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This calendar of Chicago architectural events is jointly sponsored by Repeat and the Chicago Architectural Club.

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   August 2, Tuesday

First Tuesdays Happy Hour and Meeting

5:30 - 7:30 P.M. - Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 W. Grand Avenue
Sponsor: AIA Young Architects Forum
Free event

All young architects are invited to these monthly gatherings. Learn what the Young Architects Forum does and bring us your ideas. Look for the table with a sign. If the weather is good, we'll be on the roof top.

Information: 312/670.7770

   August 4, Thursday

Access Living's New Headquarters

12:15 P.M. - Chicagl Cultural Center, Garland Meeting Room (1st floor SW) Accessible entrance at 66 E. Randolph
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown
Free Event

Brown Bag presentation.

Information: Friends of Downtown 312/458.9454

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

Program Committe meeting begins at 11:30 A.M. to review nominations to the National Register (Building at 2044-2048 W. Farwell Ave; Rogers Park Manor Bungalow Historic District, roughly bounded by W. Lunt, N. Western, W.
Farwell, and N. California avenues)
Regular Monthly meeting. 12:45 P.M., 33 N. LaSalle, Room 1600
Note: Permit Review Committee meets after Landmarks Commission - estimated start time 1:30 P.M.
Open to the public
August Agenda (Again requires Adobe Acrobat)

   August 9, Tuesday

Chicago Community Development Commission

First board meeting. 1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers
Open to the public

August Community Development Commission agenda

   August 10, Wednesday

Chicago Development Fund Commission

Monthly meeting. 1:00 P.M., City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 1003A
Open to the public

Last month, the Chicago City Council voted to established a Chicago Development Fund (CDF) as "an Illinois not-for-profit corporation with a primary mission of providing investment capital for development projects in low-income communities. The CDF intends to qualify as a Community Development Entity and apply for an allocation of tax credits under the federal government’s New Markets Tax Credits program. The tax credits can be converted into investment capital for development projects located in qualified low-income census tracts."

August Chicago Development Fund agenda

   August 16, Tuesday

Blue Vinyl

5:30 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 1049 Merchandise Mart
Sponsor: Environment KC
Free event for members, $15.00 for nonmembers
1 LU/HSW

Do you specify vinyl? Blue Vinyl is the Sundance award-winning, Emmy-nominated documentary film that explores the lifecycle of PVC plastic, the world's second-largest selling plastic. Over 14 billion pounds of PVC are currently produced every year in North America alone, 75% of which is used in construction materials. Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand has produced a toxic comedy, "a humorous but sobering and uniquely personal exploration of the relationship between consumers and industry." Watch the 98-minute film (popcorn provided) and participate ina structured discussion.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   August 18, Thursday

Farnsworth House PLUS by Bus

9:45 A.M. - 4:45 P.M.., tour leaves from Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.
Sponsor: CAF
$55.00 CAF members, $60.00 seniors and students, $65.00 non-members

Tour by deluxe motor coach traces the Chicago career of the 20th century’s most influential modernist architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, including a selection of his most important buildings and an extended visit to Farnsworth House, considered by many the iconic masterpiece of the Modernist movement. First stop is 860-880 North Lakeshore Drive, the buildings that launched the modern skyscraper, and the neighboring Esplanade Apartments. We enjoy views of the IBM Building (the last project directly supervised by Mies) and the Federal Center complex on the way to our next stop, the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Here we visit either the award winning S.R. Crown Hall or IIT Commons, Mies’s first “clear span” building, depending on availability. (Crown Hall is undergoing restoration). Then on to Farnsworth House, designed by Mies as an idyllic retreat on the Fox River and jointly owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Landmark Preservation Council of Illinois. The tour is led by CAF docents, with LPCI docents guiding at Farnsworth House, and includes a box lunch at the Homestead B&B in Plano (The Lewis Steward House, 1854), an evocative historic site that helps set the stage for Mies’s revolutionary vision.

Information: http://www.architecture.org/  Prepaid, non-refundable reservations required. Call 312/922-3432, ext. 240. Walk-ins are welcome if space permits.

