rich history and boasts a stunning exterior and interior design, with beautiful gardens and reflecting ponds. Bowers outlines the design and construction process, the major 2007-10 renovation, and the current plans for the Baha'i National Visitor Center. 




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October 9

Preparing Your Vintage Home for Winter

From greystones to bungalows to workers cottages, Chicagoans love their vintage homes.  However, despite their beauty and solid construction, these buildings can be drafty and costly to heat in winter.  Join Matt Cole from Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago to learn about practical, cost effective strategies for enhancing the comfort and energy efficiency of your vintage home while also preserving the architectural features—including those dependable, historic wood windows—that make it unique.  Matt will also discuss important seasonal maintenance that can improve the health and safety of your family during the winter heating season.

Presented in partnership with the Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative and the Chicago Center for Green Technology


October 7

Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age
Blair Kamin, Architecture critic, Chicago Tribune

In this lecture, based on his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winner Blair Kamin surveys the period bracketed by the September 11 terrorist attacks and the opening of the world's tallest building in Dubai. As the book reveals, this was an era of extreme oscillation-between artistic triumph and urban disaster, frugal energy-saving architecture and giddy design excess. It was a Dickensian construction zone, a time of terror and wonder. And buildings were central to its narrative. 


Edward Dart, Church of the Resurrection, 1963
photo: Ezra Stoller, courtesy
Father Michael Komechak

October 6

Safe, Out, or Too Close to Call: The Scorecard on Landmarks Illinois’ Chicagoland Watch List
Lisa DiChiera, Director of Advocacy, Landmarks Illinois

Hear about the focus of Landmarks Illinois' advocacy efforts in the Chicago metropolitan area during 2010. These sites are threatened by a variety of issues, including public policy, current or impending vacancies, questionable redevelopment plans, and deferred maintenance. By placing these sites on its “Chicagoland Watch List,” Landmarks Illinois hopes to call attention to these problems and to work with local preservationists to find effective solutions.



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October 5

more cupcakes

Join Patty Rothman, owner of more, and David Woodhouse, principal of David Woodhouse Architects, for a tour of more—a modern art museum-meets-cupcake boutique.  You will enjoy a sampling of more’s decadent delights while Rothman and Woodhouse discuss the food and design that have made more such a success.  You’ll also have the opportunity to tour the more mobile—a cupcake-mobile that carries 1,500 cupcakes through the streets of Chicago—whose interior was designed by David Woodhouse Architects to complement the store’s design.


Women's Club Bungalow, Independence Park (detail)
photo: Tom Drebenstedt

October 3

Bungalow Anniversary Bus Tour

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative with a special one-time-only tour of bungalows on the northwest side.  We will visit Independence Park, where the Women's Club Bungalow is undergoing restoration to make it an eco-friendly special events building for the Chicago Park District; the Villa, Chicago’s premiere Arts and Crafts bungalow district; and North Mayfair, Chicago’s newest and largest bungalow historic district.

Presented in partnership with the Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative


The conservatory, 2078 N. Lakeview 

September 29

Visit the Great American House

At the turn of the 20th century, David Adler was considered one of the most important and eclectic architects in the age of the Great American House. Based in Chicago, Adler designed posh homes for the city’s super-rich. Take a rare peek inside a 1915 Adler-designed Lincoln Park home during this exclusive Chicago Architecture Foundation event.

6:00pm Lecture by Susan Benjamin, architectural historian

6:45pm House viewing and cocktail reception

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September 29

Vanished Public Spaces: Office Building Modernization during the Great Depression
Jean Guarino, architectural historian

Modernization was all the rage during the 1930s, as downtown property owners desperately sought ways to attract and retain tenants in a hyper-competitive market.   From enameled glass to rubber tile flooring, Guarino discusses the latest innovations in modernity during this era, as seen in the Monadnock building and others. 

photo (left): Model Office, Monadnock Building, c. 1930's
courtesy Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP




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Chicago’s Modern Architecture – International Film Bureau (1985, 20 min.) 


September 25

Chicago Architecture in Motion

Chicago’s architecture has been captured in many studio films over the years, but few films remain of the actual past. This program will attempt to reclaim a bit of it in both archival and recent works. Many of the buildings featured are familiar landmarks, while many others no longer exist. Some unheralded architects are also in our midst, and appear here to share their contributions. Discover the city as it once was in this rare trip back in time.


Chicago’s Modern Architecture – International Film Bureau (1985, 20 min.)

Equitable Building: Time Lapse – Jack Behrend (1960s, 24 min.)

Girl Is A Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright – Beverly Willis (2009, 15 min.)

