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  Louis Comfort Tiffany Exhibit  

Louis Comfort Tiffany Exhibit - Extended
Present-Sunday, January 4
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 Great War, Fashion & Social Customs  

Art, Craft & Argental: The Cellini Shop of Evanston
Thursday, October 16
Evanston, Illinois


Presentation by Mary B. McWilliams, guest curator at the Evanston History Center, as part of the Center’s “The Great War & the Making of the Modern World” lecture series. To learn more…

 
         
         
  INsite at the Farnsworth House  

INsite at the Farnsworth House
Friday, October 17-Monday, October 20
Plano, Illinois


INsite celebrates the structural minimalism and transparency of the Farnsworth House. Once illuminated the planes of the architecture will appear to float in darkness with projected light travelling through the glass walls, creating a myriad of reflections. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

Preparing Your Vintage Home for Winter
Saturday, October 18 (South location)
Chicago, Illinois


The weather may be warm and sunny now, but Chicago's long winter chill is not far off. So don't let the cold catch you by surprise and join preservation and sustainability consultant Carla Bruni to learn about practical, cost effective strategies for enhancing the comfort and energy efficiency of your vintage home while also preserving the architectural features that make it unique. Carla will also discuss important seasonal maintenance that can improve the health and safety of your family during the heating season.

 
         
         
  Classic Cinemas Historic Theatre Tour  

Classic Cinemas Historic Theatre Tour
Saturday October 18
Elmhurst, Illinois


The one-day bus tour will start in Elmhurst with the York Theatre, journey to Oak Park to visit the Lake and then head to Downers Grove to visit the Tivoli. Before returning to Elmhurst, we’ll also stop into the Downers Grove Museum to see their exhibit on the Tivoli “Movie Magic: Celebrating 86 years of the Tivoli Theatre.” Presented by Theatre Historical Society of America. Classic Cinemas was the 2011 winner of our Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Stewardship. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Make Big Plans Tour  

Make Big Plans Tour
Saturday, October 18
Chicago, Illinois


Have you been to Calumet Park, Steelworkers Park or Rainbow Beach? This Saturday these parks will be a few of the parks Friends of the Parks (FOP) will be visiting on the "Make Big Plans" Tour and see how these parks are part of Daniel Burnham's plan for Chicago. Join FOP Board Member, Paul Boyd, a closet Burnham scholar and enthusiast, on a bus tour starting at the point at Montrose Harbor. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Open House Chicago  

Open House Chicago
Saturday, October 18-Sunday, October 19
Chicago, Illinois


A free public festival presented by Chicago Architecture Foundation that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Tour Mid-Century Modern Homes by Belleville Architect Charles E. King  

Tour Mid-Century Modern Homes
Sunday, October 19
Belleville, Illinois


Mid-Century Modern architect Charles Erwin King practiced in Belleville, Illinois, from 1947 until 1961. In 1991, Architectural Digest named him among the “Top 100 Architects.” All proceeds of the tour will directly support the historical society’s preservation efforts, including the purchase and restoration of the Heinemann House, and the conversion of the Garfield Street Historic Saloon into a museum. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Robert Seyfarth Project Panel Discussion  

Robert Seyfarth Project Panel Discussion
Sunday, October 19
Highland Park, Illinois


Architectural historian Susan Benjamin will moderate a discussion on Seyfarth, his work and his legacy. Other panelists include Mary Seyfarth, granddaughter of Robert Seyfarth, David Van Zanten, Professor of Art History, Northwestern University, Ken Jellema, former Historic Preservation Chair, Blue Island, and local homeowner, Joe Reinstein. To learn more…

 
         
         
  The Life and Work of Marion Mahony Griffin   The Life and Work of Marion Mahony Griffin
Monday, October 20
Chicago, Illinois


The Chicago Park District is considering a proposal to rename Jarvis Beach in honor of architect Marion Mahony Griffin. Join the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society for a presentation by Professor Shiben Banerji, PhD, to learn more about this remarkable woman, her connections to Rogers Park, and her important contributions to the field of architecture. Cosponsored by the Rogers Park Branch Library. To learn more…
 
         
         
  Cocktails for Two  

Cocktails for Two
Thursday, October 23
Evanston, Illinois


Join Evanston History Center’s Costume Curator Janet C. Messmer for an exploration of the history of cocktails, cocktail parties, and the special clothes designed to be worn while imbibing. Includes cocktail reception. Co-presenter Three Crowns Park. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Some Enchanted Evening  

