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Three Special Events In Architecture and Chicago History This Week

March 11, 2014 by

For this week’s list of special events in architecture and history, we are highlighting a talk of unexpected stories of downtown buildings, a workshop to discover and preserve this history of your home and neighborhood, and a discussion on improvement projects in historic Jackson Park.

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Photo Credit:Kate Joyce


1. Unexpected Stories of Nearby Buildings You Never Knew – Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Library

TALK - Wednesday, March 12th, 5:30pm

FREE, Reservations required – send names of all guests to

Join Chicago Detours Executive Director Amanda Scotese for a discussion on the unexpected history and stories behind buildings in the financial district. The talk will feature the Continental Bank Building, home of one of the biggest bank failures in history, and the Marquette Building, home of the MacArthur Foundation and the quirky John D. MacArthur. She’ll talk about the interesting and sometimes weird uses of the Union League Clubhouse over history, including a secret bar. The presentation is free and open to non-members, allowing outsiders a rare glimpse at the club’s beautiful architectural interiors.

2. Discover Your Home’s History Workshop - Blackstone Branch Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave.

WORKSHOP – Wednesday, March 12th, 6:00pm-7:30pm

FREEreservations required (RSVP at 773.329.4243)

Ever wondered about the history of your house or been curious about the development of your neighborhood? As part of the NHS Chicago Vintage Home Series, architectural historian and historic preservation consultant Carla Bruni gives you the tools to discover the history of the places that matter to you. Also included in this special event in architecture will be a lesson on how to get your home, block, or neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with insights into the potential tax benefits associated with National Register designation.

3. Garden of the Phoenix, Jackson Park – Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Claudia Cassidy Auditorium

LECTURE – Thursday, March 13th, 12:15pm


Robert Karr, Jr., an attorney, author, and urban parks advocate will discuss the improvement of Jackson Park through projects he is leading including the Garden of the Phoenix, one of the most important sites in America reflecting the past and the future of U.S.-Japan relations. In 2013, over 120 cherry blossom trees were planted in and around this site to commemorate its extraordinary history and to usher in a new era of the Garden the relationship between these two nations in Chicago. The lecture is part of the Friends of the Parks’ Walter Netsch Lecture Series.

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Three Architecture and History Events in Chicago This Week

March 4, 2014 by


In this week’s list of events in Chicago architecture and history, we highlight a behind-the-scenes tour of an architecture firm, a pub crawl of Chicago’s entertainment history, and a Mardi Gras-style party celebrating the year of our city’s birth.

1. Chicago’s 177th Birthday Celebration – Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

CELEBRATION – Tuesday, March 4th, 10:30am-7pm


Chicago turns 177 years old on Tuesday with a Mardi Gras-themed celebration and food truck rally in downtown’s Daley Plaza. The event kicks off with a short program including a drum interpretation of “Happy Birthday” by the American Indian Center of Chicago and a Mardi Gras-style parade into the plaza where DJ Lisa Rene will provide all-day entertainment. Enjoy a host of food trucks with lunchtime and after work dining options or relax with a glass of beer or wine from Goose Island. And most importantly, there will be free cake from Eli’s Cheesecake!

2. Tour of bKL Architecture LLC -225 N. Columbus Dr., Suite 100

TOUR – Tuesday March 4th, 6pm-9pm

FREE – reservations required

For architecture enthusiasts of Chicago, this week the Young Architects Forum Meetup Group is offering a brief studio tour and firm overview of bKL Architecture LLC. One can network afterwards over free pizza, generously provided by the firm, and drink specials off wine, beer, and cocktails from Filini Bar & Restaurant.

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Photo Credit: Kate Joyce


3. Historic Chicago Bar Walking Tour – 435 N. Michigan Ave., inside Argo Tea

TOUR – Saturdays, 5:45pm

$34 plus drinks – reservations required

Due to the popularity of our Historic Chicago Bar Tour, Chicago Detours is permanently adding a second Saturday evening tour to our regular Saturday 5pm tour schedule. On this tour we drink, eat and learn about the history of Chicago entertainment, meaning anything from jazz history to prohibition, social clubs, and nightlife. Plus we look at some spectacular Chicago architecture on this walking tour that stays mostly indoors.

