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

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   May 1, Thursday

Fish Liberation Ceremony

12:00 P.M. - McCormick Tribune Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, Corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker Drive, Riverwalk Level
Sponsor: McCormick Tribune Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
$5.00 includes adoption fee for a baby bluegill and museum admission

To mark the occasion of the museum's spring opening, you can free a baby bluegill as a symbol of the return of wildlife to the Chicago River. The 200-fish liberation will take place right in front of the museum’s main entrance.

Information: 312/977-0227 or on-line

A Year in the Life of the CTA

12:15 P.M. - Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington,
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown
Free event

Come and hear what's new at the CTA and what the future holds for public transportation in Chicago.

Information: 312/458.9454 or on-line

Solar Hot Water and Heating: Is it Right for My Home?

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation. Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, seating limited.


Lecture by Joe Gordon, Renewal Energy Specialist, Solar Service Inc.
Homeowners can reap the rewards of solar hot water and heating systems with energy savings and environmental stewardship. But is it appropriate for your situation? Learn how solar works, what space in needed in a home, available funding, and cost benefits.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

12:45 P.M., City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 201-A , Permit Review Committee meets afterwards at 33 North LaSalle, Suite 1600
Open to the public

Commission meeting and schedule and agenda's on-line.

 

   May 2, Friday

Looptopia 2008

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 A.M., the morning after (otherwise known as Saturday) myriad locations throughout the Loop
Preenter: Chicago Loop Alliance
All events free, wristbands required after midnight

The nation’s first dusk until dawn artistic celebration, transforms and illuminates the Loop one magical night a year, as the Loop is transformed into a sensory playground celebrating arts, culture, architecture and insomniacs alike. 300 artists. 100 venues. 14 hours. Inspired by "White Night" events in cities like Rome, Paris, and Madrid, Looptopia made its successful debut as the first American event of its kind last year. Looptopia is energy, the Loop abuzz with activity, uncovering art, music, dance, theater, excitement and joy around every corner.

Among the events, the American Institute of Architects Chicago is designing and building iconic sculptures in conjunction with a performance by the New Millennium Orchestra. These installations are made from recyclables built by Chicago’s brightest architects. Teams from: 2PointPerspective, VRA Architects, Collaborative, Gensler, IIT, RTKL Associates and Friends, and Perkins+Will will participate.

Information: on-line.

   May 3, Saturday

anthony alofsin :: rethinking wright: updating the jeremiad

7:30 P.M. - Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park
Sponsor: Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
$20.00, $15.00 for members of the Restoration Foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

In the manner of a jeremiad—a biblical or literary critique of society’s conditions—award-winning architect, author, curator, educator and Wright scholar Anthony Alofsin looks at current factors affecting architecture, society and Wright’s reputation. Dr. Alofsin, who teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, was the 2006 recipient of the Wright Spirit Award from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

Information: 708/383.8873 or on-line.

   May 6, Tuesday

New Look at Precast Concrete and BIM

9:00 A.M - 4:00 P.M. - Council Training Center, 2140 Corporate Dr., Addison
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Technical Issues KC, IMI, PCI of IL & WI
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
4 LU/HSW

Topics include: Aesthetic Possibilities of Precast, Design and Detailing Considerations, Sustainability of Precast, and an outdoor demonstration of training and erection of precast panels. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Information and registration on-line.

Man, Machine, and Movement: The Parking Garage

5:00 P.M. - Burnham Conference Center at APA • 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600,
Sponsor: American Planning Association
Free event
CM 1.0

Since the late 1890s, parking garages have had a key role in shaping urban form. In this time, changes in transportation and structure technology have transformed our physical Shannon Sanders McDonald, author, The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Formlandscape. Through the lens of movement devices, and how people move through space, this talk will discuss the evolution of ramps, mechanization, and elevators in parking garages as well as how bicycles, electric vehicles, and advanced forms of transit have impacted structured parking. Shannon Sanders McDonald, author of The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Form, will use the parking garage to look at the synergy between architects, urban planners, environmentalists, and transportation planners as they grapple with integrating their various disciplines to create new ideas and solutions for man and machine in the 21st century

Information: 312/431.9100 or on-line

Excellence In Structural Engineering Awards Project Presentations

5:15 P.M., reception, 6:00, dinner, 7:00 P.M., program, Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S Michigan Ave
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
$45.00 members, $65.00 non-members

Finalists will present their projects at the Dinner Meeting in the Cliff Dwellers Club. With its stunning view of the Chicago skyline, this is an excellent venue to learn more about innovative new projects.

