Chicago Architecture Foundation lists architecture tours and cruises for spring 2009

March 15, 2009 |

Start Cruising Like You Did Last Summer -- First cruise of the season is May 2 but tickets go on sale April 1 for the Chicago Architecture River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady.

 

ORD: Documenting the Definitive Modern Airport- open through May 1.

 

FREE CAFamily Programming- Studio Sundays for the whole family. March 15, April 19, May 17

 

Boom Towns exhibition open through May 1

 

EVENTS/PUBLIC PROGRAMS:

Free and located at the Chicago Architecture Foundation unless otherwise noted on the website. For more details on events and public programs visit www.architecture.org

 

EXHIBITIONS

ALL FREE AND OPEN DAILY TO THE PUBLIC

224 S. Michigan Avenue

312 922 3432

 

ORD: Documenting the Definitive Modern Airport- In the second half of the 20th century, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was the biggest and busiest facility of its kind in the world. Exhibition includes photographs that capture the Miesian-influenced modernism of O’Hare. Open Jan. 15-May 1, 2009.

 

Chicago: You Are Here–An engaging permanent exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Includes a scale model of downtown Chicago, along with images, artifacts and video presentations, encouraging visitors to explore the architecture, infrastructure and environment of Chicago.

 

Boom Towns! Chicago Architects Design New Worlds–Exhibition explores similarities and differences of boom conditions in two different centuries and two different geographies: Chicago in the 19th century and Asia and the Middle East today. February 12-May 1.

 



TOURS:

CAF offers a variety of 80+ river, walking and bus tours. Full schedule at www.architecture.org

 

BUS TOURS:

 

Highlights by Bus

Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:30am – March

Weds, Fri, Sat, Sun – April and May

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: the Loop, Hyde Park, the Gold Coast, several historic districts, university campus’, 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 architecture.org for full schedule,

 

Devil in the White City Bus Tour

March 12, 22 ; April 5, 7, 9, 16, 26: May 7, 10, 21, 24, 31.

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.

 

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Start cruising like you did last summer. Tickets go on sale April 1st for CAF’s world-famous Official Architecture River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady.   Cruises depart every day throughout the day starting May 2nd.

 

DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS:

 

Daniel Burnham: Architect, Planner, Leader

March 6, March 22, April 10, April 26, May 8, May 24 at 1:30pm: 

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

March 7, April 4, May 2, 10:30am: This 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.

 

River North: Transformation of a Neighborhood

May 31, 10:30am. After many years of transformation, River North has regained its neighborhood character and is home to thousands of new residents who have been attracted by its unique mix of old and new. This walking tour surveys an area which retains architectural gems from its residential and industrial golden age, alongside cutting edge designs from the 21st century.  

 

Green Inside Out

April 25 at 10:30 am. Addresses how architects have taken the environment into consideration throughout history in designing commercial buildings in the loop.

Sculpture of Lincoln Park

May 3 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

May 6, 9 at 10 am. Evanston has main-street charm but is becoming a skyscraper city, a battleground between developers and preservationists.

 

Preserving Chicago Landmarks

March 21; April 11, May 9, 30, 12:30 pm. 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

 

Modern Skyscrapers

Daily 1:00 pm

 

Historic Downtown (North Loop)

March:Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 2:00 pm

April and May:  Daily at 2:00 pm

 

Downtown Deco

March: Thursday, Saturday at 11:00am

April and May: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 11 am.

 

Tiffany Treasures in Chicago

Wednesdays 3pm

 

Great Chicago Places & Spaces:  Saturday, May 16

Great Chicago Places & Spaces is the annual celebration of architecture conducted by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. visit www.greatchicagoplaces.us.

 

LECTURES and PROGRAMS

 

MARCH



March 4

12:15 pm /Lecture

Homecoming: The Staybridge Hotel on LaSalle

 

March 7

10am/Workshop

Eco-friendly Landscaping Options in the Urban Environment

 

March 10

12:15 pm / Lecture

LEED for Schools

 

March 11

12:15 pm / Lecture

A Tale of Two Towers:  The Heritage and The Legacy on Millennium Park

 

March 15

11-3/ CAF family program Happy Birthday Chicago

 

March 18

12:15pm/Lecture

An Architectural Whodunit: The Renovation of “Carlson Cottage”

 

March 19

12:15pm/Lecture

Green Office Challenge

 

March 21

10am/Tour

Mid-Century Modernism at the University of Chicago

 

March 24

5:30pm/Lecture

The Dream for True Urbanism in the Middle East: Recent Planning and Development in Abu Dhabi

 

March 25

12:15pm/Lecture

One Museum Park East, Museum Park and the Central Station Planned Development

 

March 31

Three Sessions: 6pm/Adult Education Course

History of Chicago Architecture: Daring Design on the Prairie

 

APRIL

 

April 4

10am/Workshop

Ecology of Design

 

April 8

12:15pm/Lecture

Inside the Modern Wing

 

April 14

12:15 pm/Lecture

Tryon Farm: A Unique Conservation Community in LaPorte County, Indiana

 

April 15

12:15pm/Lecture

The Tribe Versus the City-State: An Architectural Conundrum for the Jewish Project (The Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie)

 

April 18

9:30am/Workshop

Overview of Green Home Remodeling Guides at Greenmaker Building Supply

 

April 19

11-3/CAF family program City in a Garden

 

April 20

6pm/Lecture

From the Microscope to the Macro-scope: Applying Biomimicry to the Built Environment

 

April 21

12:15pm/Lecture

Achieving LEED Platinum at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation of Evanston

 

April 22

12:15pm/Lecture

Sailing Spaceship Earth: Buckminster Fuller’s Environmentalism

 

April 22

6pm/Tour

Gensler’s New Offices in the Sullivan Center

Carlos Martinez, Gensler

 

April 23

12:15pm/Lecture

Green Office Challenge

 

April 24

12:15pm/Lecture

BIG: Blacks in Green

 

April 29

12:15pm/Lecture

Before Burnham: Private Planning and the Town of Pullman

 

MAY

 

May 6

12:15pm/Lecture and Book Signing

Planning in Chicago before the Plan of Chicago

 

May 9

10:30am/Tour

Buckminster Fuller: Starting With the Universe

 

May 12

12:15 pm/Lecture

Placeholder for Smith + Gill (confirmed)

 

May 13

12:15pm/Lecture

Connecting Art to Millennium Park: The Nichols Bridgeway

 

May 17

11-3/ CAF family program Animal Architecture



May 20

12:15pm/Lecture

Unlocking the Door to Daydreaming—Intimacy in Nordic and Midwest Modernism

 

May 21

12:15pm/Lecture

Green Office Challenge

 

May 27

12:15pm/Lecture

One and the Same: Burnham the Architect and Burnham the Planner

 

May 29

2pm/Conference

Burnham, Chicago and Beyond. Politics, Planning and the Progressive Era City



 

For detailed information check:

 www.architecture.org - P 312.922.3432

 

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Contact: Susan Ross, 312.922.3432 x254  sross@architecture.org

224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604-2500

 

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