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  Mecca Flat Blues  

Mecca Flat Blues
Saturday, February 15 – Sunday, May 25
Chicago, Illinois


An exhibition curated by Chicago’s cultural Historian Tim Samuelson at the Chicago Cultural Center looks at the architectural and sociological significance of Chicago’s Mecca Apartments. The 1891 building was demolished in 1952 and replaced with Mies Van der Rohe’s Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Gallery Talks on February 27 and March 27 at 12:15 p.m. Concerts on March 6 and May 3 at 12:15 p.m. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Glessner House Museum New Docent Training  

Glessner House Museum New Docent Training
Saturdays, March 15 through April 12
Chicago, Illinois


Have you ever thought about volunteering your time as a docent at the Glessner and Clarke House Museums? Serving as a docent is a great way to share your love of history and architecture with others. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Wood Window Rehab Workshop  

Wood Window Rehab Workshop
Monday, April 7-Friday, April 18
Vermontville, Michigan


The Vermontville Academy & Museum is seeking ten prospective trainees who have a stated interest in pursuing Historic Preservation as a vocation or avocation and have a minimum of six months of successful experience in a “hands on” construction trade or related activity. For additional requirements and information…

 
         
         
  Neighborhood and Redevelopment Planning and Financing  

Neighborhood and Redevelopment Planning and Financing
Wednesday, April 9
Normal, Illinois


The Regional Information Forum is an annual event facilitated by McLean County Regional Planning Commission to discuss planning related issues and how they impact McLean County. This year's keynote speaker is Charles Marohn from Strong Towns. Their mission is to support a model for growth that allows America's towns to become financially strong and resilient. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

Adaptive Reuse - "Make it Happen"
Thursday, April 10-Friday, April 11
Rockford, Illinois


2014 APA Illinois State Section Spring Conference topics include: In-fill Development; Disaster Planning; and Securing Redevelopment Funding. A Mobile workshop explores use of the historic tax credit at Prairie Street Brewery. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

Stained Glass Windows of Lake Forest
Friday, April 11
Lake Forest, Illinois


Stained glass, as an art form, reached its height in the Middle Ages when it became a major pictorial form used to illustrate the narratives of the Bible to a largely illiterate populace. We’ve come a long way; we can now read. However, the love for our stained glass is still prevalent. Today both churches and homes in Lake Forest have interesting iconic stained glass. This talk will include how the glass is made, including the differences in the Tiffany glass, what our churches have installed, and how windows are being preserved. Presented by Lake Forest Preservation Foundation. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Pleasant Home Performing Arts Series  

Pleasant Home Performing Arts Series
Winifred Haun & Dancers
Saturday, April 12
Oak Park, Illinois


Winifred Haun & Dancers is a professional modern dance company led by award winning choreographer and dancer, Winifred Haun. “Vision, Faith, & Desire”, inspired by modern dance choreographer Martha Graham, will be performed. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Chicago Expander Workshop: Food  

Chicago Expander Workshop: Food
April 14 - May 10
Chicago, Illinois


Join a multidisciplinary group of thinkers, designers and practitioners in an intensive workshop that examines our region's food systems and develops new models addressing urban design. Situated in the agricultural heartland of the Midwest, Chicago and its transportation networks, economy, ecology and politics are shaped by food. This Chicago Expander workshop will explore our region's food systems by drawing on geography as a research and design paradigm. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Vintage Home Rehab 101  

Vintage Home Rehab 101
Tuesday, April 15
Wednesday, May 28
Chicago, Illinois


From critical repairs to increasing a home’s “curb appeal”, rehab season is fast approaching in Chicago. For many homeowners this is a time of questions: What improvements should I make first? What are smart investments in a down market? How do I find the right contractor? Join Matt Cole of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) to learn some tips for prioritizing projects, choosing contractors, and minimizing the chance of costly surprises. To learn more…

 
         
         
  The Raising of the Dome  

The Raising of the Dome
Saturday, April 19
Carbondale, Illinois


A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Home restoration construction under the work of Dome Inc. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Roadside History of Illinois  

Roadside History of Illinois
Wednesday, April 23
Chicago, Illinois


Author Stan Banash describes the state’s diverse history as he guides you along highways and byways, such as the Old Cumberland Road, the Trail of Tears, Lincoln Highway and more found in his book “Roadside History of Illinois.” To learn more call the Norwood Park Historical Society at (773) 631-4633.
 

