Projects by Chicago Architects - Three Decades of Wheeler Kearns Architects
Jul
27
4:30 pm16:30

Projects by Chicago Architects - Three Decades of Wheeler Kearns Architects

  • The Cliff Dwellers

Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in their series of architectural lectures on Thursday July 27, 2017; Three Decades of Wheeler Kearns Architects.

Wheeler Kearns Architects (WKA), the 2016 Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Firm of the Year, is a collective practice of architects. Spanning nearly thirty years, WKA has been involved in envisioning/master-planning, renovation, adaptive reuse, and new construction projects for institutional, residential, and community-driven organizations. Since our practice includes multiple project types, our portfolio is varied in imagery and language. Projects are developed around an “emotional center” that embodies our client’s energy, purpose, and vision. Three team members will navigate through 30 years of practice, recently completed, and in-progress work.

 Additional Info:  The door and bar open at 4:30PM. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and the program will begin at 7:00. The price per person for dinner is $35 and the program that follows is free.

Reservations are required for dinner and requested for the program. They may be made by e-mail to reservations@cliff-chicago.org or calling 312-922-8080 and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by cash, credit card or charge to a member’s House Account.

Discount parking is available after 4:00 at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State.  Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.


Projects by Chicago Architects - It’s Not Just a Ballpark, presented by Bill Ketcham and Andy Pigozzi.
Apr
13
4:30 pm16:30

Projects by Chicago Architects - It’s Not Just a Ballpark, presented by Bill Ketcham and Andy Pigozzi.

  • The Cliff Dwellers

 Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in their series of architectural lectures on Thursday, April 13, 2017; Wrigley Field Historic Rehabilitation and Restoration - It’s Not Just a Ballpark, presented by Bill Ketcham and Andy Pigozzi.

The presentation will include an overview of the 1060 project which includes Wrigley Field, the adjacent Plaza, the Cubs Office Building, Hotel and expanded baseball operations. It will focus on the historic landmark issues, technical forensics and challenges and the sequence of building between baseball seasons and how winning impacts the schedule. The renovation extends well beyond the friendly confines and we will discuss how the master plan and collateral development will enhance the greater Wrigleyville neighborhood.

Mr. Ketcham has practiced architecture in Chicago for over forty years. He has successfully completed a broad range of Architecture, Interior Design, Planning, Adaptive Re-use and Preservation projects. Since joining Stantec in 1999, he has been a firm leader in serving clients with award-winning design in the Higher Education, Multi-family Residential, Entertainment and Cultural markets.

Mr. Pigozzi has over twenty-five years of experience leading complex projects for commercial education and healthcare organizations. He is an expert in the renovation, adaptive reuse of aging facilities, and large complex projects connecting to existing structures. Andy is interested in building consensus among diverse stakeholders and executing against aggressive project schedules.

Additional Info: The door and bar open at 4:30. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and the program will begin at 7:00. The price per person for dinner is $35 and the program that follows is free. Reservations are strongly encouraged for dinner and suggested for the program. They may be made by calling 312-922-8080 or by e-mail to

reservations@cliff-chicago.org

and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by credit card or charge to a member’s House Account only.

Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State. Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.

Projects by Chicago Architects - SOM - 80 Years of Global Practice in Chicago
Mar
30
4:30 pm16:30

Projects by Chicago Architects - SOM - 80 Years of Global Practice in Chicago

  • The Cliff Dwellers

Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in a series of lectures at the Cliff Dwellers on Projects by Chicago Architects: Eric R Keune, On the occasion of SOM's 80th anniversary, will share some of the firm's recent work in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, Indianapolis, Indiana, along with several international projects which have been informed by work in the firm’s “hometown”.

Eric R. Keune, AIA is a Design Director with SOM where he has worked for the last 19 years in both the Chicago and San Francisco offices. Architect , Architectural Historian, and author - he is the author of a monograph on the work of onetime Chicagoan Paffard Keatinge-Clay entitled: Modern Architect(ure)/Modern Master(s). During his tenure with the SOM Eric has designed and built two projects for the State Department in Beijing and Guangzhou, as well as Kia Motors Headquarters and Automotive Design Center in Irvine, the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California and locally, an apartment for his family on Lake Shore Drive. He has not yet acquired the flat vowel sounds characteristic of the region.