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Three Chicago Architecture and History Events This Week

February 25, 2014 by

Every week we give you three architectural and historical art openings, screenings, lectures or other great activities. This week’s Chicago architecture and history events include a discussion on the rise of the skyscraper, a performance of music by Frank Lloyd Wright’s father, and art work celebrating the culture of Bronzeville.

1. Augustus Higginson speaks on “Chicago and The Skyscraper: from 1880 to 1934″ – Out of Line Art Gallery, 2812 W. Chicago Ave.

TALK - Wednesday, February 26th – 7:30pm-9:00pm

FREE – reservations required

Artist, architectural historian, and teacher, Augustus Higginson, will address the rise of the skyscraper from the late 19th century to the Great Depression, discussing styles from the Victorian through the Art Deco periods. Higginson’s mixed media artwork is currently on display at the gallery as part of the current group art show, “Chicago City on the Make,” which runs until March 8th.

Samantha Hill Hyde Park Art Center art exhibit

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Hyde Park Art Center

2. Samantha Hill: Topographical Depictions of the Bronzeville Renaissance - Blanc Gallery, 4445 S. King Dr.

ART OPENING - Thursday, February 28th, 6:00pm-9:00pm



In conjunction with the her interactive art exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center, Samantha Hill explores the essence of portraiture by developing a Photographer’s Studio within Blanc Gallery to hold Tintype photography sessions of Bronzeville residents, community organizers and cultural producers to commemorate this moment for history. The Tintype portraits will be on display with Tintypes and Photo Booth portraits from the Kinship Project Archive to connect the various styles of self-documentation within historic moments. As an artist-in-residence for the overreaching exhibit at Hyde Park Art Center, Hill will also hold “office hours” in the gallery there from 11am-3pm every Saturday until May 17th.

3. David Patterson: The Music of William Carey Wright - Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, IL

MUSIC PERFORMANCE – Thursday, February 28, 2013 – 7:30 pm-9pm

$15-$18 – call (708) 383-8873 for tickets

The happiest moments in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Autobiography are his stories of a very musical childhood, revolving around his father, William Carey Wright, a musician and composer. Premiering his successful Kickstarter project, music historian David Patterson paints a portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright’s father in words and music, giving us a fresh perspective not only on the architect’s upbringing, but on the father whose musical mind was so essential to Frank’s architecture.


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Saturated Landscape Detour Wrap-Up

February 19, 2014 by

Last Saturday we had our “Saturated Landscape” art opening and tour collaboration with Azimuth Projects and it was a grand success. People filtered in around 2pm to check-in and get their hot chocolate and hand warmers for the 2:15pm sold-out tour of ordinary landscapes in the neighborhood. The hot chocolate, from Katherine Anne Confections, was thick and rich, and in addition to keeping us warm, it gave a great chocolate buzz!

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Photo Credit: Katherine Anne Confections

The one-hour-long walking tour considered how the landscape, that for many of us is mundane, effects us socially and psychologically and communicates messages that we overlook. Instead of awing at the mansions of Logan Boulevard and the lives of the rich and famous, we marveled at the extraordinary aspects of ordinary features of our landscape. In keeping with the visual arts angle of the event, we focused on the visual space and objects within it – not the sounds or smells.

Because the city landscape has been shaped by people, we can consider it as a physical expression of culture. Often the most overlooked things can most reveal to us our culture. Geographer Pierce Lewis said “the culture of any nation is unintentionally reflected in its ordinary landscape.”

I designed this walk around DW Meinig’s “The Beholding Eye: Ten Versions of the Same Scene.” He outlines ten different perspectives for the ways we all have different reactions and interpretations to the landscape features around us depending on our backgrounds, feelings, interests, and our identities.

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The tour topics ranged from why houses have the shapes that they do to what kind of bird lives in a nest that we passed. We talked about how we try to control nature in our city habitat, and yet it still defeats us. The two tour groups also looked at lawn ornaments, alleys, and fences, and learned a little about graffiti and the habitats of rats. We also considered the front yard as a symbol of the American dream, and how the boulevard visually ends up being an extension of the front yard. The idea of aesthetics in the landscape inspired me to consider how we perceive our environment, so we made a “blind simulator” using welding goggles to see how a blind person might experience the landscape. And we even talked about the science behind why we perceive snow to be bluish in color.

