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The CAC’s annual Churches by Bus tour celebrates 25 years in 2020. Two CAC docents who lead the tour will share the evolution of church architecture in Chicago and highlight three local examples at this program on July 29 and August 29.

$8 Public
Free for CAC members

This program will be hosted on Zoom. Approximately 3 hours before the start of the program, you will receive a link directly from Zoom with details about how to access and view it.

If you do not receive your link 2 hours prior to the start of the event, please contact Please note, if you do not contact us at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

Churches that will be highlighted during this program include Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, built in 1856 and a survivor of the Great Chicago Fire; St. James Cathedral, also originally from 1856 but destroyed in the fire and rebuilt; and Saint James Chapel, built in 1920 and modeled after the 13th century masterpiece Sainte-Chappelle in Paris.


Joanne Linzer

Joanne Linzer has been a CAC docent since 2000 and is certified for multiple CAC building, bus and walking tours in addition to Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady. Her professional work in immunology and her interest in architecture came together in a master’s thesis on the architecture of the immune response. Linzer enjoys educating people about the vital importance of architecture. She Co-Tour Directs Churches by Bus with David Utech.


Dave  Utech

David Utech became a CAC docent “on a whim” in 2003 following his retirement from a career in school psychology. His longtime interest in architecture is a family matter, as Utech is the nephew of a Bay Area architect who trained under Mies van der Rohe, and the grandson of both a Chicago cut stone company’s draftsman and the chauffeur to the president of the American Terra Cotta Company in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He is Tour Director of Sacred Spaces in Downtown Chicago, the Merchandise Mart, and is certified to lead six additional CAC tours. He Co-Tour Directs Churches by Bus with Joanne Linzer.

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