Tree Studios – Adele Friedman (1989, 15 min.)

Halsted Street
– Conrad O. Nelson (1934, 15 min.)

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View of Michigan Ave (then Pine Street) and Chicago Avenue
several days after the fire
courtesy Chicago History Museum (ICHi-13918)


September 25

The Great Chicago Fire

This bus and walking tour explores one of the city’s most significant events, The Great Fire of 1871, through the lens of architectural history.  The tour begins at CAF with a slide presentation on the basic history and myths of the Fire, as well as a discussion of construction methods and building materials.  Next we travel by bus to a South Side neighborhood to view several pre-1870s structures as well as the site of the infamous O’Leary Family home.  On the city’s North Side, we will examine the Old Town neighborhood to compare and contrast its buildings and residents before and after the Fire.  We’ll stop at a few hidden gems along the way before ending the tour at the 1869 Water Tower and Pumping Station on Michigan Avenue.

Tour leader: Jen Masengarb, education specialist, Chicago Architecture Foundation


Revision Home

September 23

10 Places You Wouldn't Expect to Find Great Home Décor:  An Evening of Cocktails and Finds with Katherine Raz of BackGarage and the Vintage Bazaar at Revision Home

Join us for a fun evening of cocktails and design ideas with Katherine Raz, of BackGarage and the Vintage Bazaar, and Katie Ernst, of Revision Home.  We will discuss the ins and outs of sourcing furniture from unexpected places such as thrift stores, auctions, estate sales, Craigslist, and eBay.  We will also learn about do-it-yourself repairs and options for outsourcing the work while spending a fraction of what it would cost to buy directly from a dealer. Revision Home is a world full of great design waiting to be rediscovered!


Chicago’s Modern Architecture, International Film Bureau (1985), film still

September 22

Chicago Architecture in Motion
Todd Lillethun, Program Director, Chicago Filmmakers

Studio films often use Chicago as a backdrop for another city or another time. In this program, past and present unite as the buildings are pulled out of the background and into the limelight. Experience architecture through cinema with these featured historic documentaries and new experimental works. Some titles will be included in a longer program playing on Saturday, September 25, while others will be exclusive to this special CAF event.

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September 20

Water Conservation: How to Save Water and Money

Do you leave the water running when you brush your teeth? Do you enjoy taking a long shower in the morning? We all do little things that waste water – even if we don’t realize it. This kind of inadvertent waste can increase your utility bills, and is easily preventable. Join the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA) and a panel of experts as they discuss ways to save money through water conservation.


National Public Housing Musuem rendering

September 15

Justice: Housing as a Human Right
Keith L. Magee, Executive Director, National Public Housing Museum

The history of public housing is very complex. While there has been the illumination of drugs, violence, and stolen childhoods, there have also been flower gardens, helpful neighbors, and hope for the future. Which is the true story of public housing? Both scenarios have existed at different times, and often at the same time.. The story of public housing is complex, but it starts with a simple truth—that all people need a home.




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September 8

A Look at R. Harold Zook’s Unique Architecture
Betty Green, CAF docent, author of
Zook:A Look at R. Harold Zook’s Unique Architecture

R. Harold Zook was one of the most prolific architects in the Chicago area during the early-20th century. His designs include the St. Charles City Hall, the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, and hundreds of other structures, including nearly 50 residences in his hometown of Hinsdale. Green provides an overview of Zook’s work, characterized by patterned brickwork with stone insertions, spider web-windows, and wrought iron hardware and light fixtures along with undulating, multi-layered cedar shake roofs.



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Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Pavilion photo: Beth Zacherle, Studio Gang Architects

September 1

Studio Gang Architects: Current Projects
Kara Boyd, Project Architect, Studio Gang Architects; John Wolters, Project Architect, Studio Gang Architects

Architects Kara Boyd and John Wolters from Studio Gang present current projects, including the recently-completed Lincoln Park Zoo pavilion and South Pond rehabilitation, the renovation of Chicago’s historic Shoreland Hotel, which restores it to its former grandeur, an ecological education and tourism center in South Carolina, and a private residence that utilizes innovative structural paneling in Manhattan Beach, California.


Paddling down the Chicago River
Kayak Chicago 

August 5

Architectural Kayak Tour

Experience Chicago's magnificent architecture from a unique vantage point as you paddle down the Chicago River in a flat water kayak.  Architect and kayak enthusiast Joel Berman leads the group from North Avenue to the Loop and back, discussing how the city grew from a small, back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years.  Along the way, he’ll provide an overview of the many buildings designed by some of America's greatest architects.


