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Join us for an evening of fun and fascinating storytelling with architects, interior designers, CAC docents and regular folks who will share crafted tales about Chicago’s buildings and their personal experiences with the built environment.

$15 public
$10 CAC members
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

The evening will be hosted by Scott Whitehair, a professional storyteller, teacher, producer and creator of Story Lab Chicago.

featured storyteller: Karen Genelly

Karen Genelly

Karen Genelly is a longtime CAC docent who loves to tell the stories behind how Chicago became the great city it is today. Karen is also a teacher and counselor for Chicago Public Schools.


featured storyteller: Wayne Johnson

Wayne Johnson

Wayne Johnson has worn many hats over the years. He defines himself as a special event jockey, habitat craftsman, metro chef and urban explorer. He owns and operates his own graphic design and web design business. Wayne has been an interpreter at The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust for seven years and a CAC docent for the two years.

featured storyteller: Adrienne Liebermann

Adrienne Lieberman

Adrienne Lieberman has been a CAC docent since 2010. Prior to telling stories about Chicago and its beloved architecture, she authored and co-authored several books and articles on pregnancy and birth for parenting magazines—oh the stories she can tell!


featured storyteller: Oswaldo Ortega

Oswaldo Ortega

Oswaldo Ortega is currently a Project Architect at Gensler. He is very passionate about giving back to the community. He is a Lead Mentor at ACE mentoring program and the President of the Illinois chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).


featured storyteller: Elle Ramel

Elle Ramel

Elle Ramel is the Director of Development at Farpoint Development. She helps to project manage the redevelopment of the Michael Reese Hospital site in Chicago. . She also co-founded City Open Workshop- a bi-montly forum designed to bring architects and planners to assist communities with design capabilities.


featured storyteller: Mario Romero

Mario Romero

Mario Romero is an accomplished Architectural Designer at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture where he has worked on numerous award-winning and innovative projects. His focus is on the fusion of architecture and technology.


featured storyteller: John Syvertsen

John Syvertsen

John Syvertsen, FAIA, has been an architect in Chicago for 40 years. He is past president of OWP/P Architects, a multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering and design firm. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Architecture Foundation for 15 years.


  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center on the day of the event. View the CAC's hours.
  • Ticket price also includes one drink.
  • Discount tickets are available with a valid student ID for $8 at the CAC Box Office.
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