Friends of Downtown
John Holden & Joel Malkin
Speaker John Holden


Friends of Downtown’s popular lunchtime programs are usually held the first Thursday of the month, in the Chicago Cultural Center.



Next Brown Bag Luncheon

Downtown Chicago’s Great Rail Stations

Thursday, Oct 2nd, 2014 at 12:15

Chicago Cultural Center | Millennium Room

Presenters: Joe Schwieterman

Join DePaul professor Joseph Schwieterman for a colorful look at the transportation terminals that have made Chicago one of the world’s greatest travel centers. He’ll share striking images from his new book, Terminal Town: An Illustrated Guide to Chicago’s Airports, Bus Depots, Trains Stations, and Steamship Landings, 1939 – Present. Professor Schwieterman’s will look back at the city’s transit hubs built since World War II and ahead to some of the “terminals of tomorrow."

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Previous Tours

Flashpoint Academy Reception and Tour


Tuesday, August 18 2009 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Flashpoint Academy at 25 N. Clark, 4th floor.

A reception and tour of the downtown Chicago school where video games, animation, film/broadcast production skills and movie special effects are born - Flashpoint Academy.

Flashpoint Academy is one of Chicago's newest centers of higher education. Flashpoint's students focus only on what is necessary to develop careers as game developers, computer animators, film makers or sound engineers. Only two years old, the Academy already has 600 students in its Chicago Loop "campus" and expects to grow to 1000 students soon.

Come and see demonstrations of the latest technologies that are being used for today's and tomorrow's entertainment and game industries.

As a bonus, you'll be surrounded by the impressive and extensive modern art collection of Academy President Howard Tullman that adorns the hallways of Flashpoint.

Our next annual meeting will be held in December 2012.

Our next annual awards event will be held in Spring 2013.

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