June 30

Celebration of Light: Restoration of the Chicago Cultural Center’s Tiffany Dome
Ken Osmun, Group President of Construction, Wight & Company; Thomas Vukovich, City Architect, City of Chicago

The documentary by Wight & Company and Left Brain/Right Brain Productions provides an inside look at the restoration of one of Chicago’s world-renowned landmarks.  At 38 feet in diameter and with more than 30,000 pieces of glass in 241 sections, it is the largest Tiffany dome in the world.

photo (left): Restored Tiffany Dome, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
courtesy: Greg Murphey Studios/Wight & Company


June 23

Film Screening:  Beyond the Motor City

Beyond the Motor City
, a new documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Aaron Woolf (King Corn), takes a broad look at our country’s transportation history through the lens of the experience of Detroit, a city once renowned for its auto manufacturing and now notorious for its extreme deterioration.  In a journey that takes us into the neighborhoods of Detroit and then beyond to Spain, California, and our nation’s capital, Beyond the Motor City urges us to ask how we might finally push America’s transportation system into the 21st century.

Beyond the Motor City is part of Blueprint America, a national, multi-platform initiative examining the state of America's transportation infrastructure. Blueprint America was created and produced by Thirteen for WNET.ORG and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Surdna Foundation.

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June 23

Julius Shulman: Chicago Mid-Century Modernism
Gary Gand, author and Vice President of Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond

In 2006, Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond, a non-profit organization that celebrates and promotes 20th-century modern architecture and design, contacted legendary photographer Julius Shulman to record Chicago’s modernist residential architectural heritage. Gand discusses Shulman’s final book project before his death in 2009, which documents modern masterpieces by Edward Dart, Bertrand Goldberg, Paul Schweikher, Edward Humric, Harry Weese, and others.






Bruce Graham
photo: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP/Stuart Rodgers


June 16

Remembering Bruce Graham

A leading architect for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Bruce Graham transformed Chicago's skyline, designing some of the city's most famous skyscrapers.  His most visible legacy is the 100-story Hancock Center, completed in 1970, and the 110-story Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower), the world’s tallest building when it was completed in 1974.  He also played a major role in designing the Inland Steel Building (1958), Three First National Plaza (1981), and the 1986 expansion of McCormick Place. In this memorial tribute, our distinguished panelists reflect on the legacy of one of Chicago’s most important architects.

Lucien Lagrange, AIA, Principal, Lucien Lagrange Architects
Franz Schulze, Hollender Professor of Art Emeritus, Lake Forest College
Richard F. Tomlinson II, FAIA, Managing Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP







June 16

A Parisienne Discovers Chicago: Impressions of the City and the World’s Columbian Exposition
Mary Beth Raycraft, Senior Lecturer in French, Vanderbilt University

Madame Léon Grandin recounts her surprising discoveries during a cross-cultural journey through fin-de-siècle Paris, New York, and Chicago. This illustrated lecture will highlight the young parisienne’s reactions to social and cultural life in Chicago at the time of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the unexpected consequences of her travels. 



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June 14

Architecture and Policy in the Netherlands

Cilly Jansen and Indira van ’t Klooster of the Amsterdam-based organization Architectuur Lokaal discuss the national architecture policy of the Netherlands, and related subjects, such as infrastructure, new urbanism, landscape design and planning, preservation, housing and public space, public-private partnership programs, and project development.


ReBuilding Exchange

June 12

ReBuilding Exchange Tour and Workshop

The ReBuilding Exchange diverts building materials from the waste stream and makes them accessible to the public for reuse at a low cost, protecting community health, creating jobs, and saving resources. Salvaged through sustainable deconstruction practices, the wide range of materials available at the ReBuilding Exchange can be incorporated directly into rehab projects or repurposed for other uses. 

Tour the facility and see a presentation illustrating how materials from the ReBuilding Exchange have been incorporated into home improvement projects.

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June 10

At Home:  The British Invasion

Learn about current design trends from the famed Fab Seven–Britain’s top interior designers. Members of the British Interior Design Group will share stories of celebrity clients—including Tina Turner, Sean Connery, and others—but you don’t have to be rich and famous to participate.  Bring your questions and fabric swatches: panelists will field design challenges from the audience and show you how good interior design is accessible to everyone. 

Special guests:  
James Charles, James Charles Design
Simon Hamilton, Simon Hamilton & Associates
Karin Verzariu, Key Interiors
Julia Wong, Julia Wong Designs

Moderated by Laura Patterson, HGTV producer/director, House Hunters and House Hunters International

At Home is a year-long program series that guides and inspires people to make the best choices in the design and care of their homes. 

