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Burnham, Wright, Sullivan—they’re all legendary Chicago architects! But this four-part class led by historian Julia Bachrach will illuminate the lives and work of dozens of local architects who have gone largely unnoticed.

$140 public (includes CAC admission)
$125 CAC members
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.


Review mansions, multi-family residences, schools, park structures and businesses designed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Week two

Study contributions from the early 1900s to late 1920s—a period of unprecedented growth in Chicago.

Week three

Learn about architects who produced Art Deco, Art Moderne and Modernistic buildings from the Depression through the 1960s.

Week four

Julia will lead a three-hour tour featuring some of the buildings studied over the past month.

Program Host & Lecturer: Julia Bachrach

Julia Bachrach. Photo by Robert Knapp

Julia S. Bachrach has worked as a historian and preservationist for the Chicago Park District for more than 28 years. She has written extensively about historic landscapes, artwork and architecture within Chicago's public sphere. Her books include “The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks” and “Inspired by Nature: The Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago’s West Side.” She has contributed to several other works as well, including “Midwestern Landscape Architecture” and soon-to-be published “Art Deco Chicago,” and has produced a variety of digital media projects, such as smartphone tours, audio tours and a web-based guide to the park district’s art collection.

AIA/CES credits: 8 LUs

  • Single ticket purchase includes all four dates in the series: October 22, October 29, November 5 and November 12, 2019.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center on the day of the event. View the CAC's hours.
  • Discounted tickets are available with a valid student ID for $100 at the CAC Box Office.
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