Reservations: contact Donna Childs at 312/726.4165 x200 extension 200 or via email. Information on-line.

Archeworks Final Project Review

5:30 P.M. - Archeworks, 625 North Kingsbury, at Ontario
Sponsor: Archeworks
Free Event, $8.00 donation for dinner

Final Project Review at Archeworks, Chicago’s alternative design school. Archeworks students will discuss their projects and report on research and developments to date. Schedule:

5:30 P.M., Bid for the 2016 Olympics: Engaging Chicago’s Communities, 6:15 P.M., Dinner ($8 donation), 6:45 P.M., Systematizing a Sustainable Natural Food Ecosystem with the Notebaert Nature Museum, 7:30 P.M., Design of Products for Stroke Survivors for Improved Work and Home Life (Year 3)

Register for this event, or call 312/867.7254. Information: on-line.

First Tuesdays Happy Hour

5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 West Grand Avenue.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Everyone is welcome - we'll be on the roof (weather permitting).

Information: 312/670.7770

   May 7, Wednesday

The History of Garfield Park and Community

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Julia Bachrach, Historian, Chicago Park District.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

Intentional Community Building: Cooperative Housing

5:30 - 7:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Housing KC
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

Cooperative and mutual housing takes many forms, from group homes to co-housing developments. Mark Fick, Chicago Community Loan Fund, focuses on affordable housing, suburban community developments, cooperatives, and community arts organizations. He will present a brief history of cooperatives; overview of advantages and challenges to developing and operating co-op housing; opportunities for utilizing shared resources; creating space for intentional community building; and use of limited-equity models.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

A Chicago Evening with Leon Despres

6:00 - 7:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event
- RSVP requested.

Kenan Heise, author, Chicago Afternoons with Leon: 99 Years Old and Looking Forward, will share a dialogue with Leon Depres on the early history of landmarks preservation in Chicago, and the vision the city needs for the future.

Former Fifth Ward Alderman Leon Despres served in the Chicago City Council from Kenan Heise and Leon Depres1955 to 1975 and introduced the first landmarks preservation measure in the Council. He initiated the successful fight to preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, and single-handedly led a Council effort to save Louis Sullivan’s Stock Exchange and Schiller buildings. He joined the picket lines and was involved in the strategy sessions in both cases. He also served on the City Planning Commission from 1979 to 1989 and fought to preserve a long list of other architectural treasures. His late wife of 75 years, Marian Despres, was a founding member of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and served as chairman in the mid-1970s. She is credited with starting the docent program and handed out diplomas to the first graduates in 1971.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line. RSVP via email.

ARE Study Hall

6:00 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE and LEED study materials are available in an unstructured setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

   May 8, Thursday

Designing for Three Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

12:00 - 1:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago IFRAA KC
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
1 LU/HSW

Suzanne Morgan, AIA, president and founder of the Center for Religious Architecture, will lead a discussion about the belief traditions of these three religions and how expressions of these traditions are manifest in three local buildings: North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe; St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Libertyville; and Islamic Center of Greater Chicago in Northbrook

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Man, Machine, and Movement

12:15 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture FoundationThe Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Form, by Shannon S. McDonald
Free event, seating limited.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Shannon S. McDonald, AIA, author of The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Form, who will address the parking garage as it relates to the larger issues of how we move in space, and future implications for architecture, the environment, planning, transportation and their interrelationships. Ms. McDonald will present an overview of the evolution of the parking garage as related to these issues from the late 1890's into creating new ideas for the future. A book signing will follow in the CAF Shop.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

“The History of the L”

12:15 P.M. - Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph
Sponsor: Friends of the Parks, Chicagoland Bicycle FederationThe Chicago "L", by Greg Borzo
Free event

Join the author of The Chicago “L,” Greg Borzo, as he discusses his popular new book. Mass transit never looked so good! Travel with him through time as he presents slides portraying the growth and development of one of America’s greatest, most enduring icon. The “L” has been running 24/7 for 115 years. Come learn how it came to be and why it needs to be preserved.


