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Take a step back in time to 1969: gas is 35 cents per gallon, the “Chicago Seven” are on trial, the John Hancock Center tops off and architect Mies van der Rohe dies. We’ll review where Chicago was 50 years ago, both architecturally and culturally.

Free with RSVP
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Led by CAC Director of Interpretation Adam Rubin, this talk will focus on the evolution of Chicago’s built environment against the backdrop of demographic shifts, environmental issues and large local and national events occurring at the dawn of the 1970s.

Program Speaker: Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin is an architectural historian and has worked as a researcher, writer and preservation educator in cities across the country. He currently serves as Director of Interpretation at the Chicago Architecture Center. Prior to assuming this position, Adam contributed work to an historic resources study of properties along Chicago's North Lake Shore Drive, with an emphasis on the documentation of Modernist residential high-rises along the lakefront. Previously, Adam has developed and led public education initiatives and outreach programs focused on historic resources and landscapes at Docomomo US, Landmark West, the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Los Angeles Conservancy.

  • This event is intended for members only. Memberships start at $80.
  • Although this event is free for CAC members, advance registration is required.
  • All online transactions will be charged a $3 convenience fee. To avoid this fee, order tickets via phone 312.922.3432 or in-person at the CAC Box Office at 111 E. Wacker Dr.
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