Additional Info: The door and bar open at 4:30. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and the program will begin at 7:00. The price per person for dinner is $35 and the program that follows is free. Reservations are strongly encouraged for dinner and suggested for the program. They may be made by calling 312-922-8080 or by e-mail to

reservations@cliff-chicago.org

and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by credit card or charge to a member’s House Account only.

Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State. Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.

Projects by Chicago Architecture Critics Lecture Series - Blair Kamin Presents - The Gates of Harvard Yard
Feb
15
4:30 pm16:30

Projects by Chicago Architecture Critics Lecture Series - Blair Kamin Presents - The Gates of Harvard Yard

  • The Cliff Dwellers

Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in a series of lectures at the Cliff Dwellers on Projects by Chicago Architecture Critics: Blair Kamin will talk about his most recent book, "The Gates of Harvard Yard" which is a result of his 2012-2013 Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.

Blair Kamin is the architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune, a post he has held since 1992. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and continues a tradition of accessible but authoritative criticism begun by the Tribune's first modern-day architecture critic, Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Gapp. Kamin also serves as a contributing editor of Architectural Record magazine and was part of a team of editors, writers, photographers and critics for the magazine which in 2003 won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. 

Additional Info: The door and bar open at 4:30. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and the program will begin at 7:00. The price per person for dinner is $35 and the program that follows is free. Reservations are strongly encouraged for dinner and suggested for the program. They may be made by calling 312-922-8080 or by e-mail to

reservations@cliff-chicago.org

and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by credit card or charge to a member’s House Account only.

Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State. Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.

 

Projects by Chicago Architects - Tim Samuelson presents The Last Days of Louis Sullivan
Jan
25
4:30 pm16:30

Projects by Chicago Architects - Tim Samuelson presents The Last Days of Louis Sullivan

  • The Cliff Dwellers

Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in a series of lectures at the Cliff Dwellers on Projects by Chicago Architects: Tim Samuelson presents The Last Days of Louis Sullivan.

Louis Sullivan was one of Chicago and the world’s most important architects, but his later days are often portrayed as a grim period, with little work. Tim Samuelson argues that his final years were ones of optimism and achievement. After years of difficulties, Sullivan
needed a guardian angel and he found one in the fellowship of the Cliff Dwellers. Tim’s talk will both focus on Sullivan’s later work and touch on his many connections with the Cliff Dwellers. The talk is complemented by a show of Sullivan’s work, including original terra
cotta pieces and ornamental grills.

Tim Samuelson is currently the Cultural Historian of the City of Chicago and previously the Curator of Architecture and Design at the Chicago Historical Society. He is also an Honorary Member of the Cliff Dwellers.

Additional Info: The door and bar open at 4:30. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and the program will begin at 7:00. The price per person for dinner is $25 and the program that follows is free. Reservations are required for dinner and requested for the program. They may be made by e-mail to reservations@cliff-chicago.org and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by cash, credit card or charge to a member’s House Account.

Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State. Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.

2016 Annual Meeting
Dec
6
12:00 pm12:00

2016 Annual Meeting

  • The East Bank Club

Current and prospective members are welcome to attend the Friends of Downtown's 2016 Annual Meeting. It will take the form of a luncheon, with a presentation highlighting our past year and a discussion of good things to come in 2017.  

Please register your attendance and pre-select your lunch entree by clicking "Yes" on this page. The meeting and luncheon are complimentary to current members, but registration and the selection of your lunch entree in advance is required. 

All members and guests attending this event, please register your attendance and select your lunch entree by Dec. 1 on the event brite link here: 

https://fod2016annualmeeting.eventbrite.com

You may also register a guest and invite your friends to join. It's not too late to become a member! Membership information is available here: 

http://www.friendsofdowntown.org/take-action

FAQs

How do I see/select my lunch entree option?

First, click "Yes" on this page. On the next page, click "Yes" again, and select "1" under the ticket type (member/non-member). Go to "Checkout,"  and complete all required information, including choosing from among the entrees listed. (Tip: All will be delicious!)

