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Chicago Architecture Center The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, is a nonprofit organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages.
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How did Chicago became the “city of architecture”? How did neighborhoods evolve? See Chicago’s residential architecture,...
08/24/2021

How did Chicago became the “city of architecture”? How did neighborhoods evolve? See Chicago’s residential architecture, discover architects who shaped the city and view new up-and-coming projects at the Chicago Architecture Center.

https://bit.ly/3B85ZZD

#Chicago #architecture #design #cityofarchitecture #neighborhoods #urbanplanning #housing #residentialarchitecture #architects #CAC

How did Chicago became the “city of architecture”? How did neighborhoods evolve? See Chicago’s residential architecture, discover architects who shaped the city and view new up-and-coming projects at the Chicago Architecture Center.

https://bit.ly/3B85ZZD

#Chicago #architecture #design #cityofarchitecture #neighborhoods #urbanplanning #housing #residentialarchitecture #architects #CAC

ARCHITECTURE DICTIONARY:Bas-Relief: sculpture that projects only a short distance from the wall on which it is attachedP...
08/23/2021
Chicago Architecture Center

ARCHITECTURE DICTIONARY:
Bas-Relief: sculpture that projects only a short distance from the wall on which it is attached

Pictured is a Bas-Relief on the Art Institute of Chicago.

https://bit.ly/3jc7JuS

#Chicago #architecture #architecturedictionary #design #basrelief #AIC #artinstitute

Quick! What fast food restaurant is this??..............You are looking at a photo of McDonald's flagship store in Chica...
08/21/2021

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You are looking at a photo of McDonald's flagship store in Chicago by the renowned Ross Barney Architects. The structure, which fills an entire city block in the heart of Chicago, was envisioned as a hallmark example of both the architect and the corporation's shared commitment to environmentally sustainable design. Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), an essential material for the project, replaced many of the commonly-used building materials such as steel, concrete, and plastics that have a larger environmental footprint.

Via: ArchDaily
https://bit.ly/3gmzleG

#Chicago #architecture #design #McDonalds #RossBarneyArchitects #sustainability #sustainabledesign

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You are looking at a photo of McDonald's flagship store in Chicago by the renowned Ross Barney Architects. The structure, which fills an entire city block in the heart of Chicago, was envisioned as a hallmark example of both the architect and the corporation's shared commitment to environmentally sustainable design. Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), an essential material for the project, replaced many of the commonly-used building materials such as steel, concrete, and plastics that have a larger environmental footprint.

Via: ArchDaily
https://bit.ly/3gmzleG

#Chicago #architecture #design #McDonalds #RossBarneyArchitects #sustainability #sustainabledesign

Ok, this is incredible. Opened in 1916, Navy Pier's metal frame and wood flooring was built atop 20,000 wooden piles dri...
08/21/2021
Chicago Architecture Center

Ok, this is incredible. Opened in 1916, Navy Pier's metal frame and wood flooring was built atop 20,000 wooden piles driven into the lakebed. 20,000! 😳 In 1916! 😳 What an undertaking.

https://bit.ly/3dv3QOj

#Chicago #NavyPier #architecture #design #ChooseChicago #EnjoyIllinois

From naval base and university campus to shipping hub and entertainment destination, Navy Pier is Chicago’s hallmark of adaptive reuse. Despite several periods of abandonment and disuse, the pier has continued to evolve and accommodate new demands.

The Harold Washington Library's massive footprint and abundant exaggerated ornamentation practically scream, “Look at me...
08/20/2021

The Harold Washington Library's massive footprint and abundant exaggerated ornamentation practically scream, “Look at me!” All of that ornamentation does more than just decorate the structure’s exterior, though. The Harold Washington Library wants our attention for a practical purpose too. Boldly Postmodern, it wants to tell a story. The building playfully displays dozens of symbols that communicate its function, celebrate its location and pay homage to its architectural predecessors. Some might say you can read it like a book. 😉 (gratuitous dad joke)

https://bit.ly/3D3z3Db

📸: Eric Rogers

#Chicago #architecture #design #HaroldWashingtonLibrary #postmodern

The Harold Washington Library's massive footprint and abundant exaggerated ornamentation practically scream, “Look at me!” All of that ornamentation does more than just decorate the structure’s exterior, though. The Harold Washington Library wants our attention for a practical purpose too. Boldly Postmodern, it wants to tell a story. The building playfully displays dozens of symbols that communicate its function, celebrate its location and pay homage to its architectural predecessors. Some might say you can read it like a book. 😉 (gratuitous dad joke)

https://bit.ly/3D3z3Db

📸: Eric Rogers

#Chicago #architecture #design #HaroldWashingtonLibrary #postmodern

I have to admit I spent a couple of hours going through Landmarks Illinois' Women Who Built Illinois database yesterday....
08/20/2021
Women Who Built Illinois Database | Landmarks Illinois