Artists Peter Cardone and Madeleine Bailey showed their landscape-inspired art at the Azimuth Project apartment gallery in Logan Square. Peter’s photography, which involved him clearing the growth within a landscape, connected with Meinig’s idea of how we can see the landscape as untouched nature, or modify it to have it produce wealth, such as with real estate.

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Picture by Peter Cardone. Photo Credit: Maurene Cooper

We’d like to extend a special thanks to the many people and organizations that made this special event in Logan Square a grand success. Thanks to Katherine of Katherine Anne Confections for the incredible hot chocolate; to Bill and Mike at Resolve Pest Solutions for the fascinating (and terrifying) information on rats in Logan Square; to Kevin and Abby at Crosstown Tree Service for explanation of tree species; to Mike at New Era Chicago Realty for perspective on real estate and some specific buildings we looked at; to Tony at Cellar Door Provisions for background on their garden for their new restaurant and bakery; to Shannon Kenney at Old Country Animal Clinic (in New York) for explanation of bird nests; to Dr. Matt Gifford at Red Eye Optical for guidance in simulating the perception of blind people; to Robin Amer formerly of WBEZ for presenting on wealth in the landscape; to Matt Saurman of dSpace Studio for his architectural expertise; to Denise Zaccardi at Community TV Network for guidance with gang graffiti; to artist Peter Cardone for his feedback on a practice-run of the tour; to MK at Comfort Station for graciously opening up to welcome our group; to Paul Levin of the Chamber of Commerce in Logan Square for information on changes in the Logan Square community; and to Maurene Cooper of Azimuth Projects for her collaboration, awesome input, and killer cookies.

– Amanda Scotese, Executive Director of Chicago Detours

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Chicago Folk Festival and Unique Folk Traditions

February 13, 2014 by

A Chicago folk tradition that is going on its 54th year this weekend is the Chicago Folklore Society’s annual Folk Festival. According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, folklore includes “includes legends and stories, folk speech, names and expressions, material culture, foodways, traditions, beliefs, and folk arts.”

Chicago has a long line of folk history going all the way back to the origins of its name “Chicago” and more famously Mrs. O’Leary’s cow that was once said to have started the great Chicago fire of 1871. Of course, we have exonerated this scapegoat, or cow rather, but the folklore legend will live on in our stories, both written and oral.

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Photo Credit: Amanda Scotese

Beyond oral traditions, Chicago shows its folk pride in other ways. One of my favorites this time of year is the folk custom of “dibs.” Chicagoans shovel and then claim their parking spot for the duration of the winter with a hodgepodge of household items. “Dibs” veterans even make homemade contraptions specifically for each winter.

Another Chicago folk tradition that is going on its 54th year this weekend is the Chicago Folklore Society’s annual Folk Festival that highlights some of the best in folk traditions. From music to poetry to dance, the Folk Festival is a special celebration of folklore events which brings together mostly musical traditions from all over the world with a focus on American music. The Chicago Folk festival also has a longstanding history here.

Founded in the early 1950s, the Folklore Society began and is still run as a student organization at the University of Chicago and had its first annual Chicago Folk Festival in the winter of 1961. This first festival included folk and jazz legends Elizabeth Cotton, Ralph and Carter Stanley, the New Lost City Ramblers and even Willie Dixon–who we share some Chicago history of on our Jazz, Blues and Beyond tour. Often considered the father of modern Chicago blues, Muddy Waters even graced the stage at the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall, where the festival has successfully taken place each year since 1961.

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Photo credit: University of Chicago Folklore Society

One of the nation’s longest-running traditional music festivals, this year’s Folk Festival boasts a Grammy award-winning bluegrass fiddler, traditional Irish music at its best, and some “razzle dazzle” from a master of Piedmont Blues. Performers include Bobby Hicks and Friends, Paddy Homan, Ari Eisenger, Bigfoot, the Yanks, and more. In addition to the music you can partake in other special events, like free dance lessons, storytelling events and workshops.

The University of Chicago Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of traditional music held Feb 14th-16th this year in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Hyde Park. You can listen to some amazing music, learn a dance move or two, then explore the neighborhood with delicious cheap eats and beautiful architecture, such as the Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright.

–Jenn Harrman, Tour Guide

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Three Cool Architectural and Historic Chicago Events in Feb.