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The East Bank Club is located at the corner of Kingsbury St. and Kinzie St., a few blocks from the Merchandise Mart station (Brown/Purple).

Parking is available in the attached garage (entrance on Kingsbury), and parking tickets will be validated at the event, for a reduced rate. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

To double check your membership status or get answers to other questions, you may send an email to info@friendsofdowntown.org.

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Friends of Downtown

Projects by Architects Lecture Series - Phil Castillo of Jahn Presents 1000M
Nov
18
4:30 pm16:30

Projects by Architects Lecture Series - Phil Castillo of Jahn Presents 1000M

Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in a series of lectures at the Cliff Dwellers on Projects by Chicago Architects: Phil Castillo presents 1000 M.

1000 S Michigan Avenue will become a prominent landmark on the City’s skyline and enhance the Michigan Avenue streetscape. Located at the south end of Grant Park, the massing of this 73 story residential Tower will join with the Museum Park Tower to balance the massing of the northern skyline of the Trump Tower, Aon Center, Lake Point Tower and the Hancock Tower. The goal of the building’s design is to maximize the lake and park views, and to increase the relatively short Michigan Avenue street frontage of 113’-4” in a subtle and graceful way, as the Tower rises to a height of 832’. A 28’ high cutout between the base and tower condominium uses reinforcing the Michigan Avenue Street Wall. Two sweeping curved facades at the east and west facades define the tower. A sharp edge at the northeast and southwest corners slope outward as the building rises giving the tower a strong presence on the City’s skyline.

Philip Castillo is a Partner and Executive Vice President at JAHN where he has worked closely with Helmut Jahn on large scale urban developments such as Sony Center in Berlin and some of the firm’s more complex projects including the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand as well as smaller projects that foster innovation like the Harold and Margo Schiff Residences in Chicago and the design for a system of Urban Furniture for the JC Decaux Company The goal is to do projects that perform on a very high level increasing user comfort and being respectful of our environment.

Philip began his association with Helmut Jahn in 1978 becoming a Partner in 2011. He was inducted into the College of Fellows in 2010 and is a member of the Large Firm Round Table at AIA Chicago and the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings and currently serves on the Board of AIA Chicago. Speaking engagements include the CTBUH World Conferences in Melbourne Australia and Mumbai, India.

Additional Info: The door and bar open at 4:30. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and the program will begin at 7:00. The price per person for dinner is $25 and the program that follows is free. Reservations are strongly encouraged for dinner and suggested for the program. They may be made by calling 312-922-8080 or by e-mail to reservations@cliff-chicago.org and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by credit card or charge to a member’s House Account only.

Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State. Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.

Projects by Chicago Architects Lecture Series - Friends of Downtown presents South Grant Park
Sep
7
5:30 pm17:30

Projects by Chicago Architects Lecture Series - Friends of Downtown presents South Grant Park

  • The Cliff Dwellers

Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in a series of lectures at the Cliff Dwellers on Projects by Chicago Architects: Friends of Downtown Presents South Grant Park Charrette

  Friends of Downtown, Perkins + Will and Site Design Group convened a charrette July 13th 2016 at The Cliff Dwellers in Chicago to assemble and engage local stakeholders and begin a conversation about the future of South Grant Park.

  “Chicago’s Front Lawn”, a local and national treasure and a central focus of Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett’s 1909 master plan for the city, has seen major projects completed in the last decade, guided by the Grant Park 2002 framework plan. Improvements to the South end of grant park have been few compared to the north edge comprised of Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park.

  Proposed development in the south loop area over the next decade brings an opportunity to engage the community and local stakeholders on improvements to keep Grant Park a local, national and international destination. Major stakeholders and facilitators proposed several projects for the future which seek to balance neighborhood and regional use, increase circulation and wayfinding and create a unique identity for South Grant Park.

  Adam Lund is President of the Friends of Downtown and an Architect and Urban Designer at Perkins + Will. Adam’s work focuses on creating sustainable, beautiful and socially equitable projects across a variety of scales from individual buildings to neighborhoods. He received the AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root Young Architect award in 2014 and is a member of the Cliff Dwellers. 