I have to admit I spent a couple of hours going through Landmarks Illinois' Women Who Built Illinois database yesterday. Have you seen this yet? It's fascinating!

https://bit.ly/3ggueNl

#WomenWhoBuiltIllinois #architecture #design #engineering #engineers #LandmarksIllinois

Women Who Built Illinois is a first-of-its-kind database that includes information on more than 100 female architects, engineers, developers, designers, builders, landscape architects and interior designers and clients and their projects between 1879 and 1979. The database is the result of an in-dep...

Have you visited Boxville in Bronzeville? This vibrant, incredible space started with one box—the Bike Box in 2014—which...
08/19/2021

Have you visited Boxville in Bronzeville? This vibrant, incredible space started with one box—the Bike Box in 2014—which provides affordable bike repair in the heart of Bronzeville. Boxville has grown to become a 17-container open-air marketplace full of art, music, food and a variety of entrepreneurial businesses.

The space is designed by Sharon Samuels, a Chicago based Architect, Artist, and Designer. Her professional service has centered around diversity in the profession and design education targeted at underserved youth in Chicago.

Learn more about Ms. Samuels: https://bit.ly/3gh3YlE and be sure to visit Boxville: https://www.boxville.org

#NationalBlackBusinessMonth #ShopBlackOwned #Blackmakers #Blackowned #SupportBlackBusiness #Chicago #architecture #design #architect

Have you visited Boxville in Bronzeville? This vibrant, incredible space started with one box—the Bike Box in 2014—which provides affordable bike repair in the heart of Bronzeville. Boxville has grown to become a 17-container open-air marketplace full of art, music, food and a variety of entrepreneurial businesses.

The space is designed by Sharon Samuels, a Chicago based Architect, Artist, and Designer. Her professional service has centered around diversity in the profession and design education targeted at underserved youth in Chicago.

Learn more about Ms. Samuels: https://bit.ly/3gh3YlE and be sure to visit Boxville: https://www.boxville.org

#NationalBlackBusinessMonth #ShopBlackOwned #Blackmakers #Blackowned #SupportBlackBusiness #Chicago #architecture #design #architect

This weekend's Tour Menu:⁠⚰️ Graceland Cemetery: Women of Influence🥢 Explore Chinatown🚶🏽Walk the 606🇫🇷 Langue Française:...
08/19/2021

This weekend's Tour Menu:⁠

⚰️ Graceland Cemetery: Women of Influence
🥢 Explore Chinatown
🚶🏽Walk the 606
🇫🇷 Langue Française: Gratte-Ciel Historiques Et Modernes
👩‍🎓University of Chicago
🚊 Elevated Architecture: Downtown "L" Train⁠
🌟 Historic Treasures of Chicago's Golden Age*⁠
⁠✍🏼 Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park*⁠
🎥 Lights, Camera, Architecture
🎭 Uptown
📐Louis Sullivan Rediscovered⁠
🚶🏽What's New⁠
🕰 Chicago Architecture: A Walk Through Time*⁠
👀 Must See Chicago*⁠
🎡 White City Revisited
🏞 Highland Park
🚶🏽Historic Austin
🍾 Art Deco Skyscrapers: the Loop⁠
🗓 Chicago Icons: Connecting Past and Present⁠
🏙 Chicago's First Skyscrapers⁠
🍸 Mid-Century Modern Skyscrapers⁠
🏞 River North: Transformation of a Neighborhood
🛥 Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady*⁠

https://bit.ly/3v8Ojtn

Picture is the Palmer gravesite at Graceland Cemetery.

#Chicago #architecture #design #tours #ChooseChicago #EnjoyIllinois #FrankLloydWright #LouisSullivan #artdeco #midcenturymodern #skyscrapers #WhiteCity #1893WorldsFair #HighlandPark #Uptown #Austin #neighborhoodtours #Chinatown #GracelandCemetery #CemeteryTours

This weekend's Tour Menu:⁠

⚰️ Graceland Cemetery: Women of Influence
🥢 Explore Chinatown
🚶🏽Walk the 606
🇫🇷 Langue Française: Gratte-Ciel Historiques Et Modernes
👩‍🎓University of Chicago
🚊 Elevated Architecture: Downtown "L" Train⁠
🌟 Historic Treasures of Chicago's Golden Age*⁠
⁠✍🏼 Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park*⁠
🎥 Lights, Camera, Architecture
🎭 Uptown
📐Louis Sullivan Rediscovered⁠
🚶🏽What's New⁠
🕰 Chicago Architecture: A Walk Through Time*⁠
👀 Must See Chicago*⁠
🎡 White City Revisited
🏞 Highland Park
🚶🏽Historic Austin
🍾 Art Deco Skyscrapers: the Loop⁠
🗓 Chicago Icons: Connecting Past and Present⁠
🏙 Chicago's First Skyscrapers⁠
🍸 Mid-Century Modern Skyscrapers⁠
🏞 River North: Transformation of a Neighborhood
🛥 Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady*⁠

https://bit.ly/3v8Ojtn

Picture is the Palmer gravesite at Graceland Cemetery.