 
         
         
  Alfonso Iannelli and the Studios  

Alfonso Iannelli and the Studios
Present – Saturday, April 26
Chicago, Illinois


This ArchiTech Gallery show outlines the design process of the artist, sculptor, and designer Alfonso Iannelli, showing early sketches and ideas from the Los Angeles roots through the Chicago phase and finally to the Park Ridge studio decades. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Earth Building and Architecture Workshop  

Earth Building and Architecture Workshop
Monday, April 28-Sunday, May 9
Oasis of M'Hamid, Morocco


Terrachidia, with the collaboration of INTBAU Espana, is organizing the 8th earth building and traditional architecture workshop in the South of Morocco. This workshop will focus on the restoration of the main fortified gate and the façades of the mosque of Zaouia. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy  

Catholic Church Architecture and
the Spirit of the Liturgy
Thursday, May 1
Chicago, Illinois


Historic St. Thomas the Apostle Parish is proud to welcome Dr. Denis McNamara to speak on the meanings of liturgical art and architecture, and by association, the history, meanings, and messages of our beautiful building and the treasures it contains. Dr. McNamara is assistant director and faculty member at the Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. This lecture completes their award winning series on the art and architecture of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

House History & Renovators Resource Day
Saturday, May 3
Chicago, Illinois


Norwood Park Historical Society’ house history and renovators’ resources will be available to researchers and curious homeowners. Volunteers will also be available to answer questions at this free event. To learn more, click here or call (773) 631-4633.

 
         
         
  Centennial Monthly Historic Speaker Series  

Centennial Monthly Historic Speaker Series
Sunday, May 4
Crystal Lake, Illinois


Crystal Lake’s Railroad History will be presented by popular speaker and local historian, Craig Pfannkuche. Although Crystal Lake was originally settled without reference to any railroad, it was the coming of two railroads which spurred rapid growth in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This is also a fundraiser for the Crystal Lake Historical Society. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Small Project Awards Reception   Small Project Awards Reception
Friday, May 9
Chicago, Illinois


The fourth annual Small Firm/Small Project Award program recognizes high quality work from small Chicago architectural firms and exceptional small local projects. Presented by the AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group, the goal of this award program is to raise public awareness of the value that architects bring to small projects and to promote small practitioners as a resource for design excellence. To learn more…
 
         
         
  Mother's Day House Walk  

Mother's Day House Walk
Sunday, May 11
Evanston, Illinois


In the 39 years since its inception, the Evanston History Center’s Mother’s Day House Walk has embodied the best of history and architecture. This year, we will present stunning private homes in northwestern Evanston. The House Walk includes interior viewing of the houses. Your support of the House Walk benefits EHC’s programs and our preservation of Evanston history. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Vintage Masonry Repair  

Vintage Masonry Repair
Wednesday, May 14
Chicago, Illinois


From greystones to bungalows, Chicago neighborhoods are defined by brick and stone buildings. However, many homeowners are uncertain of how to best maintain and repair their vintage homes. Presented by Mario Machnicki of Marion Restoration, this workshop will cover: common masonry deterioration problems, identifying priority repairs, best practices for cleaning and repointing, and establishing a scope of work for rehab projects. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

Michigan Places Matter: Annual Conference
Wednesday, May 14-Saturday, May 17
Jackson, Michigan


Over the past 33 years, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network has used its annual statewide conference to draw together the unsurpassed skills and amazing talents of those in the state’s preservation community and those with allied interests. The speakers, experts in their fields, engage the imaginations of 400 conference attendees. The participants are catalysts for dialogue, filling the halls, classrooms, and tour buses with their intense conversations and questions, and – with more than just a dash of style – making the parties both memorable and useful. Beyond the doors of conference headquarters, the host community allows us to take over its streets and study its latest preservation efforts – both the inspiring successes and the galvanizing losses. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Chicago's Historic Hyde Park  

Chicago's Historic Hyde Park
Thursday, May 15
Chicago, Illinois


In “Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park”, Susan O’Connor Davis offers readers a biography of this distinguished neighborhood, from house to home, and from architect to resident. Along the way, she weaves a fascinating tapestry, describing Hyde Park—Kenwood’s most celebrated structures from the time of Lincoln through the racial upheaval and destructive urban renewal of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s into the preservationist movement of the last thirty-five years. This book signing and lecture by author Susan O'Connor Davis are Co-sponsored by Friends of Historic Second Church and the Hyde Park Historical Society. To learn more…

 
         
         
  All Wright Architectural Housewalk  

All Wright Architectural Housewalk
Saturday, May 17
Oak Park, Illinois


For the first time in 15 years, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's annual Housewalk will feature only buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Century Homes: Annual Spring Housewalk  

Century Homes: Annual Spring Housewalk
Sunday, May 18
Wilmette, Illinois


Discover some of Wilmette’s oldest homes and their earliest residents at the Wilmette Historical Museum’s Spring Housewalk, “Century Homes.” On this tour, guests will see the interiors of four houses that represent different architectural styles popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including Italianate, Classical Revival, Queen Anne, and Arts & Crafts. Highlights include original marble fireplaces, plaster crown molding, a Queen Anne turret, and exquisite art glass and woodwork inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement. To learn more and purchase tickets ...