  Committed to transformative place-making, Andrew Broderick is a Senior Planner focused on helping neighborhood, campuses, and cities make important decisions that impact their future built environment. As a certified urban planner, he thinks comprehensively about issues such as demographics, capital investment, land/space use, sustainability, public open space, transportation, and infrastructure. 

  Brad McCauley is the Managing Principal at site design group, ltd., who specializes in construction detailing and contract documentation. Through Brad’s extensive knowledge in transforming design into buildable projects, he has helped facilitate numerous award-winning public spaces for site design group, ltd.  Brad is actively involved in a number of professional and service organizations, including serving as the President-Elect of the American Society of Landscape Architects Illinois Chapter.

 

  Additional Info:  The door and bar open at 5:30. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and the program will begin at 7:00. The price per person for dinner is $25 and the program that follows is free. Reservations are required for dinner and requested for the program.

They may be made by calling 312-922-8080 or by e-mail to reservations@cliff-chicago.org and can be made up until the afternoon of the event.

Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by credit card or charge to a member’s House Account only.

Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State.  Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.

 

Projects by Chicago Architects Lecture Series - Ralph Johnson presents Riverline
Aug
19
5:30 pm17:30

Projects by Chicago Architects Lecture Series - Ralph Johnson presents Riverline

  • The Cliff Dwellers

Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in a series of lectures at the Cliff Dwellers on Projects by Chicago Architects: Ralph Johnson presents Riverline.   

A collaboration between CMK, Lend Lease, and Perkins + Will, Riverline is a modern riverfront community that blends the best elements of natural tranquility and urban vibrancy. Combining world-class architecture with a connection to the environment and surrounding community, Riverline will offer up a once in a lifetime opportunity to “discover your urban nature.” The thoughtfully designed master-planned community will cover most of the area bound by Harrison Street, the Chicago River, Roosevelt Road and Wells Street, and will provide more than 3,700 residences across 10 residential buildings. Luxurious living will meet ecologically-conscious in the mix of high-rise for-sale condominiums, rental apartments and fee simple townhomes. The Riverline community will also feature six acres of public, open space and a half mile of continuous waterfront promenade, including a wetland designed by award-winning landscape architects Hoerr Schaudt, that replaces the current seawall, and restores the South Bank of the Chicago River to its natural environment.  

Perkins+Will Global Design Director, Ralph Johnson, will present on behalf of the Riverline development team. Ralph’s career began with Perkins+Will in 1976, and he has since garnered more than 150 design awards, including 8 national Honor Awards and more than 50 regional Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects, as well as a Progressive Architecture Design Award. Ralph’s work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Paris Biennale, and the São Paulo Biennale. His work has been published in architectural journals around the world including Architectural Review, Architectural Record, A+U, Architect and Domus.  He has lectured at numerous universities and was a visiting critic at the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Board of Overseers at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, a member of the Committee on Architecture of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was honored in October 2015 as a newly elected member of the National Academy – one of the highest honors in American art and architecture.

Additional Info:  The door and bar open at 5:30. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and the program will begin at 7:00. The price per person for dinner is $25 and the program that follows is free.

Reservations are required for dinner and requested for the program

They may be made by calling 312-922-8080 or by e-mail to reservations@cliff-chicago.org and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by credit card or charge to a member’s House Account only.

Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State.  Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.

 

 

ART AND ARCHITECTURE :  DESIGNING THE NATIONAL WWI MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, DC
Jun
28
5:30 pm17:30

ART AND ARCHITECTURE : DESIGNING THE NATIONAL WWI MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, DC

  • The Cliff Dwellers

The Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with Pritzker Military Museum and Library and Friends of Downtown, atre pleased to present Art and Architecture - Designing the National WW1 Memorial in Washington, DC.

The presentation by Chicago resident and designer Joe Weishaar and New York Sculptor Sabin Howard chronicles the duo’s unique collaboration as it relates to both process and design. They will also provide a more in depth look at their submitted entry “The Weight of Sacrifice”.

