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Tuesday, 17-May-2011

Chicago Architecture Foundation Offers October 14-16 Weekend.

– Chicago – Modeled after popular programs in New York, London and Toronto, the Chicago Architecture Foundation will offer more than 150 unique locations—all
free of charge—for the first openhousechicago


‘After-Five’ afternoon architecture tours

Thursday, 28-Apr-2011

Twelve “After-Five” Tours Keep People in the Loop — Chicago Architecture Foundation Offers Late Walking Tours and Cruises.

May through September.
April 27, 2011 – Chicago – People meeting up after work can take in an architecture tour and still get home for dinner. The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers after-work tours that take advantage of the sunsets on Chicago’s skyscrapers.


Chicago Architecture Foundation: Events, Tours: May through July 2011

Saturday, 23-Apr-2011


Cruise Season Begins

The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises features the incomparable Chicago Architecture Foundation docents and is a favorite with seasoned cruisers as well as first-timers.
Newhouse Competition Exhibition open May 27- June 11

Free, fun field trip for families and budding architects.  See Newhouse Architecture Competition entries by Chicago Public School students. Robert Morris University Gallery, 401 S. State Street in Chicago. Check http://www.architecture.org/ for exact times and days.
Vice to Nice: Transformation of the South Loop new tour Characters, corruption, renewal, and transformation – that’s the story of the south Loop. Hear stories of how this formerly seedy area has become a bustling area full of residents and students.
Pilsen Tour
May 1

Tour demonstrates how German, Czech, and Mexican immigrants have reshaped the cityscape of the Pilsen neighborhood.
Synagogues by Bus
May 1

An offshoot of the popular “Churches by Bus,” this tour explores Jewish history, traditions, and architecture.
Early Riser
tours start in June, Fridays at 7:30 am

An early-morning view of Chicago’s historic and modern skyscrapers. Perfect for people who get up and out early, especially out-of-towners with a full day.

June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.






Razzle Dazzle: Architecture Tour of Theater District
May 19, 21; June 16,
18; July 21, 23; 10 am

The bright lights of Chicago are the focus of a new walking tour of the Loop theater district. Includes 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 on a behind-the-scenes tour of The Chicago Theatre.
Skyscraper Express Tour,
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.
Skyscraper Walk through Time - 1-hour tour Mon, Weds at 10:30 am; Fri and Sat at 3:30pm

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 Program
May 15

Free programs are the perfect way to entertain the family.

Maps: Where do we fit in the world?
Chicago Model City a great place to start and end a tour

The exhibition includes a large, highly detailed scale model of Chicago. The scale is 1 inch to 50 feet, making the Willis Tower nearly three feet tall!



Studio Saturdays for high school students

Hands-on learning for teens.
May 21    Digitizing
June 18    Presenting



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

Highlights by Bus
Weds, Fri, Sat, Sun, 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 May 8,
22, 29, June 5, 12,19, 23, 30, July 10, 14, 17, 24, 30, 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.


45-min Lunchtime Building Tours

Great tours for springtime and early summer. Weekdays at 12:15pm. Tours include: the Willis Tower and 311 S. Wacker Drive, the Monadnock Building, Symphony Center, 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 http://www.architecture.org/ for meeting place for each tour. CAF members FREE; $5 non-members

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

May 14, 19, 28 June 11, 15, 25;  July 9, 20, 23; 12pm.

Docents examine the context for the Renzo Piano-designed Art Institute addition and its incorporation into the campus’s overall design.



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

Thirty-minute gallery talks introduce visitors to the ideas and themes behind the popular exhibition, Chicago Model City.  Free.

Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling Up Sustainability

Designed to bring attention to the need for sustainable neighborhoods, the exhibition includes suggestions to select a “smart” site as well as creating livable neighborhoods, all while reducing energy consumption. Free






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 http://www.architecture.org/

May 4

12:15pm / Lecture

Chicago’s Bridges
May 4

6pm / Course

Architectural Drawing
May 7

10am / Workshop

The Art of Arrangement: Getting More Out of Your Collection through Placement in the Home
May 10

6pm / Lecture

Secrets of the Stylists
May 11

12:15pm / Lecture

Chicago from the Sky:  A Region Transformed, 1985-2010
May 11

6pm / Course

Architectural Drawing


May 14

9:30am / Symposium

Harry Weese Reconsidered
May 15

9:30am / Tour

Harry Weese: Master Architect, Preservationist, and Civic Planner
May 15

11-3 CAFamily Programs

Maps:  Where do we fit in the world?
May 18

12:15pm / Lecture

Chicago’s Civil War: History, Memory, and Landscape
May 18

6pm / Course

Architectural Drawing
May 21

10:30am / Tour

Behind-the-Scenes: Studio Gang’s South Pond Project
May 21

10am-230pm/ Teen Programs – Studio Saturdays

May 25

12:15pm / Lecture

Popular Modernism:
Chicago’s Four-Plus-One
May 25

6pm / Course

Architectural Drawing
June 1

12:15pm / Lecture

The Complete Architecture of Adler and Sullivan
June 1

6pm / Course

Architectural Drawing
June 5

2:30pm / Tour

Behind-the-Scenes: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Avery Coonley House
June 8

12:15pm / Lecture

From Vicenza to Virginia: A Palladian Journey
June 8

6pm / Course

Architectural Drawing
June 15

12:15pm / Lecture

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago
June 18

10:30am / Tour

Behind-the-Scenes: The Baha’i Temple
June 18

10am-230pm/Teen Program – Studio Saturdays

June 21

5:30pm / Appetite for Design

June 22

12:15pm / Lecture

From Schoolhouses to Grand Palaces: The Development of the Modern High School in Chicago
June 29

12:15pm / Lecture

The Rebirth of Prentice
July 16
12pm / Appetite for Design
Girl & the Goat

Spring time marks start into Chicago River Cruises season

Monday, 11-Apr-2011

2011 — Chicago Architecture Foundation Goes Cruising – So Spring Must be Here.

The first Chicago Architecture Foundation architecture river cruise of the season is April 30 and tickets are available now. The architecture river cruise is offered aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises luxury cruising yachts, with open-air decks as well as air conditioned interior seating.

The cruise features the incomparable Chicago Architecture Foundation docents and is a favorite with seasoned cruisers as well as first-timers.  “Date night” cruises every Thursday and Friday evenings at 5:30 pm start in June.
All Chicago Architecture Foundation cruises depart from the lower level and southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive. The staircase to the ticket window and dock is marked by a blue awning. The 2011 Tour Schedule runs through November 20.

Advance tickets and information is available at www.ticketmaster.com/rivertour or www.architecture.org. The print-at-home option allows quicker check-in for passengers at the dock. Tickets are $35/person and are also available at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop, 224 S. Michigan Avenue, at the Chicago’s First Lady ticket window at the dock or by calling 1-800-982-2787. Group Rates/groups of 20 or more:  312-322-1131.


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