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Exclusively for CAC members • Hear fascinating stories about the multi-year, award-winning Chicago Riverwalk project, from two women who worked together to bring it to fruition: architect Carol Ross Barney and CAC docent Michelle Woods.

$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available)
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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Carol Ross Barney

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, has been in the vanguard of civic space design since founding Ross Barney Architects in 1981. Recently she worked on designing the Chicago Riverwalk. Other projects include the McDonalds' Chicago Flagship Restaurant, CTA Cermak-McCormick Place and CTA Morgan Street Stations, Bloomingdale / 606 Trail Master Plan, MultiModal Terminal at O'Hare International Airport and many more across Chicago and the U.S. Carol's work has been honored with over 100 major design awards, including six national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Institute Honor Awards, over 40 AIA Chicago Awards, two AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Project Awards, and the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award.


Michelle Woods

Michelle Woods has more than 25 years of experience in municipal government working for the City of Chicago. She is currently a project manager for the Department of Assets, Information and Services where she oversees the maintenance, operations and concession program for the Chicago Riverwalk. Woods previously worked for the Department of Transportation’s Division of Engineering on the design and construction of $450 million in infrastructure projects. She is a graduate of DePaul University, where she received a degree in Urban Studies and French, and became a CAC docent in 2019.

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