CAC VOLUNTEERS NAME TOUR AUDIO KIOSK
CAC HONORED WITH
For visitors of the CAC, the person
most likely to leave a lasting
impression is not a paid staff
member. Our talented, funny and
well-researched volunteer corps—
made up of docents, education
guides, exhibit hosts and guest
visiting the CAC an experience to
remember. Now, those volunteers
have come together to make the
visitor experience even better. At
the end of 2018, as part of the
CAC’s Meet Your City campaign,
CAC volunteers raised $100,000
to name the Docent and Volunteer
Tour Audio Kiosk—the starting
place for walking tours departing
from the CAC. Next time you
see one of our many dedicated
volunteers, take a moment to
say thanks for making the CAC a
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EDITOR: Jessica Cilella
GRAPHIC DESIGNERS: Liz Shields, Hanan
CONTRIBUTORS: Charles Gurian, Dan
O'Connell, John Schneider, Bill Shapiro, Ian Spula
PHOTOGRAPHY: All photos by Michael Courier,
Tom Harris, Anna Munzesheimer, Eric Allix Rogers,
and James Steinkamp, unless otherwise noted
COVER: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Center River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady
sets sail again on March 30. Photo by Barry
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OUR MISSION THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE CENTER
INSPIRES PEOPLE TO DISCOVER WHY DESIGN MATTERS.
Our visibility has skyrocketed since the opening of the new Chicago Architecture
Center. The January pop-up exhibit of architectural models proposed by fi ve teams
in the running to design O’Hare’s new Global Terminal is an example of our enlarged
By bringing our tours, exhibits, education and public programs under one roof, we have
created Chicago’s home for all things architecture. Our new exhibits in the Chicago
Gallery and the Drake Family Skyscraper Gallery engage visitors from all walks of life
and levels of expertise. Everyone from CPS students, to out-of-town travelers, to design
devotees, to established architects from around the world can learn something new at
This new, cohesive “CAC experience” is getting rave reviews from Chicago civic,
architecture and design organizations. In the past month, the CAC has received
the “Business Impact of the Year Award” from the Magnifi cent Mile, the “Best New
Attraction” award from the Friends of Downtown, and the “Richard Nickel Award”
from AIA Illinois.
As you fl ip through our new issue, you’ll see there’s something for everyone this spring.
You’ll discover what’s new on the river as we launch our river cruise season. Explore our
city with two new CTA Art & Architecture “L” tours, a new Magnifi cent Mile walking tour
and a new season of limited edition bus tours. Celebrate the Newhouse Competition’s
37th year helping Chicago high school students become architects and designers.
Take your pick of programs celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus and its Chicago legacy.
And this April, join us for a new three-part masterclass series in the tradition of
iconoclastic art historian Vincent Scully. Like Scully, who galvanized generations of
architects, his student Reed Kroloff will lead us on a rediscovery of architecture’s power
to provoke and inspire a richer civic and cultural life.
Join us and discover something new at the Center!
LYNN J. OSMOND
President and CEO, Hon. AIA, CAE
Within six months of opening, the
CAC has received three signifi cant
awards from civic, architecture
and design groups, including
“Business Impact of the Year” from
the Magnifi cent Mile Association
and “Best New Attraction” from
Friends of Downtown.
Most recently, on Feb. 4, American
Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois
hosted its 2018 honors award
reception at the CAC. Three
women leaders were recognized at the event, including CAC President
and CEO Lynn Osmond, who received the prestigious 2018 Richard Nickel
Award. The award is given annually to citizens who lift up architecture and
the profession. AIA Illinois noted Osmond’s 22 years of leadership and her
role in establishing the CAC as a crowning achievement.
From left: CAC President and CEO Lynn Osmond
(recipient of the 2018 Richard Nickel Award);
architect Linda Searl (recipient of the 2018 AIA
Illinois Gold Medal); and Landmarks Illinois
President and CEO Bonnie MacDonald (recipient
of the 2018 AIA Illinois President’s Award)
AT THE CENTER
04 Bauhaus turns 100
06 Inspired by Scully
08 Featured programs
11 CAC education
12 New tours for 2019
14 What's new on the
CAFC River Cruise?
