Chicago Architecture Foundation Media Calendar: Events and Tour for July, August, September 2010 Print
Written by Susan Ross   
Thursday, 08 July 2010 08:48


NEW THIS SEASON:

Early Risers: Chicago Skyscrapers Walking Tour
Weekdays, 7:30 am
An energetic 60-minute walk through the Loop provides an overview of Chicago architecture, including the Marquette Building, the Rookery, Mies van der Rohe’s Federal Center, the Willis Tower, and the Trump Tower.

Elevated Architecture: Chicago’s Loop by Train
Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am.
Explore Chicago’s amazing architecture from the unique perspective of the elevated trains and station platforms.

Skyscraper Walk through Time – New 1- hour tour
Weds and Fri. 10:30am; Sat 3:30pm
Short walk through the Loop includes classic skyscrapers from each major era, from the early masonry buildings through the 21st century super-tall highrises.


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Lots to Do at Noon!

Lunchtime Tours: Big Buildings, Mini Tours
Weekdays at 12:15pm.

Lunchtime Lectures: Take a Midday Break
Drop-in lunchtime lectures provide the opportunity to engage in topics that relate to Chicago’s architecture and built environment.
Wednesdays,12:15pm; Sept. through June
Meet Up After Work: Sunset River Cruise and Happy Hour Tours

Evening sunset cruises at 5:30 pm every Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sunday.
Happy Hour walking tours every weekday at 5:30. Each tour ends at a restaurant where everyone receives a complimentary beverage.
Chicago Model City Continues to Draw a Crowd
Audio tours available too.


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 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! 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.


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

RIVER CRUISE:

Chicago Architecture Foundation architecture river cruise season continues. An in-depth look at a wide range of architecture – all from the vantage point of the river -- with commentary by Chicago Architecture Foundation’s legendary docents. Cruises depart daily, throughout the day. New this year: two “date night” cruises every Thursday and Friday evenings at 5:30 pm. www.architecture.org for other dates/times.

BUS TOURS:

Highlights by Bus
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30am. 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
July 6, 8, 18, 22, 24, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 26, September 5, 12, 16, 26, 30, October 3 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.

Farnsworth House PLUS by Bus
July 8, 18, August 1, 12, 29, September 16, 26 at 9:30am. All Mies van der Rohe. After exploring 860–880 N. Lake Shore Drive and the IIT campus, the bus travels to Plano, Illinois to see Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.

Pilsen and the Lower West Side- August 8th at 12:30 pm
Bus tour also includes short walking tours showing how immigrant groups, including German, Czech and Mexican, have shaped the neighborhood.

NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS:

Beverly: Elegance on the Ridge I – Aug 8; Sept 19; 1:10 pm
Beverly: Elegance on the Ridge II – Aug 29; 1:10 pm
This 1.5-mile walk showcases the city’s Longwood Drive Landmark District, located in one of the nation’s largest National Register Districts. Once home to some of Chicago’s wealthiest families, Beverly’s mansions are still among the most beautiful in Chicago.

Bridgeport Walking Tour – Aug 1; Sept 5; 1:00 pm
One of Chicago’s oldest neighborhoods (and home to five Chicago mayors), Bridgeport is a community of churches, corner taverns, and small working-class cottages. Come explore the colorful history of this historic South Side area tucked between the White Sox ballpark and the Chicago River.

Evanston Along the Lake Walking Tour – Sept 19, 2 pm
This walk through Evanston Lakeshore Historic District begins with a look at churches designed in Victorian Gothic, Romanesque, and Neoclassical and Georgian styles. Residential styles include Italianate, Queen Anne, Shingle, Chateauesque, Tudor, Prairie, and Modern.

Gold Coast Astor Street – July 14, Aug 11; 6 pm; Sept 11, 10 am
Gold Coast Dearborn Street – July 21`, Aug 18 6:30 pm
Discover the architectural treasures of one of Chicago’s most affluent neighborhoods. This storied Near North neighborhood was established in the wake of the Chicago Fire; developed against the commercial encroachment of the mid-20th century, and now experiences a new era of grandeur.

Hyde Park Walking Tour – Aug 1, Sept 12, 1 pm
Stroll through the handsome Gothic campus of the University of Chicago. Admire the rich history of this renowned South Shore neighborhood. Survey buildings from the 1860s to the 1950s, including the exterior of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House.

Kenilworth Walking Tour – north, July 18, Sept 19, 1 pm
Kenilworth Walking Tour - south, Aug 15, 1 pm
Developed in the late 1880s, by Joseph Sears as an ideal suburban village, Kenilworth is a treasure trove of buildings designed by distinguished Chicago architects.

Kenwood Walking Tour – Sept 11, 10 am
The Kenwood-Hyde Park neighborhood offers a remarkable collection of mansions and homes dating from the late 19th century. This South Side landmark district features works by Howard Van Doren Shaw, Frank Lloyd Wright, George Washington Maher, and Alfred S. Alshuler, among other notable architects.

Wicker Park Walking Tour – July 25, Aug 29, Sept 26, 1 pm
Learn the history of this North Side neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area was developed by various immigrant communities in the 1870s; today, it includes a mix of economic levels, with buildings ranging from mansions to working-class housing. At the heart of the neighborhood is Wicker Park itself, an active green oasis with a newly added statue of developer Charles Wicker.

WALKING TOURS:

45-min Lunchtime Building Tours
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 – New 1- hour tour
Weds and Fri. 10:30am; Sat 3:30pm

Historic Downtown (South Loop): Rise of the Skyscraper
Daily at 10am; Weds. At 5:30

Historic Downtown (North Loop): Treasures
Daily at 2pm: Thursdays at 5:30

Downtown Deco
Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am; Mondays at 5:30
Explore some of Chicago’s famous art deco interiors and exterior spaces.

Modern Skyscrapers
Daily at 1pm; Fridays at 5:30

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
July 10, 21, 24; Aug 14, 18, 28; Sept 11, 15, 25, at 12pm.
Docents examine the context for the Renzo Piano-designed Art Institute addition and its incorporation into the campus’s overall design.

Millennium Park Revealed
Friday and Saturday at 11am; Tuesdays at 5:30

Happy Hour Tours: Meet up with friends after work for a tour and a drink. 5:30 pm

Mondays Downtown Deco
Tuesdays Millennium Park Revealed
Weds. Historic Downtown (South Loop)
Thursdays Historic Downtown (North Loop)
Fridays Modern Skyscrapers
Lincoln Park Zoo: The Architecture
Saturday August 21st at 10:30am Sunday at 10:30am: July 25, September 19 Walking tour explores Chicago's famous zoo and how the buildings and animal enclosures were designed and integrated into the landscape.


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

September 1
12:15pm / LECTURE
Studio Gang: Recent Projects

September 8
12:15pm / LECTURE
A Look at R. Harold Zook’s Unique Architecture

September 15
12:15pm / LECTURE
National Public Housing Museum

September 22
12:15pm / LECTURE
Chicago Architecture in Motion

September 25
9am / TOUR
The Great Chicago Fire

September 29
12:15pm / LECTURE
Vanished Public Spaces: Office Building Modernization during the Great Depression

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


The Chicago Architecture Foundation is located at 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Current exhibition is Chicago Model City with a large scale model of Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. The Chicago Architecture Foundation pursues this mission through architecture tours, exhibitions, panel discussions, and youth and adult education programs. For further information visit www.architecture.org or call 312.922.3432 or become a facebook fan: www.facebook.com/chicagoarchitecture or follow on twitter: www.twitter.com/chiarchitecture