February 11, 2014 by

In this week’s list of our top architectural and historic Chicago events, we bring you a tour of a church in a skyscraper, a forward-looking meeting with the Chicago Loop Alliance, and a unique tour and art show of the Logan Square landscape.

1.  Chicago Chapel in the Sky Guided Tours - Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St.

TOUR – Monday thru Sunday at 2pm; also Sunday 12:15pm


Tours of the chapel’s history and architecture start at the First United Methodist Church offices, located on the second floor. They take you to the top of the main building where your guide shares history about the church and its architecture. You’ll see beautiful stained glass windows with a view of the city, carved wooden beams (with steel inside), and a wood relief of Jesus looking over a 1960s Chicago cityscape. The whole thing takes about 25 minutes and it’s for donation only.

2. Chicago Loop Alliance Annual Meeting - Renaissance Blackstone Hotel, 636 S Michigan Ave

NETWORKING EVENT – Friday, February 14th – 8:00am-9:15am 

$35-$50 – reservations required

The event will bring together nearly 300 business, cultural and civic leaders who have a stake in the health and prosperity of Chicago’s downtown as a place to live, work and study. We’re most looking forward to announcements about the CLA’s awesome place-making initiatives, such as their transformation of vacant storefronts, medians, alleys and other spaces in the Loop into pop-up urban experiences. Breakfast is included!

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Photo credit: Amanda Scotese

3. Saturated Landscape Logan Square Tour and Art Show - Azimuth Projects, 2704 N. Whipple St.

ART SHOW AND  TOUR - Saturday, February 15th from 2pm to 5pm

$12 – Reservations required

This one-off event integrates an exhibition of landscape-inspired works at Azimuth Projects apartment gallery in Logan Square with a walking tour of the neighborhood landscape led by our founder and Executive Director, Amanda. Both the tour and exhibition address the metamorphosis of landscapes and the emotional and social ideas we attach to nature and the built environment. The curated exhibit will feature works by artists’ Peter Cardone and Madeleine Bailey and the tour will explore the ways we overlook or interpret the unseen processes and messages of our everyday Logan Square landscape and its vernacular architecture.

Two limited groups of 18 can experience the walk at either 2:15pm-3:15pm or 4pm-5pm which start at Azimuth Projects. The $12 ticket includes Katherine Anne Confections hot chocolate for the walk, hand warmers, and gifts.

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Logan Square Landscapes: Art and Tour

February 6, 2014 by

Our first Detour of 2014 will be “Saturated Landscape,” a special afternoon event of an art exhibition and tour in Logan Square on Saturday, February 15. In addition to our recurring public walking tours, these one-off Detour special events usually partner with awesome experts and organizations to design unique experiences that share Chicago architecture, history and culture from new angles. I love putting these special events together because it gives me an excuse to collaborate with people, learn new things, and dig into the archives for in-depth research.

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Photo credit: Amanda Scotese

For this Detour we have partnered with Azimuth Projects Gallery. The two-part experience of “Saturated Landscape,” held at their apartment gallery at 2704 N. Whipple St. from 2pm-5pm, combines an intimate exhibition of landscape-inspired artwork (curated by Azimuth) with a walking tour of the everyday landscape of the neighborhood (designed by Chicago Detours). For the art exhibit we’ll experience art that has been inspired by landscapes, and then on the walking tour we’ll go outside and interpret the landscape around us.

For the exhibit, Azimuth Projects Director Helen Maurene Cooper has curated works that illustrate the metamorphosis of landscapes that results from the growth, layering and juxtaposition of natural and manmade materials. To give you a little background, the curatorial project of Azimuth Projects has produced artist talks, supper club parties and conceptual nail art events. I’ve been to Maurene’s special events, and they bring people together for memorable activities that go well beyond just the standard art opening (the cookies alone for Feb. 15 will be worth a trek in the snow – I’ve sampled them and it’s true).

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From the series: “Licking the sunrise from a setting dawn (if people thought as little of me as I thought of them then what was love” by Madeleine Bailey

Come to the apartment gallery, and you’ll see the latest works of artists Peter Cardone and Madeleine Bailey. Cardone has pairs of large format photographs that show a two-part process of first photographing an overgrown lot, and then clearing the location for a second image. Bailey, who is captivated by histories and mythologies of flying and falling, sky and air, has made mixed media work that layers paper and photographs of landscapes at different times of day to capture subtle shifts in location and time.

