Tour Rosehill Cemetery, help restore the Sears Sunken Garden and discover endangered buildings

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JANUARY 12, 2021 • ISSUE 28


Welcome to the first issue of CAC@Home in this new year—we hope it finds you in good health. Please join us online while the Center remains closed to support public safety. New events are added on an ongoing basis—visit our website to browse and register today.


Preservation Chicago program

Chicago’s Most Endangered Buildings 2021
Wednesday, February 24 at noon

Consistently among our most-anticipated and well-attended public programs, join us online for the unveiling of the 19th annual “Chicago 7,” a list from Preservation Chicago that identifies significant structures that advocates hope to protect from the wrecking ball. Prior “Chicago 7” lists have brought public attention to the plight of unique structures sufficient to save them from demolition.

Sign the petition urging the City of Chicago to save the historic Schlitz Tied House, formerly La Lucé restaurant, at 1393−99 West Lake Street, pictured above. Chicago’s Most Endangered Buildings 2021 is produced in partnership with Preservation Chicago.

Rosehill Cemetery tour

Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago and the Civil War
Wednesday, March 10 at noon

Many Chicagoans involved in the Civil War rest at Rosehill Cemetery including political leaders, newspaper editors who shaped public opinion and officers who led brigades. While a large number of Illinoisans fought in the conflict, those who stayed home worked to supply the Union Army with ammunition, food and medical supplies. This online program featuring Rosehill’s funereal architecture looks at the lives of some who supported efforts to preserve the Union and advance emancipation.

AAO program

Virtual City Walks: International Edition
Saturdays at 11am, January 23−February 27

This is your final boarding call for six themed programs produced in partnership by the Association of Architecture Organizations and AAO members in Europe and across the U.S. Start your journey in Denmark with Copenhagen: Scandinavian Cool from the Danish Architecture Center, followed by Chicago: City of Architecture from the Chicago Architecture Center; Boston: Reinvented from Boston By Foot; Prague: Old Meets New from the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP); New York: SoHo Cast Iron Historic District from AIA New York / Center for Architecture; and Los Angeles: Vintage Cool from the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Virtual City Walk Copenhagen: Scandinavian Cool includes BLOX, 2018, by OMA. Photo courtesy of AAO member organization and virtual tour partner the Danish Architecture Center.


Newhouse competition


With five divisions focused on topics ranging from housing to social impact, this year’s Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition features challenges for teens engaged in all aspects of 21st century urbanism. View and download the Newhouse manual for teen competitors and educators, to get started today on bringing visions for three Chicago neighborhoods to vibrant life. Competition entries are due by midnight Friday, April 9, and an esteemed jury of professional architects, designers and engineers will help celebrate our 2021 Newhouse winners on Saturday, May 1.

Laramie State Bank of Chicago in Austin, one of three neighborhoods open to exploration and reimagination through the 2021 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition.


CAC walking tours


Throughout 2021, we’ll be celebrating the incredible 50th anniversary of the CAC’s docent program, launched in 1971. Our acclaimed river cruises, walking tours and, since last spring, online programs are all enriched by the dedication and expertise of CAC docents, who undergo extensive training and bring their abiding love for Chicago architecture to residents and visitors alike.

“Looking Up” kicks off today with a letter of appreciation from CAC President and CEO Lynn Osmond. Stay tuned for additional installments of “Looking Up,” contributed by our docents, in future issues of CAC@Home.


Sears campus

Part of the historic Sears campus in North Lawndale and built in the early 1900s, the Sears Sunken Garden was registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1978. This month, the GROWSS committee of the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, an OHC 2020 community partner, invites public participation in workshops on three dates, as it works with renowned designers Roy Diblik and Piet Oudolf to return this unique amenity to its full splendor while providing neighborhood residents with educational and employment opportunities. Learn more and RSVP to attend a one-hour session beginning at 5:30pm on January 13, 20 or 27.


The CAC continues to offer online and remotely accessible programs for audiences of all ages. Located at 111 East Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago, the Center is temporarily closed to visitors until further notice, in accordance with Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigation guidelines for cultural institutions from the State of Illinois. To further support recommendations from public health officials, all CAC walking tours and in-person activities are also suspended until further notice. Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady, concluded for 2020 as of Sunday, November 15, will resume in 2021 on a date to be announced.

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