Their final design was chosen in January by the World War 1 Centennial Commission as the winning submission to be built in the Nation’s Capital to honor the 4 million Americans who served in the Great War. Joe Weishaar is a 26 year old artist and unlicensed architect. At only 3-1/2 years out of school he is a relative newcomer to the architecture profession. Previously, Joe served as a Project Architect at Brininstool+Lynch Architecture Design. He now owns and operates his own small consulting business. Currently he is completing the Architecture licensing exams with the intention of beginning his own practice within the next five years. Joe is an active oil pastel painter and has participated in multiple gallery exhibitions in Chicago.

Sabin Howard is an internationally renowned classical figurative sculptor and draughtsman. He has participated in more than 50 group and solo shows and garnered prestigious commissions. His sculptures and drawings have been collected by museums and private collectors all over the world. About his body of work, The New York Times wrote: “Sabin Howard, a sculptor of immense talent, has created some of the last decade’s most substantive realistic sculpture. When viewing his works, visitors may be reminded of the time when Donatello and Rodin walked the earth.” Sabin is also the author of The Art of Life, a photoessay about figurative art through the ages.

Additional Info: 5:30 The door and bar opens. The presentation will begin at 6:15 followed by a dinner after the presentation. The program is free and the price per person for dinner is $25. Reservations are required for dinner and requested for the program. They may be made by calling 312-922-8080 or by e-mail to reservations@cliff-chicago. org and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State. Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk at the Cliff Dwellers Club. Come enjoy the lecture and the beautiful setting of the Cliff Dwellers Club with a balcony overlooking Millennial Park.

Projects by Chicago Architects Lecture Series: Katherine Darnstadt + Boombox
May
31
5:30 pm17:30

Projects by Chicago Architects Lecture Series: Katherine Darnstadt + Boombox

  • The Cliff Dwellers

Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in a series of lectures at the Cliff Dwellers on Projects by Chicago Architects: Katherine Darnstadt presents Boombox  -  a new model and design for popup retail applications.   

BOOMBOX combines the successful features of popup shops and festival booths to provide innovative transitional retail spaces at affordable prices. 

BOOMBOX is a prefabricated, modular kiosk installed in high volume public spaces to provide nomadic retail opportunities for entrepreneurs and community activators.

The BOOMBOX kiosks are integrated into the urban infrastructure and retailers have the potential to range from commercial services to civic community-based resources and provide new venues for art, architecture, and commerce in a short term model.

Katherine Darnstadt:  Architect and educator Katherine Darnstadt is the founder and principal of Latent Design, a progressive architecture and urban strategies firm conceiving dialogue based sustainable living solutions by combining contemporary sustainable architectural and urban issues with direct stakeholder involvement.

The results of this all-inclusive and intensive approach are extremely diverse, ranging from buildings to objects and urban designs that activate and motivate to new forms of community, usage and interaction between architecture and users.

Katherine and her firm have been recognized as an emerging leader in the architecture profession and have been published, exhibited and featured widely, most notably at the International Venice Biennale, Core 77 Design Awards, Architizer A+ Awards, Chicago Ideas Week, NPR, and as the 2013 national American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award winner.

Additional Info:  The door and bar open at 5:30. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and the program will begin at 7:00. The price per person for dinner is $25 and the program that follows is free. Reservations are required for dinner and requested for the program. They may be made by calling 312-922-8080 or by e-mail to reservations@cliff-chicago.org and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by credit card or charge to a member’s House Account only.

Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State.  Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.

Jane's Walk Chicago 2016
May
6
May 8

Jane's Walk Chicago 2016

Jane’s Walk Chicago 2016

May 6, 7 and 8

Jane's Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbors.

Friends of Downtown invite you to come out and explore the city of neighborhoods. This years walks highlight Hull House Neighborhood, Kelvyn Park, Statues of Lincoln Park, Marquette Park Neighborhood, Prairie Avenue, Uptown's Hidden Coastline and more!