Information: 312/857.2757  or on-line

New Members Reception

5:30 - 7:30 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago

Those who joined AIA in the past year are invited to the chapter office to meet members of the board of directors and staff, and learn about AIA - Chicago, Illinois, and national. New members will receive additional information about the event.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   May 9, Friday

Tour: Smart Home, Green + Wired

9:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. - Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St. and S. Shore Drive
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment and Housing KCs
$18.50, $9.00 for MIS members. Limited to 50 participants
2.5 LU/HSW

During its 75th anniversary year, The Museum of Science and Industry will build a functioning, three-story modular and sustainable home in its own backyard to showcase the ways, big and small, that people can make eco-friendly living part fo their lives - and to Smart Home, Museum of Science and Industry, highlight unique home technologies for the 21st century. A 2500 s.f. home and garden will be built on the east side of the historic museum. We will be the first group to tour the Smart Home which opens on the evening of May 8. Enter MSI's Great Hall and look for a welcome table from which you will be directed to the house which is outside the museum. We will be divided into small groups to visit the house: each tour lasts approximately 20 minutes. There is an orientation center to view before and after your tour, as well as a Green Garden created by University of Illinois. After the tours, we'll meet with Smart Home designer Michelle Kaufmann, AIA (Michelle Kaufmann Designs) at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Metamorphosis - Archeworks Benefit 2008

6:00 P.M. cocktails and silent auction, 8:00 P.M., dinner and live auction- Notebaert Metamorphosis - Archeworks Benefit 2008Nature Museum, 2430 North Cannon Drive
Sponsor: Archeworks
$300.00, Regular Table of 10, $3,000, VIP Table of 10, $5,000

The annual gala benefit for Archeworks, Chicago's Alternative Design School, honoring
Stanley Tigerman and Eva Maddox, welcoming Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn, and featuring a live auction of drawings by internationally renowned architects, designers and artists and a silent auction of one-of-a-kind architectural artifacts, experiences and items.

Download for this event, or call 312/867.7254. Information: on-line.

   May 10, Saturday

Tour: Design in the Age of Darwin: From William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright

12:15 - 1:15 P.M. - Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Historic Resources and Design KCs
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members, limited to 30 partipants, preference given to AIA Chicago members
1 LU/HSW

What is the origin of decorative forms? The exhibition, Design in the Age of Darwin: From William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright, looks at the 19th and early 20th century Sullivan ornament, from the exhibition, Design in the Age of Darwin: From William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright, at the Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanstondebate over the sources of design ideas and considers a "previously unrecognized relationship between evolutionism and English and American decorative arts during the half-century following the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species (1859).... It set the stage for the subsequent, epochal development of 20th-century Modernism when the next generation of great masters and designers sought to discover new rules of form and development, based upon unchanging types, or the idea of functionalism." NU art historian and curator Stephen Eisenman will lead a special tour, after which you can peruse the extensive exhibit on your own.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   May 13, Tuesday

O'Hare Modernization Program

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation. Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, seating limited.
AIA/CES 1

Presentation by Rosemarie S. Andolino, Executive Director, O'Hare Modernization Program. The award-winning O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP) has embraced Mayor Daley’s “green” vision by creating the OMP Sustainable Design Manual, a nationally-recognized document that has allowed the City to evolve into the leader for environmental stewardship in design and construction for civil projects.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

Chicago Community Development Commission

1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers, 121 North LaSalle
Open to the public

Monthly meeting.

Meeting schedules and agenda's on-line.

