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JULY 27, 2021 • ISSUE 42

Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture


This past weekend, CAC debuted a highly anticipated retrospective on the extraordinary achievements of Helmut Jahn. Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture dives deeply into over 20 designs by the prodigious and profoundly influential Chicago-based architect. Photography, video, models, sketches and written recollections populate the show, illuminating Jahn’s design process, his innovation at every turn and the pursuit of excellence that coursed through his life and work. Life + Architecture celebrates Jahn’s talent and charisma, as well as his stunning gifts to the world of design. View the exhibit now through October.

"If he was going to do something, he did it well. If he was going to play a game, he won that game. He had an aura. He was special. Helmut was able to take a lot of clients on a journey they didn't expect to be on.”
– Zurich Esposito, Exhibition Curator


Book Talk: "Between the Leaves: On Housing" With Canopy & Friends
Wednesday, August 4 at 12pm

Celebrate the release of Canopy Architecture + Design’s new publication, Between the Leaves: On Housing, exploring the challenges in creating affordable housing and how to support initiatives in our communities.

Between the Leaves: On Housing

At the Edge of the Bungalow Belt
Wednesday, August 25 at 12pm

Looking specifically at Galewood, a neighborhood within the larger Austin community area, CAC Docent Tom Drebenstedt will examine housing development patterns and stylistic innovation branching out from the humble bungalow during the mid-1900s.

Galewood bungalow roof detail

Book Talk: "Chicago: An Illustrated Timeline"
Wednesday, September 8 at 12pm

Every city has its foundational stories. In this talk, CAC Program Director Hallie Rosen discusses Chicago: An Illustrated Timeline with author and CAC docent Ellen Shubart, which chronicles the city’s growth from trading post to global metropolis.

Book Talk

This program is supported by a gift of the Gary family in memory of Myra Gary and in honor of the Docents’ 50th Anniversary.


There are plenty of myths surrounding the Great Chicago Fire, but can you separate fact from fiction? Discover the true story of the blaze that tore through the city 150 years ago on this exciting bus tour, which traces the fire's path and explains how it led to Chicago becoming the world-class city it is today. Tickets for this bus tour are going fast, secure your seat today! 

Great Fire Bus Tour


Ahead of this September's gala celebrating the Center's Newhouse competition, Director of Education and Experience Angela Esposito spoke with Arturo Villalpando, a program alum currently working in the field at bKL Architecture.  

Arturo Villalpando

"I’m really grateful for the Newhouse competition. It gave me a way to get some experience and reassure myself that this is actually what I wanted to do, which was really important and something that I didn’t take for granted." – Arturo Villalpando

Architecture Essentials: Found City

Architecture Essentials:
Found City

For this week’s episode of Architecture Essentials and its at-home activity, we’re inviting tomorrow’s landscape architects and urban planners to design the neighborhoods they want to live in. Let’s head over to the ArcelorMittal Design Studio and get started with CAC Director of Education and Experience, Angela Esposito.

special offer

After visiting the Center, head over to our friends at the American Writers Museum. Show your CAC admission ticket at the AWM to get $5 off admission! Be sure to check out their new exhibit, Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable.

American Writers Museum


Open House Chicago

Volunteer at Open House Chicago!

Open House Chicago is returning October 16-17 with in-person site visits, and we're looking for volunteers! OHC Volunteer Greeters welcome visitors to sites all over the city, typically working one 4-hour shift on either day. As a sign of our appreciation, volunteers receive exciting OHC perks, including priority access passes that let them skip the lines when they're not working.


Updated Mask Policy

Effective Friday, June 11, in accordance with CDC, State, and City guidelines moving Chicago fully into Phase 5 of the City Recovery Plan masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated individuals visiting the Chicago Architecture Center. Masks are still encouraged for those who aren’t fully vaccinated. Safety measures like enhanced cleaning and social distancing will continue to be practiced. We will not require proof of vaccination but ask for guests’ responsible and respectful cooperation with this revised policy.

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