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Learn how an abandoned railway freight yard was transformed into an important urban development called Illinois Center—home of the CAC. Join us on April 15 or May 9 to discover how Illinois Center was designed for people to “work, live and play.”

$8 Public
Free for CAC members

This program will be hosted on Zoom. You will receive an email directly from Zoom on the day of the program with details about how to access and view it.

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Program Speaker: Lorie Westerman

Lori Westerman

Lorie Westerman has been a CAC docent since 2006. She leads several CAC neighborhood tours and serves as the Tour Director for the CAC’s Pedway tours, including the Illinois Center Pedway tour. During this CAC Live program, Westerman will share interesting facts she has gathered through her extensive research into the history of one of the last Modernist projects of the Office of Mies van der Rohe. Discover the promises and controversies it generated at the time it was envisioned, improvements beyond the buildings that were included in the project and the ultimate transformation that has occurred in this once abandoned area. Photo by Kathleen Carpenter.

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