With generous support from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the University of Chicago Community Service Center

To register for any of the walks visit: 
http://www.eventbrite.com/o/janes-walkchicagofriends-of-downtown-3698480397

For more info about the walks visit:
https://janeswalkchicago.net/
http://janeswalk.org/

Jane Jacobs Inspired Pub Crawl
Apr
29
5:00 pm17:00

Jane Jacobs Inspired Pub Crawl

Join Friends of Downtown on April 29th for a leasurely libation fueled tour of a few historic drinking holes Jane herself would approve of. 

First Stop: Pearl Tavern (180 N. Wacker Drive) - 5:00 pm - On this site, at the intersection of the 3 rivers, stood the Sauganash Hotel, and Later Wigwam, where in 1860 Republican nominee Abraham Lincoln secured his location on the presidential ballot.  

Stop #2: Cardozo's Pub (170 W. Washington) - 5:45 pm - This pub historically provided food and drink for decades of Chicago's finest politicians and legal minds. 

Stop #3: Miller's Pub (134 S. Wabash) - 6:45 pm - Miller's is one of Chicago's more historic establishments and celebrity hangouts since 1935. If you like dark woodwork and stained glass, this pubs for you!

Stop #4: The Berghoff (17 W. Adams) - 7:30 pm - Last stop and time for dinner (or one last drink) at arguably Chicago's most famous historic restaurant. Enjoy stained glass and murals of the 1893 worlds fair while enjoying fine German food and beer. 

Feel free to join or depart the crawl at any time. No Reservations required. See map Below for locations.

Ernie Wong - “Forever Open, Clear, and Free? An opinion on public space in Downtown”
Apr
20
12:00 pm12:00

Ernie Wong - “Forever Open, Clear, and Free? An opinion on public space in Downtown”

  • AIA Chicago

Join Friends of Downtown with partner AIA Chicago (35 East Wacker, Suite 250) for an engaging look at public space.

Downtown Chicago is constantly evolving as architects, urban designers, and city officials work to find new ways to improve the way we live, work, and play. Principal and Founder of site design group, ltd. (www.site-design.com) will reflect on the past, present, and future of downtown through a discussion of projects with wide-ranging social and economic impacts, as well as current city-wide planning initiatives, such as Maggie Daley Park, the South Michigan Avenue Corridor, the Wabash Arts Corridor, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s parks plan.

No registration required. 

Projects by Chicago Architects Lecture Series
Apr
19
5:30 pm17:30

Projects by Chicago Architects Lecture Series

Projects by Chicago Architects Lecture Series
Wolf Point West by bKL Architecture
Tuesday April 19, 2016

The Cliff Dwellers in collaboration with the Friends of Downtown are pleased to present another lecture on Projects by Chicago Architects: bKL Architecture Presents Wolf Point West - A new 500-foot residential tower on a site where the north, south and east branches of the Chicago River converge. 

Wolf Point West: This 500-foot-tall residential project rises 48 stories from one of the most prominent sites on the Chicago River. The location gives residents unparalleled views of the city, river and lakefront, while making a highly visible addition to the riverfront skyline.

The project includes approximately 510 rental units and is composed of a series of layered planes that form the building’s massing. Its slender, elegant profile is anchored on the riverbank by lush landscaping and its parking garage is concealed below grade.

Inset balconies and a careful composition of vision and opaque glass—as well as three dimensional, horizontal bands of aluminum tubes—lend the façade texture and interest. The amenity levels and exterior deck provide enhanced interior and exterior living throughout all seasons.  Designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification, this project exemplifies bKL’s commitment to reduced use of natural resources.

bKL Architecture:  Founded and led by Thomas Kerwin with the support of James Loewenberg, bKL is a Chicago based architectural firm with extensive experience in the design and management of complex, large scale mixed use building projects. bKL’s core principles include design excellence, technical acumen and viable solutions to complex problems. Open dialogue within its studio cultivates collaboration, communication and cohesive designs that enrich the sites and cities around the world in which they build.

Additional Info: The door and bar open at 5:30. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 with the program thereafter. The price per person for dinner is $25 and the program that follows is free. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar is by credit card only, or by a charge to a member’s House Account.

Reservations for dinner are requested and may be made by calling 312-922-8080 or by e-mail to reservations@cliff-chicago.org

Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State.  Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.