Some Enchanted Evening
Saturday, October 25
Decatur, Illinois


The stage is set, the singers and musicians selected, it is time for an enchanted evening. A five piece band lead by Michael Scherer will accompany five Millikin University students as they serenade everyone with brilliant Rogers and Hammerstein musical pieces. A fundraising event for the James Millikin Homestead. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Chicago Bungalow and Vintage Home Expo  

Chicago Bungalow and Vintage Home Expo
Saturday, October 25
Chicago, Illinois


Back by popular demand, Chicago’s largest and most popular home restoration, preservation and energy-efficient renovation expo is returning. Presented by Historic Chicago Bungalow Association. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue  

Shadows on the Street:
Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue
Saturday, October 25-Friday, October 31
Chicago, Illinois


Tales of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely endings as you explore Prairie Avenue after dark! Learn about the mystery surrounding the death of Marshall Field Jr., the tragic events that plagued the Philander Hanford house, the spirits that cause the windows to rattle in the William Kimball mansion, and much more! Presented by Glessner House Museum. To learn more…

Photo credit: F. Countiss

 
         
         
  Highland Park Historical Society’s Annual House Walk  

Highland Park Historical Society’s Annual House Walk
Sunday, October 26
Highland Park, Illinois


Will feature seven Seyfarth homes in Highland Park plus and Wolcott Hall at the Trinity Church, a room that was also designed by Seyfarth. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Death, Disease and Bones  

Death, Disease and Bones:
The Lincoln Park Walking Tour
Wednesday, October 29
Saturday, November 1
Chicago, Illinois


Did you know that cemeteries and skeletons played a major role in the history of Chicago? Over the last 100 years, digging in almost any area of Lincoln Park, one of the city’s original burial grounds, has uncovered skeletons and remains from the graveyards that used to inhabit the neighborhood. Join historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach on a walking excursion and learn about its macabre history as a vast, windswept burial site. Presented by the Driehaus Museum. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Past, Present, Future: The Conservancy at 25  

Past, Present, Future: The Conservancy at 25
Thursday, October 29-Sunday, November 2
Phoenix, Arizona


The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference will feature a rich array of presentations, tours, and a gala celebration. To learn more…

Photo: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, Phoenix

 
         
         
  Drawbridges Open & Close  

Drawbridges Open & Close
Thursday, October 30
Chicago, Illinois


Author Patrick T. McBriarty launches his new illustrated children’s book: Drawbridges Open and Close at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum in the SW Tower of the Michigan Avenue Bridge in Chicago. Meet the author, get inside the gear room, and learn how this fantastic bascule bridge works. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Nickerson Lecture  

Nickerson Lecture:
Gardens for a Beautiful America
Thursday, October 30
Chicago, Illinois


Gilded Age industrialism brought a new prosperity, but at the price of once pristine forests, rivers, and blue skies, devastated by continental railroad building and factory pollution. With garden lantern slides not seen since the 1930s, Sam Watters will explore the work of wealthy women and women landscape architects that rallied clubs and societies to green America through design and horticulture. Presented by the Driehaus Museum. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

Central Manufacturing District Walking Tour
Sunday, November 2
Chicago, Illinois


Join Preservation Chicago and Landmarks Illinois on a walking tour of Bridgeport's Central Manufacturing District (CMD). Established at the turn of the 20th century by the Chicago Junction Railway and primarily built between 1905 and the 1920s, the CMD was the first planned industrial district of its kind in Chicago, and arguably in the United States. Although the District has undergone demolition, fire damage, and disinvestment over the course of the last century, much of its ground-breaking architecture and plan remain for us to explore. The tour will visit some of its intact industrial landmarks, discuss current and future threats, and look at some exciting examples of re-use coming to the CMD. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Walk & Talk George Maher  

Walk & Talk George Maher
Sunday, November 2
Riverside, Illinois


Venture out to Riverside to meet with architect Charlie Pipal and historian Kathy Cummings and take an interior tour of a George Maher house, plus a walking tour of the neighborhood. Presented by Pleasant Home Foundation. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Members-Only Event: Antiques Appraisal  