 
         
         
  GreenTown Chicago  

GreenTown Chicago
Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22
Chicago, Illinois


A two day conference about transportation, natural resources and ecosystems, energy, community and neighborhood sustainability planning, healthy communities, local food, green business, and more. GreenTown brings together the public sector and the private sector to “connect the dots”, to inspire and to work together to remake communities. Conference Flyer. GreenTown on Facebook.

 
         
         
  Alica and Wonderland Tea  

Alice and Wonderland Tea
Saturday, May 31
Rockford, Illinois


Looking for a unique experience to share with family and loved ones, come to the Tinker Swiss Cottage - Alice in Wonderland Themed tea. Enjoy three delectable courses of scones, various kid approved sandwiches, along with an array of desserts to compliment your endless amount of tea. You will be entertained by trivia and games with the chance of winning prizes. All tea participants will have the opportunity to tour the first floor of the Tinker Cottage see the beautiful mansion. To learn more…

 
         
         
  The Churches of Edward Dart  

The Churches of Edward Dart
Saturday, June 7
Gary, Indiana


Renowned architect Edward Dart, FAIA (1922-1975) designed all sorts of buildings, from houses to Chicago's Water Tower Place. Chicago preservationist Matt Seymour discusses Dart’s influence throughout the Midwest in mid-century church architecture. Paula DeBois leads a tour of St. Augustine Episcopal Church, commissioned by the African American congregation 1958, 2425 W. 19th Ave., Gary. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Hamilton Primary School Festival  

Hamilton Primary School Festival
Saturday, June 7
Otterville, Illinois


An annual fundraising festival to restore the Hamilton Primary School in Otterville which was listed to LI’s 2014 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois. Enjoy food, entertainment, crafts, antique cars, a bake-off, auction, kid's games, raffles and a school reunion. Event is free. For more information, please call Bob Rothe at (618) 535-4858 or Mary Drainer at (618) 535-0342. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Annual Heritage Trolley Tour  

Annual Heritage Trolley Tour
Sunday, June 8
Crystal Lake, Illinois


Hop onboard the trolley and get a unique perspective of Crystal Lake’s history. Members of the Crystal Lake Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) will provide a 45-minute guided tour of a few of their favorite “Tree Streets.” This is a timed and ticketed event. Tickets are $10 and available at Heisler’s Bootery, 50 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake. Please call 815-479-0835 with any questions.

 
         
         
   

Yard Sale
Saturday, June 21
Chicago, Illinois


All proceeds from this annual event go toward helping the Norwood Park Historic Society pay their bills, continue to lower their mortgage and to further restore the 1833 Noble-Seymour-Crippen House. To learn more…

 
         
         
  June Revel  

June Revel
Saturday, June 21
Oak Park, Illinois


The Pleasant Home Foundation presents a gala event with a nostalgic theme reminiscent of another era. The event will include theatrical entertainment, strolling musicians, delicious food, and a silent auction titled "Great Estates" featuring unique experiences in notable private homes. Income generated from the 2014 June Revel will help fund museum projects such as restoring the historic roof, rebuilding the second floor piazza, and installing climate control in the public areas of the home. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Sound the Alarm - History of the Crystal Lake Fire Department  

Sound the Alarm -
History of the Crystal Lake Fire Department
Sunday, June 22
Crystal Lake, Illinois


The Crystal Lake Historical Society presents “Free Summer Sundays” a series of events on the grounds of the 1858 Colonel Palmer House at Rt 176 and Terra Cotta Rd in Crystal Lake. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Louis Comfort Tiffany Exhibit  

Louis Comfort Tiffany Exhibit
Present-Sunday, June 29
Chicago, Illinois


The Driehaus Museum has more than 60 windows, lamps, vases and accessories by Tiffany on view from the distinguished Driehaus Collection. To learn more…

 
         
         
  The Slave Dwelling Project Conference  

The Slave Dwelling Project Conference
Thursday, September 18-Saturday, September 20
Savannah, Georgia


The conference is designed to bring together preservationists from around the United States and abroad to exchange ideas, resources, share perspectives and solutions to preserving extant African American slave dwellings for future generations. Conference 2014 will feature three days of concurrent sessions, keynote speakers, a celebrity preservations dinner gala and a city tour of Savannah’s extant slave dwellings – preserved and those in need of preservation. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Pleasant Home Performing Arts Series  

Pleasant Home Performing Arts Series
The White City: Burnham's Dream
Sunday, November 9
Oak Park, Illinois


"The White City: Burnham's Dream" - Written by June Finfer, this play is a glimpse into the past, and an inspiration for the future, revealing how obstacles were overcome and how Burnham’s Dream, is being fulfilled. To learn more…

 
         
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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