People Who Shape Our World: Lise Anne Couture

6:00 P.M. - MCA Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art
Sponsor: Museum of Contemporary Art Hydrapier Pavilion 2002., Asymptote, architects
Free event, tickets required, $3.00 nonrefundble handling fee for phone and online orders.

Renowned architect of Asymptote in New York City, Lise Anne Couture has made exceptional contributions to the progress and merging of art and architecture. With recent innovative projects such as the award-winning HydraPier Pavillion in the Netherlands; a proposal for a new Guggenheim Museum in Guadalajara, Mexico; and groundbreaking art installations at Documenta and the Venice Biennale, Couture is at the forefront of technological innovation in the physical realm.

Register for this event, or call 312/397.4010. for reservations for more information, also on-line

Architectural Registration Exam – Structural Review Workshop

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Jennifer Traut, EIT (BSAS – UIUC, MARCH, Structures Option – UIUC, Larson Engineering, Inc.), will be leading a review workshop specifically targeting the structural material covered by the Architectural Registration Exam. Participants will be able to submit questions prior to the event and the most common will be addressed in an opening presentation. The workshop will walk participants through several typical exam problems, explaining basic static’s concepts in the process. An e-mail will be sent to registered participants a few days before the program, requesting questions you'd like Ms. Trout to address.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   May 14, Wednesday

Teaching Through Planning

12:00 - 1:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Regional & Urban Design KC
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
1 LU/HSW

Last October, under the auspices of IIT's new International Center for Sustainable New Cities, students from IIT, UIC and University of Chicago worked with Chinese students atDongtan Eco-City, China Tongji University in Shanghai on Dongtan Eco-City (Arup). Harry Mallgrave, AIA, director of the International Center, will explain the new program, the goal of which is to create an interdisciplinary team, not unlike those in the professional world, and give the students a sense of the complexity of design and planning issues they will inherit. Bring lunch; beverages provided.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Completing the Vision of Modern Classic Architecture: the Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by David J. Mann, AIA, Principal, Booth Hansen.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

ARE Study Hall

6:00 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE and LEED study materials are available in an unstructured setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

   May 15, Thursday

The Credit Crunch - Nine Months Later: When Will it End and How is it Impacting Commercial Real Estate?

7:45 A.M. registration, continental breakfast and networking, - 8:15 A.M. , Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Chicago Hotel, 1 West Wacker
Sponsor: ULI Chicago
$40.00 members, $50.00 non-members, $10.00 full-time students

Thomas J. Danilek, Senior Vice President, Hines and Douglas W. Lyons, Managing Director, Transwestern Investment Company, will address the current status of the credit crunch and its effect on the commercial real estate sector. Discussion points will include: What will cause credit to become more available? Are we in a new era of deleveraging? Is equity being re-priced in the market? Are yield requirements going up? Will assets that are being brought to the market trade? Do underlying real estate fundamentals remain strong? What opportunities exist for investors in the current environment?

Information and registration: On-line (May 12th deadline for pre-registration)

Teardowns, Facadism & the Spaceship

12:15 - 1:00 PM - Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center Landmarks Illinois Preservation Snapshots Lecture
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois
Free Event

To celebrate Preservation Month, outgoing Landmarks Illinois president David Bahlman looks at key issues from the past decade and ahead.

Information: On-line or call 312/922.1742

Chicago Plan Commission
1:00 P.M. , 121 North LaSalle, City Council Chambers
Open to the public

Monthly meeting.

Schedule of meetings and agendas on-line.

Great Chicago Conversations: Paul Goldberger and Lee Bey

6:00 P.M. (doors open at 5:15 P.M.) - The Cindy Pritzker Auditorium ,Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street Paul Goldberger and Lee Bey in conversation for Great Chicago Places and Spaces 2008
Sponsor: Great Chicago Places and Spaces
Free Event, seating limited

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Landmarks Ordinance and the 10th Annual Great Chicago Places and Spaces, Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winner and architecture critic for The New Yorker, will discuss where historic preservation is going at the beginning of the twenty-first century, as well as the state of architecture and how Chicago compares to other cities around the country. Joining Goldberger will be Lee Bey, Executive Director of the Chicago Central Area Committee, writer, adviser, professor and critic specializing in architecture.

