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Join CAC docent Brian Kelly on July 1 or August 8 as he shares how innovative collaborations between merchants and architects, along with the emergence of architecturally significant department stores, brought a retail revolution to State Street.

$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.

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The emergence of department stores disrupted retail in the 19th and 20th centuries. CAC docent Brian Kelly leads this event's attendees on a virtual trip up Chicago's State Street to investigate the rise of consumer capitalism, exemplified by the massively influential, architecturally significant stores of Marshall Field and others.


Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly is a CAC docent and South Shore native. A branding consultant and retail maven with a degree in architectural history, Kelly’s unique perspective and fondness for both buildings and brands informs his views on intersections between them.

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