Preserving a Piece of Mies - Part I

12:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 1049 Merchandise Mart
Sponsor: Historic Resources KC
Free event for members, $15.00 for nonmembers
1 LU/HSW

How do you preserve a modern twentieth-century masterpiece? Site manager Jodi Black (Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois) and Bill Dupont, AIA (Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust for Historic Preservation) will provide an overview of preservation and conservation efforts at Farnsworth House, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe which was purchased last year by LPCI and the Trust (with support from many individuals and AIA). Flood preparation and mitigation, thermal resistance, and managing the property for visitors are some of the issues. Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Hegeler Carus Mansion

12:15 - 1:00 PM - Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street
Sponsor: Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois
Free Event

Lecture by Carol Wynant, Pathfinder Consulting, on the Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle, an architectural masterpiece and a key to the rich history of the Illinois Valley.  Virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century ago, the mansion is at once a family home, an example of the high artistic achievement in architecture and interior design, and the site of historic accomplishments in industry, philosophy, publishing and religion.  Wyant will explore the mansion’s history and $12 million restoration

 
Information: Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois; 312/922.1742

Chicago Plan Commission

Monthly meeting. 1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers
Open to the public

August Plan Commission agenda

Tour: New Near North Precast

5:15 - 7:00 P.M. - 400 North Michigan Avenue
Sponsor: Historic Technical Issues and Design KCs
Free event for members, $15.00 for nonmembers
1 LU/HSW

Enjoy a trolley ride while viewing more than twenty architectural precast projects in River North and Streeterville. Building team members will discuss design options, precast systems used, and construction challenges on several key structures. Projects include NBC Tower, The Bernadin, 840 N. Lake Shore Dr., and North Bridge. Tour leaves at 5:30 p.m. from driveway in front of Wrigley Building. Beverages and appetizers included. Hosted by The Precast/Prestressed Producers of Illinois & Wisconsin.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   August 19, Friday

ReThink/ReDesign/ReCycle

12:00 P.M. - Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn
Sponsor: Young Architects Forum
Free event

The Young Architects Forum invites you to view - and use! - the entries of our first annual design competition, ReThink/ReDesign/ReCycle. The finalists in this search for proposals for an urban recycling receptacle will be on display in Daley Plaza. Opening ceremonies will begin at 12:00 p.m.

Information: 312/670.7770

   August 20, Saturday

Union Park Walking Tour

10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.. - Fieldhouse, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph
Sponsor: Friends of the Parks
$5.00

Tour historic Union Park, created and 1853, and learn its cultural significance. Speaker: Ted Dunn, Graduate Student, Historic Preservation Architecture

Information: Friends of the Parks   312/857/2757

Uptown Theater Community Portrait 2005

12:00 Noon. - in front of the Uptown Theater, 4816 N. Broadway
Sponsor: Friends of the Uptown, Uptown Chicago Commission, Uptown Community Development Corporation
Free Event

Poet Marc Smith emcees "Uptown Community Portrait 2005." Join community residents and architecture buffs as they pose in front of Chicago's largest surviving movie palace for a portrait that will replicate similar shoots taken at the theater's opening in 1925, and again in 2000. Actors from the Quest Theatre Ensemble costumed as colorful stilt walkers and rovers will entertain passersby on the street. The event is part of efforts to rescue to 4,000+ seat theater, an official Chicago landmark. Fans of the Uptown Theatre may show their support for the concept of renovating the building for an entertainment use by signing an ongoing, related online petition posted at www.compassrose.org.

Information, email to Friends of the Uptown, call 773/250.7665 or 773)/878.1064, or view the Web site.

   August 21, Sunday

Hyde Park Modernism Walking Tour - SOLD OUT!

Sponsor: Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond
Details to be announced

Guided walking tour of modernist houses including the Helstein house by Bertrand Goldberg and the Atrium townhouses by Y.C. Wong, University of Chicago buildings, and the Keck-Gottschalk-Keck landmarked residences. We'll also enjoy a guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House under restoration, and a guided tour of the exhibition, "Centers and Edges, Modern Ceramic Design and Sculpture, 1880-1980" at the Smart Museum of Art.

