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SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 • ISSUE 19

Architect Cruises


Tickets are going fast for three special CAFC River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady on Thursday evenings this month. “An Evening with an Architect” cruises include insightful commentary from top architects whose firms designed buildings along the river route, plus time for Q&A and a complimentary glass of Champagne.

Each 90-minute cruise departs at 6pm from the Chicago Riverwalk, just below the Chicago Architecture Center. Book one, two or all three cruises today—while you still can! CAC members save $10—call 312.922.8687 to redeem discounted pricing.

An Evening with an Architect: Julie Michiels
Thursday, September 10 at 6pm

Focus on the enduring impact of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with Michiels, associate director and interior design leader in the firm’s Chicago office. Michiels appears in lieu of Adam Semel, previously announced as the guest co-host of “An Evening with an Architect” on September 10.

An Evening with an Architect: Joachim Schuessler 
Thursday, September 17 at 6pm

Learn about the daringly engineered buildings of Goettsch Partners with Schuessler, principal and senior project designer.

An Evening with an Architect: Thomas Kerwin
Thursday, September 24 at 6pm

Follow the rapid rise of bKL Architecture, including four projects under construction, with founding principal Kerwin.

To facilitate appropriate social distancing and other safety measures in place, capacity for each “An Evening with an Architect” river cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady is strictly limited. Learn more about enhanced safety protocols aboard CFL Cruises.

Family tours


On Sundays beginning September 13, book a “Sunday Family Field Trip” aboard select CAFC River Cruise departures! Get one FREE ticket for students 14 years or younger with the purchase of each standard adult ticket at full price—that’s two tickets for just $46.29 plus tax! Plus, enjoy special activities and a FREE sandwich for students with each purchase of an adult meal (limit two), redeemable day-of at The Northman Beer & Cider Garden on the Chicago Riverwalk. Redeem beforehand to enjoy your lunch on board!

“Sunday Family Field Trip” river cruises are available only for Sunday cruise departures at 10:30am and 1pm, beginning September 13. Capacity is limited. Please visit Ticketmaster to view availability. This special promotion cannot be used in combination with other offers or discounts.

Architect talks


Reimagining the Skyscraper with Ole Scheeren
Wednesday, September 30 at noon

Büro Ole Scheeren is a global architecture office reimagining the form and function of skyscrapers. This lecture with founding principal Ole Scheeren illuminates the firm’s unique approach to every project, through which bold concepts manifest as real-world solutions.

The Boundary-Breaking Designs of Jeanne Gang
Monday, November 2 at 6pm

Over more than 20 years of practice, Studio Gang founding principal and partner Jeanne Gang has challenged the presumed limitations on architects in order to create stunning places that enhance local identity, community and urban sustainability.

OHC 2020

OHC: Peek Inside Open House Chicago 2020

In support of public health and with sensitivity to the COVID-19 pandemic, Open House Chicago 2020 is reconfigured for outdoor and online attendance only from Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 25. Available for download next month, a new location-enabled OHC mobile app supports your open-air exploration of 20+ neighborhoods through self-guided trails for biking or walking, audio-enhanced OHC sites and more! Continue your discoveries online with daily virtual programs throughout OHC, accessible from anywhere and, for CAC members, enjoy exclusive access to additional discounts and programs. Here are just two examples of virtual programs unique to OHC 2020:

Chicago Landmarking at 50: Past, Present and Future
Saturday, October 17 at 4pm

Chicago’s historic preservation movement is now more than half a century old. Learn how local landmarking came into being and how its use and impact have gone far beyond preservation, with Chicago’s diverse Third Ward serving as a case study. Presenters include urban planner Jeremi Bryant, Third Ward Alderwoman Pat Dowell and Glessner House curator and executive director William Tyre.

OHC Neighborhood Virtual Tour: South Shore
Saturday, October 24 at 2pm

Save the date for this live-streamed, virtual tour of the South Shore neighborhood, showcasing its rich history and beautiful architecture. Presenters include Rainbow Beach Park advisory council president Allan Lindrup, CAC docent Mike McMains, and MOBE and Real Men Charities CEO Yvette Moyo, publisher of South Side Drive Magazine: Guide to the Good Life Chicago.

All OHC 2020 experiences and programs are outdoors or online. While select online programs during the festival may include footage of building interiors, please do not attempt to enter any OHC 2020 sites.

Open House Chicago 2020 is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Wintrust, the National Endowment for the Humanities through its CARES Act grant program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the TAWANI Foundation and ComEd.


There’s virtually no limit to what you can experience during OHC 2020 when you become a CAC member this month, starting at just $80. CAC members get free admission to most OHC programs, plus exclusive access to an OHC preview program on October 7 and “My Neighborhood, My Story”—an exciting series of virtual tours led by noted architects, artists, media personalities and public figures.

After OHC, the benefits to membership continue year-round, with unlimited FREE Center admission and CAC walking tours plus discounts on parking, programs, river cruises, at the CAC Design Store—and more. Whatever your comfort level, we’re ready to help you explore the city you love, through in-person and virtual tours, programs and exhibits.


Register now for two encore presentations of virtual tours with CAC Docent Council President Kent Foutty, added to the CAC Live events calendar by popular demand.


Wrigleyville Tour
Tuesday, September 22 at 5:30pm

Collect fascinating facts about the architecture surrounding Chicago’s beloved “friendly confines” on this virtual walking tour around the home of the Chicago Cubs, new developments nearby and historic treasures.

Wrigleyville tour


Alta Vista Terrace Tour
Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30pm

Learn about a stretch of row houses situated between Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Graceland Cemetery on this virtual walking tour of Alta Vista Terrace, a full city block of 40 row houses—rather uncommon in Chicago—built all at once.

Alta Vista tour


Family fun at the CAC


Pick up a Family Exploration Kit when you visit the Center with young ones, just $15 (a $30 value)! Each kit includes a CAC backpack filled with supplies for up to three kids: colored pencils, stickers, a guide for their scavenger hunt through the Center’s galleries and more. September 12–13, 19–20, 26–27


Center visitors of all ages are welcome to join us outdoors for Skyline Sketching Saturdays—quick lessons in drawing Chicago’s iconic cityscape. Learn how to “read” buildings and combine simple shapes to sketch what you see along the north bank of the Chicago River. Saturdays, September 12−26, 1−3:30pm


Read along with CAC Manager of Teen Programs Kennda Mims-Burt as we flip through “Islandborn” by Junot Díaz—then try the at-home activity linked below!



The Chicago Architecture Center, including all exhibits and the CAC Design Store, is now open Saturday and Sunday only from 10am–4pm. Through December 2020, CAC building and neighborhood walking tours (departing from locations other than the Center at 111 E. Wacker Dr.) will be available for purchase on the 15th of the month prior to the month of the scheduled departure. As capacity remains strictly limited, please book only the tours you intend to take and let us know if your plans change. If you’re unable to attend, let us know at 312.922.3432 or email tickets@architecture.org so we can accommodate another guest. Previously purchased tickets for CAC tours remain valid and will be honored on their original dates unless otherwise noted.

The CAC remains committed to providing the safest possible experience for its entire community of members, staff, visitors, volunteers and tour attendees. All Center visitors and CAC tour attendees are prompted to acknowledge and accept the CAC’s safety policies supporting recommendations from public health officials from the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago.

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