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June 9

Developing Plans of Chicago
Samuel Roche and Aric Lasher, authors

Plans of Chicago, the inaugural publication of the Chicago-based Architects Research Foundation, uses the 1909 Plan of Chicago as a precedent for reconnecting Chicago’s center to outlying suburbs. The authors discuss their development of an urban planning approach for Chicago based on principles derived from projects by Frederick Law Olmsted, Frank Lloyd Wright, landscape architect Jens Jensen, and Bauhaus city planner Ludwig Hilberseimer.




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R. W. Glasner Studio (detail)
courtesy Cityfiles Press

June 5

R. W. Glasner Studio: Edgar Miller’s Masterpiece

Chicago artist Edgar Miller created exquisitely crafted handmade homes in the 1920s and ’30s chock full of exceptional stained-glass windows, frescoes, murals, mosaics, and woodcarvings. Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, co-authors of Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home, lead CAF members on an exclusive tour of the Glasner studio, which is generally regarded as Miller’s greatest work. Built as a "party house" for the industrialist Rudolph Glasner, the unit incorporates many design motifs, from Art Deco to English Tudor, all of them linked by common themes and the single hand that created them.


Rendering of proposed dormitory for Roosevelt University, Chicago
courtesy: VOA Associates Incorporated

June 2

The Development of a Vertical Campus–The expansion of Roosevelt University, Chicago
Lesley Slavitt, Vice President for Government Relations, Roosevelt University; Christopher Groesbeck, AIA, Principal, VOA Associates Incorporated; Jeffrey Hrubec, AIA, Senior Vice President, VOA Associates Incorporated; Michael Siegel, Associate Principal, VOA Associates Incorporated

VOA Associates Incorporated is designing a state-of-the-art building for Roosevelt University, which will house classrooms, laboratories, a student recreation center, and residence suites for more than 600 students. The 469-foot-tall building will also be constructed as a "green" building and showcase a glass exterior on three sides, drawing in natural light and cutting energy costs. This project demonstrates Roosevelt’s role as a leader in both higher education and revitalization of the urban environment.

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Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center
Thomas Nowak, Studio Manager, Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago

June 1

Studio Gang’s Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center

Margaret Cavenagh, project architect, Studio Gang Architects, and Alicia Berg, Vice President of Campus Environment at Columbia College Chicago, lead a tour of the Media Production Center (MPC), the college’s first new-construction building in its 120-year history. The 35,500-square-foot facility provides adaptable, state-of-the-art facilities including two film production soundstages, a motion-capture studio, digital labs, animating suites, a fabrication shop, and classrooms.  The MPC is designed to provide an innovative learning environment that fosters visual storytelling and cross-disciplinary collaboration, and inspires a new way of teaching media production.


Taliesin West
photo: Paolo Sanza

May 26

A Look at Frank Lloyd Wright's Organic Principles in the Context of Today's Sustainable Initiatives
Lira Luis, AIA, RIBA, LEED®AP, Taliesin Fellow and graduate of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Principal Architect at Atelier Lira Luis LLC

Wright's Taliesin has become regarded as a living laboratory for sustainable design.  The pairing of the native landscape with Wright’s organic architecture provides the perfect setting for studying the relationship between the natural and built environment. Luis discusses living in Taliesin shelters, highlighting the “learning-by-doing” methodology and how this strategy can be applied to achieving sustainable benchmarks in LEED.

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Plaza de Armas, Havana (2009) 

Tuesday, May 25, 6-7:15pm

Preserving the Magic and Poetry of Havana

Havana, a Caribbean Metropolis with strong European influence, was spared the damage caused by global urban renewal and overdevelopment during the second half of the 20th century.  The unique and appealing spirit of Old Havana, listed in 1982 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, stems not only from the well-known quality of its music and rhythms, its vibrant street life, and its friendly ambience, but also from its built environment that is currently preserved with great pride.  Cuban architect and planner Julio César Pérez Hernández addresses the issues of historic preservation in Old Havana that aspire to give the old city its past splendor and make it a unique place to live.

Professor Julio César Pérez Hernández, a practicing architect and urban planner, is an adjunct professor at the School of Architecture in Havana.  He is the recipient of several international and national awards and his work has been published in the New York Times, Arquitectura Cuba and Arquitectura y Urbanismo. He is a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, President of the Cuban Chapters of C.E.U. and I.N.T.B.A.U., and the author of a major book about Cuba—Inside Cuba, published by Taschen in 2006.







