Chicago Architecture Foundation schedule for 2010's second trimestre - updated Print
Thursday, 08 April 2010 00:00

The Chicago Architecture Foundation has just added new bus, walking and train tours.

Here are the newly added events:

Wicker Park
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, much of this neighborhood was settled by immigrants who made their fortunes in the local economy.  This walking tour features eclectic architecture and outstanding Victorian residences where many famous Chicagoans from the past lived and worked. Sundays: May 23, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 24 - 1:00pm

Pilsen and the Lower West Side
This bus tour also includes short walking tours of this fascinating neighborhood on Chicago's near southwest side.  The tour shows how various immigrant groups, including German, Czech and Mexican, have shaped this neighborhood to reflect a wide range of cultural influences. Sundays at 12:30pm: June 27, August 8.
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Beverly:  Elegance on the Ridge
For 2010, this unique walk through one of Chicago's far southern neighborhoods has been split into two separate tours, each showcasing a different area of this landmark district.  Once home to some of Chicago’s wealthiest families, Beverly’s mansions are still among the most beautiful in Chicago. This is a neighborhood of trees, lawns, and beautiful landscapes—much like Chicago’s older railroad suburbs.
Part I:  Sunday at 1:10pm: April 25, August 8, September 19
Part II:  Sunday at 1:10pm: June 6, August 29, October 10

Lincoln Park Zoo:  The Architecture
Revitalized for 2010, this walking tour explores Chicago's famous zoo from the perspective of how the buildings and animal enclosures were designed and integrated into the landscape.  From historic zoo structures up to cutting-edge modern design, this tour adds new perspectives into this iconic institution.
Saturday at 10:30am: April 17, June 19, August 21
Sunday at 10:30am: May 16, July 25, September 19

Chicago Architecture Foundation architecture river cruise season opens
The official Chicago Architecture Foundation architecture river cruise season opens May 1, but tickets are available April 1. Cruises depart daily, throughout the date. New this year: two “date night” cruises every Thursday and Friday evenings at 5:30 pm starting in June. Check www.architecture.org  for other dates/times.

Symphony Center
Architect Daniel Burnham designed the building, but he was also a great patron of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra itself.  This one-hour lunchtime tour shows how the building has been adapted and expanded into a modern, world-class performance space while maintaining its unique historic character. First tour is April 5. Check www.architecture.org  for other dates/times.

Elevated Architecture:  Chicago's Loop by 'L'
This new train tour explores downtown Chicago from the unique perspective of its famous elevated train system.  The trains and platforms are raised up 20 feet over the street, allowing for a view of the city from a whole different viewpoint.  Tour includes a discussion of how the 'L' system developed and the opportunity to see some of the Loop neighborhoods it passes through. Check www.architecture.org for dates and times.

Original list of events included:

First cruise of the season is May 1 -- Chicago Architecture Foundation’s River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady starts cruising May 1. Advance tickets go on sale Thursday, April 1st. New this year: an evening cruise at 5:30 pm every Thursday and Friday, starting in June.

Neighborhood Tours Return for Spring
Wicker Park, Hyde Park, Gold Coast, Kenwood, Kenilworth, Evanston, Bridgeport and Beverly are just a sample of the neighborhood tours offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Details at http://www.architecture.org/tours.aspx

Chicago Model City Continues to Wow the Audience
Audio tours available too.

Lincoln Park Zoo:  The Architecture
Tour explores Chicago's famous zoo from the perspective of how the buildings and animal enclosures were designed and integrated into the landscape.  Saturday at 10:30am: April 17, Sunday at 10:30am: May 16.

Pilsen and the Lower West Side: new tour for 2010
This bus tour also includes short walking tours of this fascinating neighborhood on Chicago's near southwest side.  May 16, Sunday at 12:30pm.

Monthly CAFamily Studio Sundays
Free activities geared toward children ages 3 – 12 and their families; March 21, April 18, May 16. Drop in between 11am – 3pm.

35th Annual Chicago Architecture Foundation Gala, March 13
Proceeds benefit the Chicago Architecture Foundation and its youth education programs.