Information: Joe Kunkel, 312/371-0986

Farnsworth House PLUS by Bus

9:45 A.M. - 4:45 P.M.., tour leaves from Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.
Sponsor: CAF
$55.00 CAF members, $60.00 seniors and students, $65.00 non-members

Tour by deluxe motor coach traces the Chicago career of the 20th century’s most influential modernist architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, including a selection of his most important buildings and an extended visit to Farnsworth House, considered by many the iconic masterpiece of the Modernist movement. First stop is 860-880 North Lakeshore Drive, the buildings that launched the modern skyscraper, and the neighboring Esplanade Apartments. We enjoy views of the IBM Building (the last project directly supervised by Mies) and the Federal Center complex on the way to our next stop, the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Here we visit either the award winning S.R. Crown Hall or IIT Commons, Mies’s first “clear span” building, depending on availability. (Crown Hall is undergoing restoration). Then on to Farnsworth House, designed by Mies as an idyllic retreat on the Fox River and jointly owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Landmark Preservation Council of Illinois. The tour is led by CAF docents, with LPCI docents guiding at Farnsworth House, and includes a box lunch at the Homestead B&B in Plano (The Lewis Steward House, 1854), an evocative historic site that helps set the stage for Mies’s revolutionary vision.

Information: http://www.architecture.org/  Prepaid, non-refundable reservations required. Call 312/922-3432, ext. 240. Walk-ins are welcome if space permits.

Preservation Chicago Summer Benefit

2:00 - 5:00 P.M. - 2124 West Pierce Avenue (one block west of Damen, one block south of North)
Sponsor: Preservation Chicago
$25.00 ($20.00 for Preservation Chicago members)

Wicker Park Home and Garden Tour - tour historic homes and gardens in this beautifully preserved landmark neighborhood. (Rain date: Sunday, August 28th)

Information and RSVP, email Craig Norris

   August 22, Monday

DCAP Progress Report

5:30 - 7:30 P.M. - Merchandise Mart Conference Center, 350 N. Orleans Street, 2nd Floor
Sponsor: Interior Architecture KC
Free event
1.5 LU/HSW

Rafael Hernandez, executive director of the City of Chicago's Department of Construction and Permits, and his management team will give a progress report on his department, including highlights of Developer Services, Standard Review, and Expanded Self Certification.

Information: 312/670.7770

   August 25, Thursday

Tour: Hyatt Center

5:30 - 7:00 P.M. -- 71 South Wacker Drive - meet at Franklin Street entrance
Sponsor: Interior Architecture KC
Free event for members, $15.00 for nonmembers
1 LU/HSW

Tour Pei Cobb Freed & Partners' new office building for the Hyatt Corporation and other major tenants in the securities and legal community, and learn about:
* base building and lobby, from Mike Damore, AIA, designer at A. Epstein and Sons International
* Hyatt corporate offices, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (New York), from Laura Fisher, FAIA, Pritzker Realty
* Cafe 71 and health club from David Kasprak, AIA, Aumiller Youngquist PC

Herman Miller will provide refreshments for the tour. Advance registration is essential, due to the building's security requirements. Limited to 50 participants.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   August 27, Saturday

S.R. Crown Hall Reopening Festival

11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. - 3360 South State Street on the IIT campus
Sponsor: Illinois Institute of Technology, Mies van der Rohe Society
Free event

A day-long festival to mark the reopening of Mies van der Rohe's 1956 S.R. Crown Hall, closed this summer to undergo a complete restoration. A full day of family-friendly activities is being promised, including tours, a performance of "The Glass House," June Finfer's play on the creation of Mies's Farnsworth House, and "some of Chicago's top bands, all under a tent on Crown Hall's expansive lawn." .

Information, or call 312/567.5014.

   August 28, Sunday

Creating Sculptures from the Ornamental Systems of Sullivan

3:00 - 5:00 P.M. - Ruth Horwich Gallery. Hyde Park Art Center, 5307 South Hyde Park Blvd.
Sponsor: Hyde Park Art Center

Public reception for the opening of an exhibition of the work of sculptor Bernard Williams which introduces a new series of works that manipulate the decorative patterns found in the Chicago area landmarks by the architect Louis Sullivan. An updated version of Sullivan’s mantra “form follows function”, Williams insists that “form functions as structure”. Williams’ injects these sculptures with shapes excavated from our city’s landscape and freed from their facades provoking the viewer to reconsider the decorative features that surround us. Through October 28th.

Information, or call 773/324.5520.

 

 

 


     

 

 


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