Historic Pullman row housing

May 22

Early Industrial Planned Communities: Marktown and Pullman

Join architect and preservationist Edward I. Torrez for a tour of two early industrial planned communities: Historic Pullman, on Chicago’s South Side, and the lesser-known Marktown, in East Chicago, Indiana.  In 1880, George Pullman hired architect Solon Beman to design the first model industrial town for his Palace Car Company. Twelve miles away and nearly thirty years later, Chicago industrialist Clayton Mark acquired the services of Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw to design a model worker village for his newly built steel mill.  This tour will consider the history of the two towns, with an emphasis on their architecture, and the preservation issues facing both communities today.

Edward I. Torrez, AIA, LEED AP, is a registered architect and a principal at BauerLatoza Studio Ltd.  Mr. Torrez has been specializing in Historic Preservation, Adaptive Reuse, Rehabilitation, Interior Renovation and Urban Planning projects for over 20 years.  He has managed award-winning projects such as the Manhattan Building Restoration, Pullman School Restoration, and Old Market House State Historic Site in Galena, Illinois.

Hear Edward Torrez discuss Marktown in a WBEZ interview with Richard Steele


West Humboldt Branch Library
courtesy: BauerLatoza Studio

May 19

Chicago's Sustainable Branch Libraries
Basil Souder, AIA Lohan Anderson; Michael Elsen, ASLA, LEED AP BauerLatoza Studio

Lohan Anderson is leading a team including BauerLatoza Studio to design the building, site, and landscape for two new prototype libraries for the Chicago Public Library and the Public Building Commission of Chicago. Fully utilizing the potential of the design team LEED charette, the designs will provide positive sustainable design examples for their neighborhoods and the entire region.  

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Le Corbusier, Eileen Grey House
photo: Mary Brush

May 13

The Restoration of Modern: The Buildings of Le Corbusier
Pierre-Antoine Gatier
, Chief Architect of Historic Monuments and General Inspector of Historic Monuments for portions of France

Gatier is a member of the committee of experts for the protection of the works of Le Corbusier at the Foundation Le Corbusier, and includes Le Corbusier’s Maison la Roche in Paris among his responsibilities. He also oversees French-owned historic buildings in a number of countries outside France and led a French assistance team to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Gatier shares his insight about preservation in France, with an emphasis on the conservation of Le Corbusier designs.   

This event is co-sponsored by Historic Resources KC, the American Architectural Foundation, and Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship alumni



Gordon Gill

May 12

Transforming Systems
Gordon Gill, AIA, Design Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture


Gill of Chicago’s Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture discusses systems and strategies for reducing energy consumption and carbon within and between buildings and, ultimately, between city blocks. These concepts, which are part of the firm’s Chicago Decarbonization Plan, help articulate a transformative approach that integrates architecture, engineering, and urban planning to address energy and carbon management.


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Chicago Riverwalk rendering
courtesy: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP

May 5

Chicago Riverwalk
Richard Wilson, AICP, Urban Design Practice Leader, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Michelle Woods, Riverwalk Project Manager, Chicago Department of Transportation

Once completed, the Chicago Riverwalk will become a unique pedestrian waterfront that will be universally accessible and accommodate passive and active recreation. Join Wilson and Woods for an overview of the planning and development of new amenities along the Main Branch, which will result in a new civic focal point and green amenity for the city of Chicago.

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Proposed Daniel Burnham Memorial courtesy David Woodhouse Architects

May 1

Lakefront Walking Tour with Architect David Woodhouse

Put on your walking shoes and join David Woodhouse, FAIA, President, David Woodhouse Architects, for a tour of several of his firm’s projects along Chicago’s lakefront. We will visit the DuSable Harbor Building, the visitor pavilions flanking Buckingham Fountain, and the front lawn of the Field Museum, where Woodhouse will describe his proposal for the Daniel Burnham Memorial. For those with unbounded energy, we’ll continue on to Burnham Harbor Park, where we’ll learn about his project for Gold Star Police Memorial Park.


April 28

Soldier Field and the Hopes of Chicago
Liam T.A. Ford, Chicago Tribune reporter

The cultural significance of Chicago’s lakefront stadium goes well beyond the design of the original arena. Soldier Field and its place in Chicago history show how Chicagoans—and their less-than-reform-minded politicians—adopted the City Beautiful spirit of the Burnham Plan. Ford, who led the Chicago Tribune’s reporting on Soldier Field’s remaking, discusses the stadium’s complex history.