Information: On-line

Richard Rogers

6:00 P.M. , Rubloff Auditorium, Art Institute of Chicago
Sponsor: Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago
$15.00 general public, $10.00 A&DS members, $5.00 students

Pritzker-Prize winning architects Richard Rogers will deliver this year's Nutler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture. Rogers' works include the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Lloyd's of London (1978-1986), Terminal 4, Barajas Airport in Madrid (1997-2005), which was awarded the 2006 Stirling Prize, the masterplan for the Municipality of Almada in Lisbon, Portugal (2002-06), and the design for a 71-story tower for the World Trade Center site at 175 Greenwich Street in New York, currently under construction.

Reservations: On-line (good luck) or call 312/443.3631.

Tour: Modern Wing at the Art Institute

6:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Design KC
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
1 LU/HSW

Registration for this tour is closed. No phone calls or walk-ins please.

   May 16, Friday

IIT College of Architecture 2008 Open House

5:30 - 8:30 PM - Illinois Institute of Technology, S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 South State.
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free Event

Annual exhibition of student work. Student Awards Ceremony is at 6:30 P.M.

Information: On-line or call 312/567.3230

   May 17, Saurday

Great Chicago Places and Space

8:30 A.M. - 4:15 P.M. - registration for Event Day Tours begins at 7:30 A.M. the morning of the tour at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan. Unless otherwise noted, Event Day tours depart from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Registration for advance registration tours opens April 29th and ends 5 P.M. on May 9th, and can be accessed here.
Sponsor: Great Chicago Places and Spaces
Free Events, tickets required. $3.00 handling fee for each advance registration tour ticket.

Established in 1999, the 10th Annual Great Chicago Places & Spaces (GCPS) festival honors the immense breadth and depth of architecture, design and planning that the Windy Great Chicago Places and Spaces 2008City has to offer. This year's schedule features over 200 free tours, events and activities downtown and at community sites throughout Chicago, including programs designed to inspire the imaginations of young children and much more. Highlights include tours of the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the new Spertus Institute and the Center on Halsted, as well as Chocolate Tours, city jogging tours, boat tours and rooftop garden tours. The newly expanded GCPS Kids! program seeks to encourage budding architects and the builders of tomorrow, including a treasure hunt, constructing with LEGO® building blocks and a 'walk & sketch' architecture adventure tour. Great Interiors allows for self-guided tours exploring select architectural marvels, many of which are not regularly open to the public. Select audio tours are also offered, compliments of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Information: On-line Saturday advance registration tours here. Saturday event day tours here. Tour update info here.

 

   May 18, Sunday

Great Chicago Places and Space

8:30 A.M. - 4:15 P.M. - registration for Event Day Tours begins at 7:30 A.M. the morning of the tour at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan. Unless otherwise noted, Event Day tours depart from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Registration for advance registration tours opens April 29th and ends 5 P.M. on May 9th, and can be accessed here.Great Chicago Places and Spaces 2008
Sponsor: Great Chicago Places and Spaces
Free Events, tickets required. $3.00 handling fee for each advance registration tour ticket.

Established in 1999, the 10th Annual Great Chicago Places & Spaces (GCPS) festival honors the immense breadth and depth of architecture, design and planning that the Windy City has to offer. This year's schedule features over 200 free tours, events and activities downtown and at community sites throughout Chicago, including programs designed to inspire the imaginations of young children and much more. Highlights include tours of the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the new Spertus Institute and the Center on Halsted, as well as Chocolate Tours, city jogging tours, boat tours and rooftop garden tours. The newly expanded GCPS Kids! program seeks to encourage budding architects and the builders of tomorrow, including a treasure hunt, constructing with LEGO® building blocks and a 'walk & sketch' architecture adventure tour. Great Interiors allows for self-guided tours exploring select architectural marvels, many of which are not regularly open to the public. Select audio tours are also offered, compliments of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Information: On-line Sunday advance registration tours here. Sunday event day tours here. Tour update info here.

