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From historic buildings that escaped the Chicago Fire of 1871 to stunning contemporary designs, explore how Chicago's schools have been adapted for today's needs.

$8 public
FREE for CAC members
FREE for students
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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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Beginning with the first two-story structure in 1845 through to today’s collection of more than 640 schools, the changes in structure and design of Chicago’s public-school buildings have reflected evolving ideas about education, child development, health, and community.

This program is supported by a gift of the Gary family in memory of Myra Gary and in honor of the Docents’ 50th Anniversary.

Program Speaker: Maurice Champagne

Maurice Champagne

Maurice Champagne is in his 17th year as a CAC docent. He has created several new tours, including Jenny, Father of the Skyscraper and his Legacy, Preserving Chicago's Landmarks, Skyline Vistas, Holiday Lights/City Lights, Chicago Parks, Chicago Schools, and Architecture in the Round. Champagne has written extensively for CAC docent publications and published Building the Field Museum, available on He has also taught courses on the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and Art Nouveau at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

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