April 27

Curator's Tour: Moholy: An Education of the Senses

Join curator Carol Ehlers for a tour of Moholy: An Education of the Senses at the Loyola University Museum of Art, which presents photographs, films, paintings, books, and prints by László Moholy-Nagy—Modernism’s great pedagogical visionary, artist, and designer. Moholy came to Chicago to promote a progressive, experimental, and hands-on approach to art-making based on the philosophy of the Bauhaus. This exhibition allows visitors to experience his transformative vision.

Image at left: László Moholy-Nagy, Ellen Frank, 1929, gelatin silver print, Courtesy of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY, © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn


Union Stockyard Gate

April 24

Across Chicago's South Side Neighborhoods with Dominic Pacyga

Join historian Dominic Pacyga to discover the rich variety of cultures that comprise our “City of Neighborhoods.”  This six-hour bus tour will take you through some of the city's most famous and notorious neighborhoods with an eye on their historical past as well as the present. Starting in the Loop, the tour will travel south to Prairie Avenue, Bronzeville, Bridgeport, Back of the Yards, North Kenwood and beyond. We will stop for lunch at Francesca’s on Taylor Street.

Dominic Pacyga received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1981 and currently teaches American History at Columbia College Chicago. He has authored, or co-authored, five books concerning Chicago 's history, including Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago; Chicago: City of Neighborhoods, with Ellen Skerrett; Chicago: A Historical Guide to the Neighborhoods, with Glen Holt; Chicago's Southeast Side, with Rod Sellers, and Chicago: A Biography.


April 21

The Autobiography of Irving K. Pond
David Swan, Chicago architect and author

Although Irving K. and Allen B. Pond—brothers and partners—are lesser-known architects compared with their contemporary Frank Lloyd Wright, they also built modern architecture that met the needs of late 19th and early 20th century Chicagoans. Join Swan as he presents graphic material that has not been seen for more than a century.







Mural in Pilsen
photo: Anne Evans

April 18

Pilsen by Bus and Foot

Discover the neighborhood that has been home to many immigrants over a 170-year period. Each influx of new residents has left this community with architecture and art that reflect the aspirations of those who have come to live here. As a special member-only benefit, we will learn about the work of the Resurrection Project, a community-based organization. Lunch at a local restaurant combined with a discussion of Pilsen’s mural history is included.


courtesy NHS/Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative

April 17

The Care & Maintenance of Your Historic Masonry Home

From greystones to bungalows, Chicago neighborhoods are defined by brick and stone buildings.  However, many homeowners are uncertain of how to best preserve, maintain, and repair their historic masonry homes.

Presented by Mario Machnicki, president and founder of Marion Restoration, this workshop will cover: common masonry deterioration problems; identifying priority repairs; best practices for cleaning, repointing, and masonry repairs; and establishing a scope of work for repair projects. 

With over 30 years experience, Mr. Machnicki has been featured in This Old House and the Chicago Tribune.

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April 14

300 East Randolph Vertical Completion
Joe Dolinar, Partner, Goettsch Partners; Lou Rossetti, Senior Project Manager, Walsh Construction; Jim D’Amico, Vice President, The John Buck Company

Chicagoans have watched the expansion of 300 East Randolph since 2006, as builders have nearly doubled the size of the massive building, adding 24 new floors to the original 33 stories. Learn about the challenges of this project, as well as the innovative features of the building’s original design that made the expansion possible.

photo(left): 300 East Randolph from NE
courtesy: James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography


Main Hall, Driehaus Museum
photo: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

April 7

Preserving the Past/Creating a Future: The Restoration of Chicago’s Marble Palace
David Bagnall, Director, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

The Driehaus Museum immerses visitors in one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th century Chicago, the Gilded Age home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson. Once known as Chicago’s Marble Palace, the building was restored between 2003 and 2008 by Chicago philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus. Bagnall discusses the history and restoration of this historic landmark.


courtesy NHS/Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative

April 3

Smart Building: Tips for Prioritizing Home Improvements, Choosing Contractors, and Minimizing Costly Surprises

From priority repairs to increasing a home's "curb appeal", rehab season is fast approaching in Chicago. For many homeowners, this is also a time of anxiety and questions: What improvements should I make first?  What are smart investments in a down market? Do I need a building permit? How do I find the right contractor?  

Join Matt Cole and Cynthia Stewart of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago as they share some smart tips for prioritizing projects, choosing contractors, and minimizing the chance of costly surprises. This workshop will focus on planning home improvements, developing a scope of work, finding and evaluating contractors, selecting bids, monitoring ongoing repairs, and troubleshooting potential problems.

