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Chicago Events in November this Week

By Jenn Harrman on November 3, 2014


Each week we bring you our top picks for what to do around the city that focuses on architecture and history. Our Chicago events in November 2014 features a discussion of modernism in Chicago pre-Mies, a talk about a new proposed landmark, and a musical perspective of Frank Lloyd Wright.

1. Native Modernism—Chicago Architecture and Design before Mies and Moholy – LECTURE

Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave. – Tuesday, November 4th, 6:30pm-7:30pm

$10 members/$15 non-members/free to students with valid ID

When you think of Chicago modernism, Mies van der Rohe is often the first thing that pops into your mind with images of the Federal Center and Crown Hall in addition to his stamp that is simply all over this city. However, before Mies we had architects Holabird and Root, and Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White with the Palmolive building and the Merchandise Mart. And product designers such as John Morgan or Ivar Jepson who made sleek designs for everyday household appliances. This Tuesday Robert Bruegmann and Thomas Leslie present this revised view of Modernism in Chicago between the two World Wars at the Art Institute of Chicago.

2. The Fulton-Randolph Market District: Feeding Chicago since 1850 – LUNCH TALK

224 S. Michigan Ave., Lecture Hall – Wednesday, November 5th, 12:15-1pm


The Fulton-Randolph Market is currently home to some of Chicago’s best restaurants like the popular Girl and the Goat and Little Goat diner. And this excellence in food tradition goes back 164 years when Chicago built a food market here at Randolph and Halsted Streets. Now the city wants to honor this history by designating the Fulton-Randolph Market District a Chicago Landmark. Matt Crawford, who works for the city in the Department of Planning and Development with the Historic Preservation Division, will talk about the area’s rich history and distinctive mercantile architecture.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust website

3. Concerts in Context: American Originals – MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

875 Lake St., Oak Park – Thursday, November 6th, 7pm

$15 members/$18 non-members – reservations required

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust kicks off its Concerts in Context series this Thursday at Unity Temple with the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players. The group will offer unique perspectives on the music of American composers including Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Kurt Weill and Aaron Copeland. This first performance explores the cultural and historical context of the time when Frank Lloyd Wright was defining his vision for American architecture and puts you into the mood of the period to consider his architecture from a very unique perspective.



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