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 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 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
Fridays and Saturdays at 12:30pm
Twenty-minute gallery talks introduce visitors to the ideas and themes behind the new exhibition, Chicago Model City.

B Like Burnham
Exhibition helps visitors, especially families with children, understand the man, the Plan, and the legacy of Daniel H. Burnham.

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.

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 9:30am
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 over 30 miles of the city including: Barack Obama’s neighborhood, the Loop, Hyde Park, the Gold Coast, and historic neighborhoods and campuses.

Devil in the White City Bus Tour
March 7, 14, 18, 28; April 8, 11, 22, 25; May 9, 20, 23, 27, 30 at 10am.
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.

Farnsworth House PLUS by Bus
April 25, May 20 and May 30 at 9:30am. 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: new tour for 2010
This bus tour also includes short walking tours of this fascinating neighborhood on Chicago's near southwest side.  See how various immigrant groups, including German, Czech and Mexican, have shaped this neighborhood to reflect a wide range of cultural influences. May 16, Sunday at 12:30pm and throughout the summer.

DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS:

45-min Lunchtime Building Tours
Weekdays at 12:15pm CAF members FREE; $5 non-members
Tours include: The Reliance Building (Hotel Burnham), the Willis Tower and 311 S. Wacker Drive, the Monadnock Building, the Rookery, the Fine Arts Building, 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.

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

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

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

Tiffany Treasures in Chicago
Wednesdays at 3pm. This tour looks at the magnificent work of the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company 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
March 13, 17; April 10, 21; May 8, 19 at 12pm. Docents examine the context for the Renzo Piano-designed addition and its incorporation into the campus’s overall design.

Seats of Power tour
March 19 at 12:15pm. Tour City Hall/County Building, Daley Center and James R. Thompson Center.

Secrets of Grant Park
May 1st at 11:30am; Friday, May 7th at 4pm. Learn the stories behind Chicago’s lakefront park.

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

Saturdays in the Studio
Third Saturday of every month, 10am-2:30pm, March 20; April 17; May 29.
Design skill-building workshops open to high school students throughout the Chicago area.  Advance registration is required. For details, check www.architecture.org/saturday.html.

Wednesday Lunchtime Lectures continue
Wednesdays at 12:15 pm, The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers free lectures open to the public

March 3
12:15pm / LECTURE
Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home

March 10
12:15pm / LECTURE
The Daniel Burnham Memorial by David Woodhouse Architects

March 17
12:15pm / LECTURE
Chicago: City of Steel

March 20
10am-2:30pm
Saturdays in the Studio for high school students

March 21
11-3/program
CAFamily Studio Sunday

March 24
12:15pm / LECTURE
Last Four Miles: Completing Chicago’s Lakefront Parks

March 31
12:15pm / LECTURE
Walter Frazier: Frazier, Raftery, Orr & Fairbank Architects, Houses of Chicago’s North Shore, 1924-1970

April 1
6:00pm / COURSE
From Prairie to Skyscraper City: 1830-1910

April 7
12:15pm / LECTURE
Preserving the Past/Creating a Future: The Restoration of Chicago’s Marble Palace

April 8
6:00pm / COURSE
Prairie School

April 15
6:00pm / COURSE
The Legacy of Mies van der Rohe

April 17
10am-2:30pm
Saturdays in the Studio for high school students

April 18
11-3/program
CAFamily Studio Sunday

April 18
10am / TOUR
Pilsen by Bus and Foot

April 21
12:15pm / LECTURE
The Autobiography of Irving K. Pond

April 22
6:00pm / COURSE
Postmodernism through Today

April 28
12:15pm / LECTURE
Soldier Field and the Hopes of Chicago

April 29
6:00pm / COURSE
The City in a Garden: The History of Chicago’s Parks

May 5
12:15pm / LECTURE
Chicago Riverwalk

May 12
12:15pm / LECTURE
Transformative Systems

May 16
11-3/program
CAFamily Studio Sunday

May 19
12:15pm / LECTURE
Chicago’s Sustainable Branch Libraries

May 26
12:15pm / LECTURE
A Look at Frank Lloyd Wright's Organic Principles in the Context of Today's Sustainable Initiatives

May 29
10am-2:30pm
Saturdays in the Studio for high school students

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