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111 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 6 2019 - 6 PM

Event Details

Join SPIRE and the Stanford Club of Chicago for a private tour of the recently opened Chicago Architecture Center designed by Chicago-based firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) and a discussion with the center's President & CEO, Lynn Osmond, Hon AIA, CAE. Dinner will follow the discussion and tour.

We're honored and thrilled to offer our members and guests the opportunity to hear from Lynn Osmond, recent recipient of the prestigious AIA Illinois Richard Nickel Award for (non-architect) citizens who lift up architecture and the profession. Lynn will give us an overview of the new center and tell us about its impressive programs and exhibits. She'll share with us the enormous challenges of finding the new home for the center and how they settled on its current location in the heart of the city. We'll also learn about the center's breathtaking design from a senior member on the design project team.

Following the discussion, we'll tour of the stunning 20,000 square foot center that occupies the base of Mies van der Rohe's 1970 Illinois Center office complex and features custom-designed spaces for public programs and design education, plus nearly 10,000 square feet of exhibits designed in partnership with museum planning and design firm, Gallagher & Associates. We'll learn how Chicago architects impacted the world with their innovation and design.

The recently expanded Chicago City Model Experience features an interactive scale model of the city that includes more than 4,000 buildings. A film and light show illuminates the story of Chicago’s growth, its rebirth after the Chicago Fire and the city’s ever-changing skyline that includes some of the most iconic modern towers and the world’s first skyscrapers. The Chicago Gallery explores the city’s residential architecture and some of the key architects who shaped the city, like Louis Sullivan and Mies van der Rohe. From Me to We: Imagining the City of 2050 explores what future urban life will look like in Chicago with insights and predictions offered by local architects. The highlight of the CAC is the stunning Drake Family Skyscraper Gallery that features supersized scale models of famous skyscrapers in Chicago and around the world – some of which are nearly 40-feet tall.

The tour will be followed by dinner and drinks nearby.

This event is open to all SPIRE members and guests.