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Photo credit: Amanda Scotese

Because the 2:15pm walking tour is already filling up, we have added an additional time slot. Two limited groups of 18 can experience the walk at either 2:15pm-3:15pm (few spots left) or 4:00pm-5:00pm. The tour requires advance reservations from our website. The $12 ticket includes Katherine Anne Confections hot chocolate for the walk, hand warmers, post card gift, and a $20 gift card for a future tour with us of interior architecture or historic bars. Attendance to the art exhibition is free.

The challenge of designing a walking tour of the everyday landscape and architecture has been to make something so mundane into something interesting. Like any of our guided tours of architecture, history and culture, we pride ourselves on being smart but also sharing intriguing perspectives, concepts and stories that go beyond dry dates, names, facts and figures.

This tour is inspired by D.W. Meinig’s “The Beholding Eye,” which considers the different perspectives from which we interpret the unseen processes and messages of the landscape. And I promise you it will be quite fascinating to dig up some surprising ideas on how we relate to the world around us in our regular Chicago lives.

We’ll talk about the tour and its topics – which range from the engineering underground to why the Midwest landscape is considered so boring – in a second blog post next week.

- Amanda Scotese, Chicago Detours Executive Director


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Three Cool Architectural and Historic Events This Week

February 4, 2014 by

Cool Architectural and historic events in Chicago are the focus of our weekly events listings, and this week we share with you lecture from a world-acclaimed architecture firm, an evening of Chicago blues, and a discussion that bridges painting and architecture.

1. Designing the Whole: JAHN Architects, Apple Store, 679 N. Michigan Ave.

ARCHITECT TALK AND NETWORKING EVENT- Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30pm 

Free - Reservations required

Join architect Bryan Howard of JAHN Architects as he discusses the world-acclaimed architecture firm’s projects from the past, present and future, and the design philosophy behind them. You’ll also have the chance to connect with individuals from like-minded businesses, other industry professionals and the Apple Business Team in a private reception held in the fourth floor (there’s a fourth floor?) Briefing Room.


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View of ” Judy Ledgerwood: Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation,” 2013. Photo Credit: Tom Van Eynde















2. Judy Ledgerwood, Graham Foundation, Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl.

ARTIST TALK – Thursday, February 6th at 6pm 

FreeReservations required

Judy Ledgerwood, Chicago-based painter and educator, will discuss her practice and her current installation, Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation, on view through April 5, 2014. Ledgerwood is the recipient of numerous awards and her work is represented in public collections nationally and internationally. The installation explores the possibilities of painting as it approaches the conditions of architecture—where walls take on new meaning and function, and the surface, the possibility to produce new affects.


3. Winter Blues with John Moulder, Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St.

CONCERT – Thursday, February 6th at 7:30pm

$40 tickets

Come in from the cold for an evening of Chicago blues. John Moulder is sure to chase away those winter blues with favorites such as Blind Willie McTell’s “Cold Winter Day” and Wayne Horvitz’s “Nine Below Zero.” Moulder is known for blending musical styles. To see what Moulder’s music is all about, see a video of him performing blues at the Green Mill. For this special event, he will blend the Chicago blues with his jazz guitar to warm you up on a cold winter evening. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for guests wishing to visit the Museum.

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Where to Stay in Chicago: Historic Hotels

January 30, 2014 by

Often on our architectural walking tours, locals and tourists alike will ask me about the best Chicago hotels. Being a Chicago native, I cannot recommend from experience. Instead, I recommend from history. Here are some of the best historic hotels in Chicago, where I would stay if given the excuse.

Photo Credit: Chicago Postcard Museum

Photo Credit: Chicago Postcard Museum

At Chicago Detours we try to promote the more positive and cultural aspects of Chicago history, but for those desiring the gangster fix, I’d recommend staying at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel. The historic barber shop, which was eliminated during recent renovations (what were they thinking?), can be seen in the film “The Untouchables.” All sorts of politicians, from mob bosses, to senators, to presidents, are known for staying at this historic hotel and for dealings in its smoke-filled rooms. We credit the Blackstone Hotel for this term as the legendary location of the first “smoke-filled room” where Warren G. Harding was nominated to run for president.

Hotel architects Marshall & Fox designed the Blackstone for the Drake brothers, who were powerful figures in the American hotel industry. It opened in 1908 and got its name for Timothy B. Blackstone, the head of the Union Stockyards and several railroads.