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March, April and May
22 Current projects
23 Then & Now
IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN BAUHAUS,
YOU MAY ENJOY THESE TOURS:
MIES AND MODERNISM: THE IIT CAMPUS TOUR
SATURDAY, APRIL 6 • 10am
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 • 10am
VIEW MORE DATES ON ARCHITECTURE.ORG
2 HOURS • FREE FOR MEMBERS, meets at Perlstein Hall, 10 W. 33rd St.
The Illinois Institute of Technology is home to the largest group of
buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe.
MARINA CITY AND THE IBM BUILDING
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 • 1:30pm
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 • 1:30pm
VIEW MORE DATES ON ARCHITECTURE.ORG
1.25 HOURS • FREE FOR MEMBERS, begins at 35 W. Wacker Dr.
Where else but Chicago can you find two iconic Mid-Century
buildings living side by side? This tour compares and contrasts the
sites, uses, structures, styles and philosophies.
The word “Bauhaus” (literally “Building House"
in German) is synonymous with the Modern style
that conquered the world of design in the 1950s
and 1960s. This style—focused on minimalism—
evolved from an art school of the same name that
was founded in Germany in 1919. Students studied
the use of modern concepts and technology in the
decorative and fine arts, and later, in architecture.
The Nazis forced the Bauhaus to close in 1933,
but many of its students and faculty fled to other
countries carrying the banner of Modernism. The
last Bauhaus director was architect Ludwig Mies
van der Rohe, who moved to Chicago in 1938.
Here, he created the modern skyscraper, including
the building in which the CAC is housed.
This year, the CAC is celebrating the 100th
anniversary of Bauhaus, and its lasting legacy on
the city, with several programs and tours. Come
join us at one of our upcoming tours or events!
100 YEARS OF BAUHAUS
MEMBERS-ONLY BUS TRIP
BAUHAUS EXHIBIT AT
THE ELMHURST ART MUSEUM
FRIDAY, APRIL 12 • 10am
4 HOURS • $40 MEMBERS ONLY,
begins at 111 E. Wacker
Join us on this one-time trip to
the Elmhurst Art Museum to see
“The Whole World a Bauhaus,” an
international traveling exhibition
that celebrates the 100th
anniversary of the founding of the
Bauhaus. After a guided tour of
the exhibit, the museum’s director
will provide an overview of Mies
van der Rohe’s McCormick House,
which is adjacent to the museum.
There will also be time to explore
the other exhibits on display. Price
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BAUHAUS,
THESE PROGRAMS MAY INTEREST YOU:
THE MAN IN THE GLASS HOUSE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 • Noon
$12 PUBLIC • FREE FOR MEMBERS
With his famous Glass House design, architect Philip Johnson set the stage for a
controversial and contradictory career that spanned more than 60 years. Come
hear Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster discuss “The Man in the
Glass House,” his new biography on this fascinating architect and first recipient of
the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
BRINGING MODERNIST ICONS BACK TO LIFE
TUESDAY, MAY 21 • 6pm
$20 PUBLIC • $15 MEMBERS • $12 STUDENTS must show ID
Efforts to preserve our Modernist architectural icons are ramping up in Chicago
and around the nation. In this 100th anniversary year of the Bauhaus, learn about
the work of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to re-interpret and protect
important Mid-Century Modern buildings as national heritage.
From left: IIT's Crown Hall; the Glass House (photo by
Michael Biondo); Marina City and AMA Plaza/The Langham
hotel (photo by Peter J. Sieger); and Farnsworth House.
“The IIT campus, of course, because of
the variety of buildings there; most differ
greatly in appearance from glass and steel high
rises for which Mies is best known.”
— Marc Boxerman, CAC Docent Class of 1998
“For the best and clearest expression of the Bauh