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Weekly Architectural And Historic Events In Chicago

By Jenn Harrman on June 3, 2014


Looking for events to fill your social calendar this week? We’ve picked our three favorite architectural and historic events in Chicago to share with you. This week we feature a day trip to a century old mansion, a lecture on Chicago Prairie School in Australia, and an architectural scavenger hunt.

1. Historic Hegeler Carus Mansion Tour – DAY EXCURSION

40 E. Erie St. – Wednesday, June 4th, 8:00am-5:00pm

$70 public; $65 members – reservations required

Enjoy a day trip to the fascinating and historic Hegeler Carus Mansion with the Driehaus Museum this week. Art historian Rolf Achilles will guide guests through the almost unaltered mansion that is over a century old. The once family home is also the site of some incredible history in addition to some magnificent architecture. Plus the adventure comes with round-trip transportation, lunch and a stop at the Reddick Mansion to see some elaborate ceiling plaster and painted woodwork from 1856.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

2.¬†The Griffins’ Canberra: The Ambition and Reach of Chicago Progressive Architecture – LECTURE

Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut St. – Thursday, June 4th, 12:00pm

FREE for members/volunteers, $10 general public – reservations required

Merging Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovations and Daniel Burnham’s urban planning concepts, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony brought the Chicago Prairie School to Australia’s capital city. Both former employees of Frank Lloyd Wright, they carried out the largest production of the Prairie School in Chicago and it was all in Australia. Presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, listen to how they did it with architectural historian David Van Zanten and Mary Jane Crowe, Professor in Art and Art History at Northwestern University.

3. CAF Scavenger Hunt – INTERACTIVE GAME

224 S. Michigan Ave. – Saturday, June 7th, 1:00pm-4:00pm game, 4:00pm-6:00pm reception

$20 members, $25 non-members – reservations required

Explore the Loop and some hidden surprises on an architectural scavenger hunt this weekend. You’ll receive a special map to guide you around downtown and into some “mystery” behind-the-scenes locations, then a lightning trivia game will round out the hunt before the awards reception. Reservations also include a t-shirt and a drink provided by Goose Island.


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