Members-Only Event: Antiques Appraisal
Sunday, November 2
Chicago, Illinois


The Rogers Park / West Ridge Historical Society presents a members-only Antiques Appraisal to find out! Bring your valuables and collectibles and internationally-known experts will provide you with verbal assessments of their worth. All proceeds will benefit the Society. To join as a member or to learn more…

 
         
         
  The Great War, Fashion & Social Customs  

The Great War, Fashion & Social Customs
Thursday, November 6
Evanston, Illinois


Presentation by Janet C. Messmer, Evanston History Center’s Costume Curator, as part of the Center’s “The Great War & the Making of the Modern World” lecture series. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Music Light Architecture  

Music Light Architecture
Saturday, November 8
Aurora, Illinois


Join Third Coast Percussion and Luftwerk for a once-in-a-lifetime event at Bruce Goff’s historic Ford House. Third Coast Percussion will perform their own arrangements of Goff’s player piano compositions, and Luftwerk will create a dynamic lighting installation responding to the house and the music. To learn more…

 
         
         
  A Landmark Evening  

A Landmark Evening
Saturday, November 8
Petersberg, Illinois


An elegant evening of dining and entertainment to raise funds for the Historic Marbold Homestead. To learn more…

 
         
         
  SAH Awards Gala  

SAH Awards Gala
Saturday, November 8
Chicago, Illinois


The Society of Architectural Historians will present five Awards for Architectural Excellence during the 2014 SAH Awards Gala. The theme of the 2014 Gala is "A Foundation for Preservation," honoring those individuals who initiated early preservation work in Chicago and continue to support and encourage preservation. The Gala benefits SAH's educational mission and restoration of the Charnley-Persky House. To learn more…

 
         
         
  The White City Musical  

The White City Musical
Sunday, November 9
Oak Park, Illinois


Written by June Finfer for Lost & Found Productions, 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. Presented by Pleasant Home Foundation. 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…

 
         
         
  Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light  

Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light
Wednesday, November 12
Chicago, Illinois


Louis C. Tiffany used colored glass as a painter uses pigments. This radical concept broke with established stained glass methods, in which images were painted onto the surface of the glass. Instead, Tiffany and his artisans created “translucent pictures” using the color, texture, pattern, and opacity of the glass itself. In this illustrated lecture, Lindsy R. Parrott is Director/Curator at the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York, will explore the history of Tiffany’s glass and highlight some of the special types of glass found in his celebrated windows and lamps. Presented by the Driehaus Museum. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Matchmaking with Historic Sacred Places:  

Matchmaking with Historic Sacred Places:
Introducing iSPi
Wednesday, November 12
Chicago, Illinois


Celebrate the launch of Partners for Sacred Places’ newest website, iSPi (isp-ee), an online hub that connects artists, non-profits, and entrepreneurs with space, volunteers, and resources in houses of worship. To learn more and RSVP to this free event...

 
         
         
  Loredo Taft's Eternal Indian Statue  

Loredo Taft's Eternal Indian Statue
Tuesday, November 18
Chicago, Illinois


International Concrete Repair Institute will host a joint presentation with Landmarks Illinois and the local chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT), reviewing the history and recent investigation for repair of Loredo Taft's Eternal Indian Statue that overlooks the Rock River in Oregon, Illinois. The 50-foot tall concrete statue (commonly referred to as the "Black Hawk Statue") was erected in 1910 and dedicated in July of 1911. The presentation will discuss the history of the statue incorporating concrete methods that were revolutionary for the time as well as past repair efforts and the current investigation and restoration plan. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Christmas Candlelight Tours  

Christmas Candlelight Tours
Saturday, December 13-Sunday, December 14
Chicago, Illinois


These special 90-minute docent led tours will highlight Christmas customs and decorations of the 19th century. The Clarke House will feature simple decorations of the 1840s era when the celebration of Christmas was just beginning, and New Years Day was the most celebrated holiday. The Glessner House will feature more elaborate decorations of the late 19th century including a live tree (shipped from the Glessners' former summer estate in New Hampshire) decorated with period ornaments, and the dining table set for the Christmas feast. After the tour, stroll over to the landmark Wheeler Mansion on Calumet Avenue for light refreshments served in the beautifully decorated rooms of this 1870 home, now a boutique hotel. To learn more…

 
         
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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