Chicago Architecture Foundation's Calendar for the Quarter Print
Friday, 03 July 2009 11:42

Chicago Architecture Foundation announced their events and tours for July, August, September 2009


Highlights By Bus Tour includes Barack Obama’s Neighborhood.
Tour covers 30 miles of Chicago architecture, including Barack Obama’s neighborhood. See for dates and times.

Modern Wing Tours – Art Institute of Chicago
In partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation docents reveal the context for the Renzo Piano-designed addition and show how it fits into the overall design of the campus.  See for dates and times.

Chicago Model City Gallery Talks
July 10 - November 20, Fridays and Saturdays at 12:30pm
Twenty-minute gallery talks introduce visitors to the ideas and themes behind the new exhibition, Chicago Model City.  Visitors learn how a region as vast and complex as Chicago takes shape as a result of various planning efforts, both big and small.  For more information visit  Free.

CAFamily Studio Sundays return in September!
Sunday September 20, 11am – 3pm and every third Sunday of the month, the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers free hands-on activities, walking tours, stories, and more for families with kids ages 3 – 12. 
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Chicago Model City
A highlight of the citywide Burnham celebration, Chicago Model City consists of a large, highly detailed scale model of Chicago, photographs, maps, videos, and computer animations. The scale of the model is 1 inch to 50 feet, making the Sears Tower nearly three feet tall! Open through November 20.

B Like Burnham
This exhibition helps CAF visitors; especially families with children understand the man, the Plan, and the legacy of Daniel H. Burnham. Open through November 20.

Chicago: You Are Here–An engaging permanent exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation provides images, models, artifacts and video presentations, encouraging visitors to explore the architecture, infrastructure and environment of Chicago.

CAF offers a variety of 80+ river, walking and bus tours. Find a full schedule and ticket prices at

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
CAF’s world-famous Official Architecture River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady depart every day throughout the day. New this year: an evening cruise runs every Thursday at 5:30, perfect for date night or an after-work meet-up. See for full schedule.


Highlights by Bus
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 am
This three and a half hour bus tour highlights Chicago’s wide range of architectural influence and design, and covers 30 miles of the city including: including Barack Obama’s neighborhood, the Loop, Hyde Park, the Gold Coast, several historic districts, university campuses, parks, and residential neighborhoods. Every tour features the Mies van der Rohe’s IIT campus and the Rookery in downtown Chicago. Some tours visit the interior of H.H. Richardson’s Glessner House and some visit Robie House.
Check for full schedule.

Devil in the White City Bus Tour
July 7, 9, 19, 23; August 4, 9, 13, 23; September 1, 6, 10, 24, 27 at 10 am.
This compelling bus tour and slide presentation is based upon Erik Larson’s bestselling novel that chronicles the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the emergence of America’s first mass murderer.


Happy Hour Tours
People working in the Loop and visitors alike always enjoy the Happy Hour walking tours given every weekday at 5:30 pm.  There’s a different tour each day, each ending with a complimentary drink at a local restaurant. See for full schedule.

Daniel Burnham: Architect, Planner, Leader
July 5, 10, 19, 24; August 9, 21; September 6, 18 at 1:30 pm. See for full schedule
Created for the centennial celebration of the 1909 Plan of Chicago, this walking tour explores Burnham’s career using examples of his work in the Loop. Learn about Burnham’s impact on the architecture and planning professions as well as his unique ability to work with creative talent and community leaders to accomplish great feats.

Palmer House
August 1 at 10:30am: This new 45-minute walking tour goes behind the scenes of this remarkable Chicago landmark. One of the oldest continuously-operated hotels in the world, the restoration of this historic treasure is an inspiring tale of perseverance, talent, and vision.

Sculpture of Lincoln Park
July 12, Aug 7, Sept 11, 27 at 10 am.  From the famous statue of Abraham Lincoln by Augustus Saint-Gaudens to the towering Ulysses S. Grant monument that overlooks Lake Shore Drive.

Evanston Downtown
July 8, 11, Aug 5, 8, Sept 9, 12 at 10 am. Evanston has main-street charm but is becoming a skyscraper city, a battleground between developers and preservationists.

Preserving Chicago Landmarks
July 11; Aug 8; Sept 12 at 12:30 pm. This tour explores why choices to preserve are made and how those decisions shape the future of Chicago.

Historic Downtown (South Loop)
Daily at 10:00 am and 3:00pm, Weds at 5:30 (no 3:00pm on Weds)

Modern Skyscrapers
Daily 1:00 pm, Fridays at 5:30 pm.

Historic Downtown (North Loop)
Daily at 2:00 pm, Thursdays at 5:30 pm.

Downtown Deco
Daily: Mondays at 5:30 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 11 am

Tiffany Treasures in Chicago
Wednesdays 3 pm

Free and located at the Chicago Architecture Foundation unless otherwise noted on the website. For more details on events and programs, see below or visit

July 1
12:15 pm / Lecture
Uptown: Portrait of a Palace

July 8
12:15 pm / Lecture
Outside In: fc STUDIO inc.

July 15
12:15 pm / Lecture
Benjamin H. Marshall: Architect and Bon Vivant

July 16
6 pm  / Tour
Tour of HOK’s new office in the CNA Building
*Meet in the lobby of the CNA Building, 60 East Van Buren Street

July 22
12:15 pm / Lecture
The Book of the Fine Arts Building

July 29
12:15 pm / Lecture
Edward H. Bennett: City Planner and Urban Designer

No lectures in August

September 2
12:15pm / Lecture
Toward a Comprehensive Survey of Art Deco in Chicago

September 8
12:15pm / Film screening
Green Towns USA: A New Deal

September 9
12:15pm / Lecture
David Hovey: Design and Development of Two 675-Unit Multi-Family Projects in Chicago, IL and Scottsdale, AZ

September 12
10am / Workshop
Visit to the ReBuilding Exchange
*Meet at 3335 West 47th Street, Chicago, IL

September 16
12:15pm / Lecture
Chicago Central Area Action Plan

September 20
11am – 3pm / Event
CAFamily Studio Sundays: free activities for families with kids ages 3 – 12

September 23
12:15pm / Lecture
Beyond Burnham:  An Illustrated History of Planning for the Chicago Region

September 26
10am / Tour
Tour of Serta Headquarters
*Meet at the entrance to the Serta Headquarters, 5407 Trillium Blvd, Hoffman Estates

September 30
Hidden Truths: the Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park

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