   May 20, Tuesday

Energy Producing Buildings

5:30 - 7:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KCPearl River Zero Energy Tower, Guangzhou, China, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, architects
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

Learn from Roger Frechette, III, MEP director at SOM, about Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China, a 71-story, 2.3 million s.f. building designed for net-zero energy consumption: utilizing wind turbines, solar energy, microturbines, radiant cooling, and reusing exhaust air. The building is actually expected to produce more energy than it uses. Roger will also speak on other buildings under development.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   May 21, Wednesday

Chicagoland Masonry Expo

8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. - District Council Training Center, 2140 Corporate Dr., Addison
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Technical Issues KC, International Masonry Institute
Free with pre-registration
6 LU/HSW

This full-day event for architects, engineers, and contractors includes eleven different masonry seminars and hands-on demonstrations. Topics include: Masonry for Sustainability, Ventilated Screen Walls, Masonry Flashings, Structural Masonry Basics, Adhered and Anchored Veneer, Self Consolidating Grout, and many others. Material suppliers will have tabletop displays and literature, and there will be bricklaying demonstrations. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Information and registration on-line.

Risky Business II: What Clients Really Want

12:00 - 1:30 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Practice Management KC
$15.00, free for members
1.5 LU

This workshop (second in a series) addresses the occasional disconnect between how design professionals define quality versus how their clients see it. Paula Dixon (Holmes Murphy & Associates) will moderate a panel of clients including Quentin Bruhn, Northwestern University; Neal David, AIA, Lincoln Park Zoo; and Kristin Conry, AIA, Global Hyatt. How can architects better understand their clients' perspective? Bring lunch; beverages provided.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Landscape Art Under Glass:The Garfield Park Conservatory

12:15 - 1:00 P.M. - John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago'Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Jo Ann Nathan, Director, Jens Jensen Legacy Project.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line
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Between Two Domes: Inside the Tiffany Dome Restoration

6:00 - 7:30 P.M., Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington Street
Sponsor: Chicago Cultural Center
Free event

Nearing completion, team members of the Preston Bradley Hall Tiffany dome restoration Tiffany Dome restoration, Chicago Cultural Centerwill present insider observations and discoveries behind the world's largest Tiffany dome - how it came to be in Chicago, and how it will soon glow brilliant with daylight once again. The panel will include architectural historians, preservation specialists, conservators and lighting designers to describe the historical background of the dome and explain the full gamut of work involved in its resurrection.

Information: 312/744-6630 or on-line
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ARE Study Hall

6:00 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE and LEED study materials are available in an unstructured setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

   May 22, Thursday

ArchiTECH Forum: Which is Right for You?

6:00 - 7:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event
1LU

How do you choose architectural software and use it in your practice? This forum will explore possibilities of various products and the pros and cons of each. How does software affect the final design? Speakers will include Colin Franzen (SOM) introducing Rhino, Marc Teer, AIA (Gensler) showcasing Revit, Jorge Barrero, Assoc. AIA (Gensler) discussing Sketchup, and Eric Schall (SOM) presenting Maya..

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   May 28, Wednesday

Canadian Influences in the Chicago School

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Darrel Babuk, AIA, Senior Associate, DLK

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line.

ARE Study Hall

6:00 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE and LEED study materials are available in an unstructured setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

   May 29, Saturday

visit chicago city hall’s green roof :: close to nature*

2:00 P.M. - Chicago City Hall
Sponsor: Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
$20.00, $15.00 for members of the Restoration Foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

Skyscrapers surrounding Chicago City Hall look down on a critical element in Mayor Richard M. Daley’s plan to make Chicago the greenest city in America: the first city-sponsored green roof in the U.S. Designed by William McDonough & Partners, this eco-friendly roof is rarely accessible to the public. Join UTRF on site for an exclusive tour led by the Department of Environment. Limited to 20; registration required..

Limited to 20; registration required.

Information: 708/383.8873 or on-line.