Chicago Architecture Foundation Events and Tours - January, February, March 2011 Print
Thursday, 06 January 2011 08:05


NEW THIS SEASON:


Razzle Dazzle: Architecture Tour of Theater District
The bright lights of Chicago are the focus of a new walking tour of the Loop theater district. Tour-takers also receive a 25% discount to a behind-the-scenes tour of The Chicago Theatre.

Palmer House Hotel evening tour, Jan 13, 6:00pm
The January evening Palmer House Tour returns! It includes a rare look at the world-renowned Penthouse! Plus a discount for dinner after the tour at Lockwood Restaurant.

Skyscraper Express, Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30pm
The city's most significant buildings from unique vantage points, that are surprising and enlightening for even seasoned Chicagoans.  A great alternative for the river cruise off season.

Meet HGTV’s Frank Fontana Jan 12
Celebrity designer gives tips on home design; shares his “Look for Less.”
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“Time machine” through skyscraper history Weds; Fri,10:30am; Sat,3:30pm
The 60-minute “Skyscraper Walk through Time” tour showcases a classic high-rise from each major era of skyscraper construction, from the early 1870s to the 21st century super-tall buildings.

Family Programs continue the 3rd Sunday of the month.
Free programs are the perfect way to entertain the family on a cold winter day.
January 16.2011 ABCDs of Architecture February.20.2011 Engineering Extravaganza March.20.2011 “Busy Buildings”

Chicago Model City a great place to start and end a tour
Trace your steps on many architecture tours. The exhibition includes a large, highly detailed scale model of Chicago. The scale of the model is 1 inch to 50 feet, making the Willis Tower nearly three feet tall!

AT HOME series
A new year-long program to guide and inspire people to make the best choices in the design and care of their homes.

STUDIO SATURDAYS
Hands-on workshops for high school students



EXHIBITIONS:
ALL FREE AND OPEN DAILY TO THE PUBLIC
224 S. Michigan Avenue
312 922 3432


Chicago Model City
Drawing tourists and locals alike, the Chicago Model City exhibition is free and includes a large, highly detailed scale model of Chicago. Includes audio tour as well as “Ask Me” docents to answer visitor questions. Visitors can rent listening devices from the shop or download the tour free from iTunes and from http://www.architecture.org/iTunes/AudioTourRSS.xml

Chicago Model City Gallery Talks
Mon, Fri and Sat at 12:30pm
Twenty-minute gallery talks introduce visitors to the ideas and themes behind the popular exhibition, Chicago Model City. Free.

Neighborhoods Go Green!
Free exhibition addresses applying green design to communities.  By thinking on a larger scale, the places where people live and work can be reorganized….and dramatically reduce the impact of people on neighborhoods—and on planet Earth.



TOURS:
CAF offers a variety of 85+ river, walking and bus tours. Find a full schedule and ticket prices at www.architecture.org.


BUS TOURS:

Highlights by Bus
Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 am. Bus tour explores architectural landmarks such as the Mies van der Rohe’s IIT campus, the Rookery in downtown Chicago, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. The tour covers more than 30 miles of the city including: President Barack Obama’s neighborhood, the Loop, Hyde Park, the Gold Coast, and historic neighborhoods and campuses.

Devil in the White City Bus Tour
Jan 23; Feb 13 at 10am.
Anyone who loved Erik Larson’s bestselling novel will love this tour. It chronicles the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the emergence of America’s first mass murderer.

Skyscraper Express
Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30pm
The city's most significant buildings from unique vantage points, some of which will be surprising and enlightening for even seasoned Chicagoans. Chicago Architecture Foundation's expert docents have crafted an insightful exploration of the downtown neighborhoods with great photo opportunities.

WALKING TOURS:


Razzle Dazzle: Theater District Tour, Jan 20, 22; Feb 17, 19; March 17, 10 am
The new Razzle Dazzle tour includes a look at four theaters along with stories about the history of public entertainment in Chicago----from the frontier days to vaudeville to legitimate theater. Tour-takers also receive a 25% discount to a behind-the-scenes tour of The Chicago Theatre.

45-min Lunchtime Building Tours
Great indoor tours for inclement weather. Weekdays at 12:15pm. Tours include: the Willis Tower and 311 S. Wacker Drive, the Monadnock Building, the Rookery, the Fine Arts Building, The Reliance Building (Hotel Burnham), and a tour of the Chicago Board of Trade, City Hall/County Building, the Daley Center, and the Thompson Center. Check www.architecture.org for meeting place for each tour. CAF members FREE; $5 non-members

Skyscraper Walk through Time –1- hour tour
Weds and Fri. 10:30am; Sat 3:30pm

Historic Downtown (South Loop): Rise of the Skyscraper
Daily at 10am

Historic Downtown (North Loop): Treasures
Daily at 2pm

Downtown Deco
Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am
Explore some of Chicago’s famous art deco interiors and exterior spaces.

Modern Skyscrapers
Daily at 1pm;

Tiffany Treasures in Chicago
Wednesdays at 3pm
Tiffany Glass examples in four late-19th century buildings: the Art Institute of Chicago, the Marquette Building, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Macy’s on State Street.

Modern Wing Tours – Art Institute of Chicago
Jan 8, 19; Feb 12, 16; March 12 at 12pm.
Docents examine the context for the Renzo Piano-designed Art Institute addition and its incorporation into the campus’s overall design.


LECTURES, EVENTS, and PUBLIC PROGRAMS:
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 www.architecture.org


January 5
12:15pm / LECTURE
Wisconsin’s Own: The Chicago Connection

January 12
12:15pm / LECTURE
Music and Architecture: Design, Aesthetic and Form

January 12
6pm / LECTURE
Frank Fontana’s Dirty Little Secrets of Design

January 15
10-2:30/ Hands-on workshops for high school students
STUDIO SATURDAYS

January 16
11 am to 3:00pm
CAFamily Studio Sundays -- ABCD’s of Architecture

January 19
12:15pm / LECTURE
Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive: Urban America’s Most Beautiful Roadway

January 22
10am / WORKSHOP
Green Furniture – Redesign It!

January 26
12:15pm / LECTURE
LEED® for Neighborhood Development™: The Chicago Region’s Emerging Sustainability “Killer App”

February 2
12:15pm / Lecture
The Complete Architecture of Adler and Sullivan

February 9
12:15pm / LECTURE
Louis Sullivan’s Banks: The Jewel Boxes

February 16
12:15pm / LECTURE
Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Research Tower

February 19
10:00am / WORKSHOP
Creating a Functional and Efficient Work Space with Style

February 19
10-2:30/ Hands-on workshops for high school students
STUDIO SATURDAYS

February 20
11 am to 3:00pm
CAFamily Studio Sundays -- Engineering Extravaganza

February 23
12:15pm / LECTURE
Howard Van Doren Shaw’s Ragdale House: Rites of Passage

March 12
10am
Outdoor Living: Creating a Garden Room

March 19
10-2:30/ Hands-on workshops for high school students
STUDIO SATURDAYS

March 20
11 am to 3:00pm
CAFamily Studio Sundays - “Busy Buildings”

For detailed information check: www.architecture.org - P 312.922.3432