New programs, podcast recommendations and summer camps

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JUNE 7, 2020 • ISSUE 10


With sensitivity to recent events, CAC Live programs are paused beginning Sunday, June 7 through Friday, June 12. Those with tickets will be contacted regarding a refund or exchange.


The Future of Density: Sustaining Vibrant Urban Places in an Era of Social Distancing
Friday, June 19 at noon

Density may be the most universal characteristic of cities. This discussion among three esteemed panelists addresses challenges—both immediate and ongoing—the coronavirus pandemic will have on the multi-family and mixed-use sites that are hallmarks of urban density.

Future of Density program


Graceland Cemetery
Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm

A serene, green oasis in a bustling global city, Graceland Cemetery is the final resting place for many notable late 19th and early 20th century Chicagoans—whose monuments were designed by famed architects and sculptors of the era, too.

Graceland Cemetery program

What House Museums Tell Us
Monday, June 15 at 2pm

House museums play an important, if overlooked, role in our interpretation of history and architectural eras. This one-time-only program looks at a broad array of examples across the United States including the Glass House, Hearst Castle and Pabst Mansion, along with Chicago’s Glessner House and The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

House Museum program

Road to Reopening: Best Practices for Museums and Attractions
Tuesday, June 9 at noon

This first event in a new series of webinars from Choose Chicago’s Tourism and Hospitality Forward initiative will focus on museums and attractions, with an esteemed panel of both domestic and international experts: Susan L. Abrams, Christina Aue, Bridget Coughlin, Marilynn Gardner, Gary Tinterow, Carlos Tortolero and Stephen Watson. CAC President and CEO Lynn Osmond moderates the discussion.


CAC summer camps


Amidst unrest and uncertainty, through the ongoing public health crisis and temporary closure of schools, the CAC is committed to continue offering at-home support for young people, families and caregivers. Beginning June 29, CAC Education staff lead five-day Summer Camps that combine real-time engagement with toolkits for self-guided work on a flexible schedule. Three camps are designed for kids ages 8 to 10, and four camps are designed for kids ages 11 to 14.

Chinatown Public Library


For the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library, completed in 2015, architect Brian Lee of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill tapped the expertise of a feng shui master. For CAC docent Kathleen Carpenter, the building unlocked an appreciation for Cantonese opera.


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In light of current events, we’re reflecting on past periods of political unrest in Chicago. While public protests are at times the direct result of design and planning decisions, they can also impact and influence how such decisions are made afterward. This week’s articles, podcasts and videos address Chicago protests in 1919 and 1968.


The CAC has recently updated projected dates for the limited reinstatement of certain tours. The CAC remains committed to providing a safe experience for its entire community of members, staff, visitors, volunteers and tour attendees.

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