#Chicago #architecture #design #tours #ChooseChicago #EnjoyIllinois #FrankLloydWright #LouisSullivan #artdeco #midcenturymodern #skyscrapers #WhiteCity #1893WorldsFair #HighlandPark #Uptown #Austin #neighborhoodtours #Chinatown #GracelandCemetery #CemeteryTours

The Fine Arts Building is a Michigan Avenue gem. Opened in 1885 as a carriage assembly plant for the Studebaker Company,...
08/18/2021
Fine Arts Building

The Fine Arts Building is a Michigan Avenue gem. Opened in 1885 as a carriage assembly plant for the Studebaker Company, it was remodeled in 1898 into an artist community and has remained one ever since, becoming one of the oldest artist communities.

Some truly remarkable literary and artistic talents have rented space here including Frank Lloyd Wright, sculptor Lorado Taft and Wizard of Oz illustrator W.W. Denslow.

https://bit.ly/3y1o9KM

#Chicago #architecture #FineArtsBuilding #design #FrankLloydWright #LoradoTaft

The Fine Arts Building was originally a carriage assembly plant and showroom for the Studebaker Company. It was designed by Solon Spencer Beman and opened in 1885. An extensive 1898 remodeling converted it into a home for what is now one of the nation's oldest artist communities. Its rented studios,...

So we might agree to disagree on this, but I really do think Chicago has a pretty great public transportation system. It...
08/18/2021
A Model System: Considering Chicago's Multimodal Transit Nodes

So we might agree to disagree on this, but I really do think Chicago has a pretty great public transportation system. It's nice not to have to worry about a car or parking and to be able to get pretty much everywhere, *mostly* on time.

Check out this overview from Architizer and just ignore the part where they call Chicago Illinois' capital. 😉

https://bit.ly/3yVohN7

#Chicago #architecture #design #CTA #publictransportation #Architizer

As America reinvests in infrastructure, it’s critical that public transit services interconnect in order to build on each other’s strengths. Here’s what we can learn from Chicago.

Have you signed up yet??? Chicago's favorite Architecture Festival is right around the corner and I know you don't want ...
08/17/2021

Have you signed up yet???

Chicago's favorite Architecture Festival is right around the corner and I know you don't want to miss out on priority access. Join the OHC team today as a volunteer and you'll receive special perks, including priority access to sites. Don't wait!

https://bit.ly/3r7ZVfX

#Chicago #OpenHouseChicago #OHC2021 #architecture #architecturefest #architecturefestival #design

Have you signed up yet???

Chicago's favorite Architecture Festival is right around the corner and I know you don't want to miss out on priority access. Join the OHC team today as a volunteer and you'll receive special perks, including priority access to sites. Don't wait!

https://bit.ly/3r7ZVfX

#Chicago #OpenHouseChicago #OHC2021 #architecture #architecturefest #architecturefestival #design

SPECIAL TOUR: Join CAC as we visit 5 of Helmut Jahn's most striking buildings throughout downtown Chicago, including the...
08/17/2021
Chicago Architecture Center

SPECIAL TOUR: Join CAC as we visit 5 of Helmut Jahn's most striking buildings throughout downtown Chicago, including the James R, Thompson Center (pictured), the Xerox Center, One South Wacker, Citigroup Center and 120 N LaSalle.

In doing so, we’ll also trace the evolution of his designs in the 1980s and put his work in context with other contemporary buildings designed by competitors.

Complement your tour with a visit to the Chicago Architecture Center, where the exhibit Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture is on view now through October 2021.

https://bit.ly/3yUIyC9

#Chicago #architecture #HelmutJahn #Jahn #design #ThompsonCenter #ChooseChicago #EnjoyIllinois

Helmut Jahn had a profound and lasting impact on Chicago's built environment. This walking tour explores the late architect's style and influences in coordination with the current CAC exhibit Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture.

Ok, so we've chatted about reusing the standard mall, repurposing strip malls, and now we have a different housing propo...
08/17/2021

Ok, so we've chatted about reusing the standard mall, repurposing strip malls, and now we have a different housing proposal to consider. Let's chat about this Maker Space from Landon Bone Baker Architects.