The Drake brothers had Marshall & Fox build another great Chicago hotel – their namesake. The Drake Hotel opened on New Year’s Eve in 1920 as a high-society palace in the posh Gold Coast neighborhood. At the opposite end of Michigan Avenue from the Blackstone Hotel, one can get a taste of Hollywood glamour in the Cape Cod Room. You can still see where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio came as giggling lovers and carved their initials into the wooden bar.

Many know the 20-foot tall, neon-pink letters as a fixture of the Chicago Lakeshore Drive skyline, but just recently they have been brought into 2014 with light purple LED lights. Today the Drake Hotel leads in green initiatives around the city and continues to host all manner of celebrities and dignitaries.

Photo Credit: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Photo Credit: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

For the architecture and the art, on a staycation in Chicago I would go to the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, my favorite of the historic Chicago hotels. Often I have had the pleasure of meeting friends and private tour guests in their opulent lobby. With Beaux-Arts frescoes on its ceiling, from which hang 24-karat gold chandeliers by Tiffany, the lobby speaks for a gentle era of leisure and luxury. On the mezzanine are cozy nooks to drink and watch the crowd gather and the stars line up to play. In the Empire Room, where the chandelier pictured here hangs, performers such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Liberace graced the stage.

Potter Palmer’s first hotel, which was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire, was a wedding gift from Potter to his wife. The history of the hotel and a collection of its art and artifacts are on view at the Hotel Museum. I’d also recommend the Lockwood, where you can grab a drink to take as you explore the hotel or experience it from the aforementioned cozy nooks.

Even without the excuse of needing to stay the night, locals and tourist alike can enjoy these historic hotels simply by remembering to step inside and enjoy the interior architecture, such as we do on our walking tours of Chicago.

– Elizabeth Tieri, Chicago Detours Tour Guide

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Three Cool Events In Architecture and History This Week

January 28, 2014 by

In this week’s January list of events in architecture and history in Chicago, we highlight an exhibit of found and archival photography from around the world, a screening of amateur and industrial Chicago films, and a conversation on social issues in postwar Chicago.

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Photograph from “Found Photos in Detroit” Photo credit: Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese

1. Archive StateMuseum of Contemporary Photography

PANEL DISCUSSION – Tuesday, January 28th – 6pm – free

Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave

In collaboration with the Italian Culture Institute of Chicago, the MoCP presents “Archive State,” where artists use found photographic materials and videos to investigate significant political and economic transitions specific to particular places. This panel discussion will include exhibiting artists Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese, artist Dawoud Bey, and curator and writer Hamza Walker. Moderated by MoCP director and exhibition curator Natasha Egan, participants will discuss ethical issues related to artists using found materials, including potentially sensitive images and documents, in the creation of their work.


FILM SCREENING – Tuesday, January 28th – 6pm-8pm – free Rescheduled for Sunday, March 23rd – 3pm-5pm

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue

In collaboration with Chicago Film Archives and Nightingale Cinema, the MCA presents Stress / De-Stress, a night of “expanded cinema and guided meditation.” Amateur and industrial films come alive through a three projector performance set to a live reading by Chicago-based writers Mairead Case and Ed Crouse, and the music of Joshua Dumas. Unlikely pairings of images from unexpected places create a relaxing environment to sit back and be guided by the words of Case and Crouse. I’m sure we could all use an evening of de-stressing.

3. Public Housing, Urban Politics, and Reform in Postwar Chicago, Milwaukee, Newberry Library

AUTHOR PRESENTATION – Thursday, January 30 – 4pm – free

Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St (Ruggles Hall)

Historians Eric Fure-Slocum and D. Bradford Hunt will use their recent publications to discuss race, urban politics, urban policy, public housing, and working-class identities in mid-twentieth century America.

Hunt’s award-winning Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago’s Public Housing traces public housing’s history in Chicago with a chronicle of the Chicago Housing Authority’s transformation from the city’s most progressive government agency to its largest slumlord. Fure-Slocum’s recently published Contesting the Postwar City: Working-Class and Growth Politics in 1940s Milwaukee examines how these conflicts forged the postwar city and laid a foundation for a neoliberal metropolis. Leon Fink, distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will moderate.

—Chicago Detours staff

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