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March 31

Walter Frazier: Frazier, Raftery, Orr & Fairbank Architects, Houses of Chicago’s North Shore, 1924–1970
Arthur Miller, archivist and Librarian for Special Collections, Lake Forest College; Kim Coventry, book producer and consultant

Miller and Coventry discuss the work of Walter Frazier, who designed stylish classic residences, clubs, and hotels, many on Chicago’s North Shore. His unique designs are significant for the unity of their fashionable exteriors, garden settings, and handsome interiors. A newly discovered firm photo archive brings the story of this work to colorful life.




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courtesy NHS/Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative

March 27

Greystone Preservation Workshop

Like no other building type, greystones define the look and character of Chicago’s turn of the century neighborhoods.  Many greystone owners have questions about how to best improve their homes while also preserving the architectural features that make them unique.  To help address these questions, Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS), the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) have developed a new Greystone Design Guidelines Booklet offering practical “Do and Don’t” guidance for planning your greystone rehabilitation projects.  

Please join Matt Cole from NHS, Chris Morris from the National Trust, and Anthony Rubano from IHPA for a workshop on using the design guidelines, as well as other historic preservation tools available to homeowners interested in rehab.

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Joffrey Tower

March 25

Joffrey Tower

Join us for this unique visit to Joffrey Tower (Booth Hansen Associates, 2008), home of The Joffrey Ballet. John Kurtz, Facility Manager of The Joffrey Ballet, will take us on an insider's tour of the state-of-the art rehearsal studios, black-box theater, costume room, and other rarely-seen facilities.  We may also enjoy a sneak-peek at the dancers during their daily rehearsal (based on the company's availability).


Peter Kindel’s drawing (north view) of the proposed parkland and beach on the eastern edge of the old US Steel property (79th – 92nd)

March 24

Last Four Miles: Completing Chicago’s Lakefront Parks
Peter J. Kindel, AIA, ASLA, Director of Urban Design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Friends of the Parks launched the Last Four Miles Initiative to develop plans for closing the gaps in public access to lakefront parks on the south lakefront between Calumet Park and 71st Street; and on the north lakefront between Hollywood and the Evanston border. Kindel presents a plan for completing Chicago’s lakefront parks.

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courtesy NHS/Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative

March 20

Greening Your Vintage Home

Join Matt Cole of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) for a workshop on practical, affordable ways to green your vintage home. The workshop will highlight strategies for making homes more energy efficient, improving indoor air quality, and conserving resources.  Matt will also discuss the mix of financial, technical, and historic preservation programming offered by NHS and other organizations. 

A key goal of this workshop is to demonstrate how thoughtful improvements can enhance the performance and comfort of a vintage home, while preserving the materials and architectural details that make it unique.

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photo: ArcelorMittal

March 17

Chicago: City of Steel
Damien Flynn, Vice President, Strategy and Integration, ArcelorMittal FCA

From the downtown skyscrapers to the Northwest Indiana mills, Chicago has a unique relationship with steel. Discover the role of steel in the city’s architectural and industrial history and hear how the steel industry is evolving to support the aspirations of Chicago and the creativity of its architects and engineers.




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March 10

The Daniel Burnham Memorial by David Woodhouse Architects
David Woodhouse, FAIA, President, David Woodhouse Architects

As part of the Burnham Plan Centennial, the Burnham Memorial Committee invited 20 international designers to submit concepts for a memorial honoring Daniel Burnham and his 1909 Plan of Chicago. David Woodhouse, FAIA will present his winning design, which will be built in front of the Field Museum.



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March 3

Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home
Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, authors

Miller was a Chicago artist and chief creator of the North Side artists' colony that evolved into Old Town. He also collaborated with architect Andrew Rebori on the façade of the Fisher Apartments and created glass-relief panels for the Diana Court. Cahan and Williams discuss Miller’s architectural works of art and offer a rare look into the homes he created.







February 24

The 2010 Chicago 7 Most Endangered…
Jonathan Fine, Executive Director, Preservation Chicago

Each year in January, Preservation Chicago announces its list of most endangered buildings—the “Chicago 7”—in an effort to raise public awareness of the threats facing some of our city’s most at-risk architectural treasures. The list may include single buildings, unique neighborhoods, or even theme nominations such as last year’s entry, the “old-fashioned wooden window.”

left: St. Boniface Church  (photo: Andy Marfia)



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Oakland Landmark District
photo: Vincent L. Michael

February 17

Community Activism and the Rise of Historic Districts
Vincent L. Michael, PhD, John H. Bryan Chair of Historic Preservation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Michael's study of the history of historic districts in Chicago, New York, and throughout the U.S. offers new insights into historic preservation. In this lecture, Michael illustrates how community activists transformed preservation from an antiquarian, art historical concern into a planning tool used by neighborhoods to craft a sort of democracy of the built environment.