So here it is: five lots are combined and tenants live in various micro-housing types. Intended for singles and small families, this proposal includes shared amenities and common spaces, in this case a commercial kitchen and market area.

Could this be the housing of the future? Would you live here?

Check out the exhibit at the CAC, 111 E. Wacker and at https://bit.ly/37BwuK0

#Chicago #architecture #design #housing #LandonBoneBaker #futurehousing #urbanliving #cityliving #exhibits #exhibitions

Ok, so we've chatted about reusing the standard mall, repurposing strip malls, and now we have a different housing proposal to consider. Let's chat about this Maker Space from Landon Bone Baker Architects.

So here it is: five lots are combined and tenants live in various micro-housing types. Intended for singles and small families, this proposal includes shared amenities and common spaces, in this case a commercial kitchen and market area.

Could this be the housing of the future? Would you live here?

Check out the exhibit at the CAC, 111 E. Wacker and at https://bit.ly/37BwuK0

#Chicago #architecture #design #housing #LandonBoneBaker #futurehousing #urbanliving #cityliving #exhibits #exhibitions

ARCHITECTURE DICTIONARYCantilever: a beam that projects out and is supported only at one endhttps://bit.ly/3r2ShU9Pictur...
08/16/2021

ARCHITECTURE DICTIONARY
Cantilever: a beam that projects out and is supported only at one end
https://bit.ly/3r2ShU9
Pictured: Robie House, Frank Lloyd Wright
#architecturedictionary #cantilever #robiehouse #FrankLloydWright #architecture #design

ARCHITECTURE DICTIONARY
Cantilever: a beam that projects out and is supported only at one end
https://bit.ly/3r2ShU9
Pictured: Robie House, Frank Lloyd Wright
#architecturedictionary #cantilever #robiehouse #FrankLloydWright #architecture #design

The ultimate open floor plan. Farnsworth House embraces nature, built in a wooded flood plain and oriented around a mass...
08/15/2021
Chicago Architecture Center

The ultimate open floor plan.

Farnsworth House embraces nature, built in a wooded flood plain and oriented around a massive black maple tree. Between two levitating horizontal slabs, the boundary between inside and out is blurred, opened up by expansive glass walls and a near absence of visible structural supports. A solid inner core contains bathrooms and unsightly mechanicals. But the spaces for living flow freely into each other, and into the meadows and river beyond.

https://bit.ly/3AHZXP0

#BuildingsofChicago #Chicago #architecture #design #mies #farnsworthhouse #farnsworth #ChicagoHistory #HistoricChicago #modernism #openfloorplan

Legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe instead floated a pristine glass box on a wooded river bank, with windows for walls and a space-age kitchen. His client wasn’t completely thrilled with the final design, but the result has become an iconic expression of the International Style.

As summer rolls to an end and the start of school is just around the corner, CAC invites you and your littles to join us...
08/14/2021
Chicago Architecture Center

As summer rolls to an end and the start of school is just around the corner, CAC invites you and your littles to join us for a unique story time at the inspiring Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens. Let your child’s imagination come to life as we read The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter.

https://bit.ly/3v56eRA

#Chicago #storytime #ChicagoWomensPark #architect #architecture #design #zahahadid

Join us for a unique story time at the inspiring Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, as we learn about the impact of women in architecture. Let your child’s imagination come to life as we read The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter.

Pop quiz: What great teen said this?  "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you co...
08/13/2021
Chicago Architecture Center

Pop quiz: What great teen said this?

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

C'mon! Of course it's Ferris Bueller from one of the all-time greatest movies ever (in my humble opinion 😉 ).

So take it from Ferris. Don't let life pass you by without getting out there and exploring our beautiful city. Get on the Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady before this summer ends!

https://bit.ly/3itObSt

#Chicago #architecture #FerrisBueller #80smovies #RiverCruise #CFLCruises

Chicago’s First Lady is committed to taking the proper precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its river cruise guests and team, including ensuring that boats are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and their service. Chicago’s First Lady offers restrooms on board each vessel with...

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111 E. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL
60601

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Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Located at the corner of Michigan Ave. and E. Wacker Dr. in the Illinois Center.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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(312) 583-1109

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Tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Visit the Chicago Architecture Center on Wacker Dr. to view our 4,000-building scale model of Chicago, discover super-sized models of skyscrapers from around the world, shop in our award-winning store or participate in a fun LEGO® building event in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio. Choose from 85 tours by boat, walking, bus, or even L train, including the CAFC River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. Tours depart daily and are led by the CAC's expert docent guides. Learn more at architecture.org!

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