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Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience a book club led by the author himself! Richard Cahan, author of "Richard Nickel Dangerous Years: What He Saw and What He Wrote" tells the tale of how Chicago photographer and urban crusader Richard Nickel relentlessly strove to safeguard the city’s architectural legacy, most famously that of Louis Sullivan. In two 2-hour sessions, join Cahan and your fellow book-clubbers in exploring the indelible mark this legendary preservationist left on Chicago.

$50 public
$40 CAF members
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Readers are encouraged to bring their own copy of Richard Nickel: Dangerous Years. Book purchase is not included with Book Club registration fee. If you have any questions about the book or registration, please email


Wednesday, November 2, 6pm

This date has been cancelled. Week 1 now begins on November 9, 6pm.

Week 1
Wednesday, November 9, 6pm

Topics for the Introduction (pages 5-16):

  • Why Richard Nickel is important
  • The author’s research on Richard Nickel
  • How this book came together

Topics for Part I (pages 18-103):

  • History of the Institute of Design
  • History of architectural photography
  • History of historic preservation in Chicago

Week 2
Wednesday, November 16, 6pm

Topics for Part II (pages 104-209) and Part III (pages 210-261):

  • Works of Adler and Sullivan
  • Nickel’s photographs
  • Nickel’s letters
  • Nickel’s place in Chicago history
  • Nickel as a man who dreamed

  • Single ticket purchase includes both dates in the series, November 9 and 16, 2016.
  • Discounted tickets are available with a valid student ID for $45 at the CAF Box Office.