February 11

Exploring Chicago's History
A lecture by Dominic A. Pacyga

Pacyga discusses the history and character of Chicago in this illustrated lecture based on his new book, Chicago: A Biography, which traces the city’s storied past, from the explorations of Joliet and Marquette in 1673 to the new wave of urban pioneers today.

Born and raised in Back of the Yards on Chicago’s southwest side, Pacyga spent his college years working at the Union Stock Yards. Chicago, therefore, gives voice not only to the city’s great industrialists, reformers, and politicians, but also to the city’s steelyard workers and kill floor operators. And their stories come alive through an extensive selection of evocative illustrations culled from major institutional archives, local historical societies, and the author’s personal collection.



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February 10

The Skyscraper and the Modern City: Chicago and New York
Gail Fenske, professor of architecture, School of Architecture, Art & Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University; Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, assistant professor, Parsons The New School for Design

Merwood-Salisbury and Fenske discuss their new books, Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City and The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York. The authors use iconic early skyscrapers as lenses through which to view the distinctive cultures of Chicago and New York at the turn of the twentieth century.

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photo: Anne Evans

February 6

Chicago Lakefront Bus Tour
Michael Chrzastowski, Ph.D., Senior Coastal Geologist, Illinois State Geological Survey
Eleanor Roemer, Friends of the Parks

The 1909 publication of the Plan of Chicago provided a vision for the development of the Chicago lakefront as a shore devoted to public access, recreation, and aesthetics. What this tour will investigate is how the present lakeshore and its construction history compares with what Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett proposed, and what aspects of their vision were either practical or impractical based on coastal geology, coastal processes, and coastal engineering.


photo: Doug Snower

February 3

2009 Patron of the Year Awards: An Overview of Those Who Brought Great Architecture to Chicago

Unique among architecture awards, the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Patron of the Year awards honor business and civic leaders who, by commissioning and financing buildings, significantly contribute to Chicago’s built environment. Hear jury members and winners of the 2009 awards discuss the relationship between clients and designers as they partner to create exciting, new architecture in Chicago.

left: The University of Chicago won a 2008 Patron of the Year award for its South Campus Chiller Plant, designed by Murphy/Jahn


February 2

For Better or For Worse: Architects in Love

Does love spark creativity? Does romance make great architecture? Get ready for Valentine’s Day at the Chicago Architecture Foundation with a tour deep into the heart of design partnership. Three prominent Chicago architectural couples reveal the joys and sorrows of working under Cupid’s wing.

Moderated by AIA Chicago’s Executive Director, Zurich Esposito

Stanley Tigerman and Margaret McCurry of Tigerman McCurry Architects
Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn of UrbanLab
Joe Valerio of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates and Linda Searl of Searl Lamaster Howe Architects



January 27

Great Chicago Planning Disasters
Robert Bruegmann, PhD, Professor of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning, UIC

Most urban planning works pretty much as intended, however, in some cases it misses the target or even backfires. In this lecture, Bruegmann looks at some of these Chicagoland planning "mistakes" including the Crosstown Freeway, South Side urban renewal, the State Street mall, the Zion nuclear power plant, and the Northwest municipal waste incinerator.

left: Northwest incinerator photo: Robert Bruegmann







Yannell Residence
photo: Christopher Barrett

January 20

Greening New and Old: Two Chicago Examples of Sustainable Design
Jonathan Boyer, Principal, Farr Associates

This presentation explores two groundbreaking projects: The Yannell Net Zero Energy Residence and the Shaw Technology and Learning Center (STLC). The Yannell Residence is a newly constructed home producing more energy than it consumes, while STLC is the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the historic Sears power plant into a sustainable high school.

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January 13

Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing
D. Bradford Hunt, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Social Science, Roosevelt University

What went wrong with public housing in Chicago? To answer this complicated question, Hunt traces public housing’s history in Chicago from its New Deal roots through current mayor Richard M. Daley’s Plan for Transformation. In the process, he chronicles the Chicago Housing Authority’s own transformation from the city’s most progressive government agency to its largest slumlord.



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January 6

The Jewel of the Gold Coast: Mrs. Potter Palmer's Chicago
Sally Sexton Kalmbach, Chicago historian

Discover the rich architectural history of Chicago's magnificent Gold Coast while tracing the footsteps of famous society matron and leading lady of the World's Columbian Exposition—Mrs. Potter Palmer. Kalmbach shares stories of this fascinating neighborhood at the height of its fame, highlighting many of the houses that played host to pivotal events in 19th century Chicago.







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