Art Deco is not just for downtown. Explore the city’s north, west and south sides and discover a variety of landmark Art Deco buildings whose lavish and colorful ornament reflect the prosperity and optimism of the Roaring 20s.
The buildings highlighted in this program—big banks, small commercial buildings and residences both big and small—are among the city’s best. All of them have been officially designated as historically significant by the City of Chicago or the National Park Service for their design, artistry and connection to noteworthy people or events. Join us for a close-up look at these neighborhood buildings—reminders of the past that are still functional and still beautiful today.
Presenter: Bill Coffin
A former appellate attorney and adjunct professor of legal research and writing, Bill Coffin became a CAC docent in 2004. He is the tour director for the CAC’s two Art Deco walking tours and has presented lectures about Art Deco at the CAC and at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a program of Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies.