Best of Downtown Awards Event with Guest of Honor, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Asif Rahman
Oct
8
5:00 PM17:00

Best of Downtown Awards Event with Guest of Honor, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Asif Rahman

Where:                 Cliff Dwellers (200 South Michigan, 22nd Floor)

When:                   October 8th 2019

4:30 Doors Open

5:30 Appetizers / Light Fare

6:30 – 7:00 Awards

7:00 – 8:00 Dinner (optional)

Bar open until 9:00 pm.

Join Friends of Downtown members, guests and award recipients at the Cliff Dwellers to celebrate architecture, planning, policy, business and people that have had a significant impact on the livability and beauty of downtown Chicago at our annual fundraiser and awards banquet.

This year’s guest of honor and Mary Ward Wolkonsky Lifetime Award recipient is Asif Rahman formally of the City of Chicago Department of Buildings. .

Additional awardees will be announced shortly.

Individual tickets are $40 and are available through eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friends-of-downtown-annual-awards-best-of-downtown-tickets-69672930611

or you can also pay on our “Get Involved” Page under “Donate Any Amount”

https://friendsofdowntown.org/join/

The Cliff Dwellers kitchen will remain open for those who wish to have dinner. Reservations are recommended and payment for dinner can be made to the Cliff Dwellers Directly.

For companies and organizations seeking a partner in Friends of Downtown and greater visibility for their brand and mission, please consider one of the sponsorship packages below. All packages are Tax deductible. The money we raise helps fund Janes Walk Chicago, planning charrettes, this awards ceremony, our outreach as well as a variety of other yearly programming. 

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

BFF  - $1500

15 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
Large logo printed on promotional material, program and table tents. 
Large logo on sponsorship boards located at entry and on stage
Verbal recognition during event and opportunity for remarks or announcing award recipients
Large Logo on the home page at www.friendsofdowntown.org
Large Logo on ‘partners’ page on www.friendsofdowntown.org
Logo on Friends of Downtown marketing material and letterheads for 2019

BESTIE  - $1000

8 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
Medium Logo printed on promotional material, program and table tents 
Medium Logo printed on sponsorship boards at the entry and on stage
Verbal recognition during the event
Logo on ‘partners’ page on www.friendsofdowntown.org  

FRIEND  - $500 

6 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
Small Logo printed on promotional material, program and table tents. 
Small logo printed on sponsor boards placed at the entry to the event and on stage
Logo on ‘partners’ page on www.friendsofdowntown.org  

BUDDY - $250 

4 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
Small Logo printed on promotional material, program and table tents. 
Small logo printed on sponsor boards placed at the entry to the event and on stage

 Payment for the sponsorship packages can be made through a link on our website. Please contact info@friendsofdowntown.org for more information and with any questions about the sponsorship packages.

We greatly appreciate your generosity and support of the Friends of Downtown.

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Architectural Lecture Series - Mark Hertzberg presents Frank Lloyd Wright’s Penwern: A Summer Estate
Sep
12
5:00 PM17:00

Architectural Lecture Series - Mark Hertzberg presents Frank Lloyd Wright’s Penwern: A Summer Estate

The Cliff Dwellers and the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, 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 events on Thursday September, 2019: Mark Hertzberg presents, “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Penwern: A Summer Estate.”

 While many people are familiar with Frank Lloyd Wright’s year-round urban and suburban residential designs, he also designed some 50 summer cottages and related buildings, most of them early in the Twentieth Century. Mark Hertzberg presents a richly illustrated talk about Wright’s Fred B. Jones estate on Delavan Lake, which has four Wright buildings (1900-1903).

Mark Hertzberg is the author and photographer of four books about Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in southeastern Wisconsin. He will be honored with a Wright Spirit Award from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy at the annual conference in Los Angeles in October.

Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. 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.

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Architectural Lecture Series - Patricia Saldana Natke presents “Twenty-Five Years of UrbanWorks: IMPACT”
Aug
8
5:00 PM17:00

Architectural Lecture Series - Patricia Saldana Natke presents “Twenty-Five Years of UrbanWorks: IMPACT”

The Society of Architectural Historians and the 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 events on Thursday August 8, 2019: Patricia Saldana Natke presents “Twenty-Five Years of Urban Works: IMPACT”.

Chicago native Patricia Saldana Natke, FAIA, was one of the founders of UrbanWorks 25 years ago. In that quarter century, the firm’s work has been widely acclaimed for its consistent approach to community-based design and planning— transforming neighborhoods throughout the United States through visionary design.

Growing up in Back-of-the-Yards, Natke was part of a vibrant community that didn’t participate in the same design discussions that drove development in other parts of Chicago. Natke will discuss the firm’s history and unique approach through a variety of transformational community projects which have positively impacted the future of neighborhoods,  

Patricia Saldaña Natke is President and Design Principal of UrbanWorks Ltd, an award winning architecture, planning, and interior design firm in Chicago. Pat is responsible for the visionary design direction of the firm. UrbanWorks Ltd has won over forty design and planning awards Pat has a passion for cities, neighborhoods, and especially the most vulnerable sections of cities and their population. She is a firm believer that well designed spaces and places galvanize urban transformation.

Pat has served as an Adjunct Professor at the UIC Graduate School of Architecture, Facilitator at Archeworks, Part Time Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology School of Architecture for the Advanced Design Studios, and a Thesis Advisor for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Pat is a Board member of AIA Chicago, previously chaired the National AIA Diversity Committee, and was a past President of Chicago Women in Architecture. Pat’s extraordinary record of public service imbues her firm with a strong civic design ethic.

Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. 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.

Twenty-Five Years of UrbanWorks: IMPACT

Chicago native Patricia Saldana Natke, FAIA, was one of the founders of UrbanWorks 25 years ago. In that quarter century, the firm’s work has been widely acclaimed for its consistent approach to community-based design and planning— transforming neighborhoods throughout the United States through visionary design.

Growing up in Back-of-the-Yards, Natke was part of a vibrant community that didn’t participate in the same design discussions that drove development in other parts of Chicago.

Natke will discuss the firm’s history and unique approach through a variety of transformational community projects which have positively impacted the future of neighborhoods, including:

La Casa, which provides collegiate student housing in Pilsen for first-generation higher education students from Latino families across Chicago. In seven years since its completion, residents have achieved a 100 percent graduation rate, where previously such students could expect only a third to complete college within four and a half years.

UrbanWorks has produced award-winning designs for many schools in the Chicago area. One example is the Acero Roberto Clemente/Galewood School, whose soaring exterior houses a digital sky library, provides a powerful neighborhood symbol, and is the first Chicago school to be sheathed in wood in many decades.

The recently completed POAH Trianon Lofts is the first market rate rental apartment building completed in Woodlawn in more than four decades.

UrbanWorks has collaborated on the master plans for many urban design projects, including the Cabrini-Green and Lathrop Homes plans now being implemented.

A Safe Haven Veteran Housing, completed last year in Melrose Park, provides priority housing of 35 residences for returning veterans. A related project, Roosevelt Studios, in the Douglas Park neighborhood is expected to start construction soon.

The firm produces visionary plans for various exhibits and competitions. One forms the conceptual basis for the proposed Paseo in Pilsen.

UrbanWorks has won over forty planning and architecture design awards.

Crain’s Chicago Business has named Natke one of “Five Emerging Designers”, NewCity described her as one of “50 Designers Shaping Chicago” and she was named “2015 Outstanding Woman” by Chicago’s largest Spanish media outlet, La Raza.

Natke has lectured extensively throughout the United States, including a TEDx talk at the University of Chicago on “Architecture: The New Social Agenda”. She was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2018. Her design work is currently on exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington DC.

Natke has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate School of Architecture, a Facilitator at Archeworks, and a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Part Time Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Natke chaired the National AIA Diversity Committee for the American Institute of Architects and is a past President of Chicago Women in Architecture and the Illinois Sao Paulo, Brazil Partners of the Americas Chapter. She is a member of CWA, ALA, Arquitectos, HACIA, American Institute of Architects, and the Concordia Place Advisory Council. Natke is the current 2018/2019 Chair of the AIA Chicago Chapter Equity Roundtable.  Her extraordinary record of public service imbues her firm with a strong civic ethic.

Natke will discuss UrbanWorks’ projects, and take audience questions following the presentation.

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Architectural Lecture Series Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications that Shaped the City and It’s Image
Apr
11
4:30 AM04:30

Architectural Lecture Series Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications that Shaped the City and It’s Image

The Cliff Dwellers and the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, 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 events on Thursday April 11, 2019: Pauline Saliga, Alice D. Schreyer, and Susan F. Rossen will discuss “Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications that shaped the City and It’s Image”, a new collections of essays from the Caxton Club, a number of which relate directly to architecture.

 Pauline Saliga worked as a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and then at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she organized exhibitions about architecture and their accompanying catalogues, including Fragments of Chicago’s Past(1990) and The Architecture of Bruce Goff 1904–1982(1995). Since 1995 she has been the Executive Director of the Society of Architectural Historians, which promotes the study, interpretation, and preservation of the built environment worldwide.

 Alice D. Schreyer is the Roger and Julie Baskes Vice President for Collections and Library Services at the Newberry Library. Previously, she was Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections and Curator of Rare Books at the University of Chicago. A leader in the field of special-collection librarianship, she is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.

 Susan F. Rossen directed the Publications Department at the Art Institute of Chicago for twenty-eight years, shepherding over two hundred publications into print. Previously, she was an educator, curator, and publisher at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Currently a freelance editor, she served as editor of Chicago by the Book.

 Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: After the program, a $35 buffet will be available subject to the number of reservations. Otherwise, the regular menu will be available.

 Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. 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.

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Annual Meeting
Mar
14
4:30 PM16:30

Annual Meeting

On Thursday, March 14, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, Board members of Friends of Downtown will lead our annual meeting. All current and potential members are welcome. We will recap the past year and invite input from all of our members for a discussion about the coming year. (Please click on the link in this newsletter to join or renew your membership.) 

Come early to enjoy the view and company and stay for the lecture, John Waters presents “Richardson’s Other Chicago House” Current and new members will receive 2 drink tickets. See you there.

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Architectural Lecture Series -  John Waters presents “Richardson’s Other Chicago House”
Mar
14
4:30 PM16:30

Architectural Lecture Series - John Waters presents “Richardson’s Other Chicago House”

The Society of Architectural Historians and the 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 events on Thursday March 14, 2019: John Waters presents “Richardson’s Other Chicago House”.

 While H.H. Richardson’s Glessner House is world famous, less well known is the Chicago house that he designed for the Glessners’ friends Franklin and Emily MacVeagh. The MacVeagh House, which stood on North Lake Drive until it was demolished in 1922, had many similarities to Glessner House, but several key differences. These two houses were both designed near the end of Richardson’s career, for clients who were a part of the same social world, but for clients who had very different goals in the building of their houses. They give an excellent opportunity both to examine Richardson’s varied responses to his clients and to consider just what makes for a successful house.

 John H. Waters, AIA is the preservation programs manager for The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and co-director of the Victorian Society in America Chicago Summer School.

 Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

 Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. 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.

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Architectural Lecture Series - John Ronan presents Out of the Ordinary: Spatial Urbanism
Feb
20
5:00 PM17:00

Architectural Lecture Series - John Ronan presents Out of the Ordinary: Spatial Urbanism

The Society of Architectural Historians and the 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 events on Wednesday February 20, 2019: John Ronan presents Out of the Ordinary: Spatial Urbanism.

 John Ronan FAIA will discuss the firm’s investigations of the relationship between the building and the city, and the exploration of urban spatial conditions that exist between inside and outside, public and private, building and street that expand and enrich the public realm, adding complexity to the urban spatial experience.  These “urban room” projects such as the Poetry Foundation, 151 North Franklin office tower, Obama Presidential Center competition design and new IIT Innovation Center in Chicago pose the question, “Where does the building end and the city begin?”

 John Ronan FAIA founded John Ronan Architects in Chicago in 1999. He serves as Lead Designer on all projects and is known for his abstract yet sensuous work which explores materiality and atmosphere. In 1999, he was a winner in the Townhouse Revisited Competition staged by the Graham Foundation and his firm rose to national prominence as winner of the Perth Amboy High School Design Competition in 2004. His firm has been the recipient of numerous design awards including two AIA National Honor Awards. In 2016, his firm was selected as one of seven international finalists for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago and in 2017 his Poetry Foundation building was listed as one of the 125 best buildings of the last 125 years by Architectural Record. John is currently the John and Jeanne Rowe Endowed Chair Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture.

 Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

 Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. 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.

 

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Architectural Lecture Series - SAH Chicago Chapter Annual Show and Tell
Dec
5
11:00 AM11:00

Architectural Lecture Series - SAH Chicago Chapter Annual Show and Tell

The Society of Architectural Historians and the Cliff Dwellers, in collaboration with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in their series of architectural events on Wednesday December 5, 2018: SAH presents the Chicago Chapter Annual Show and Tell.

A distinguished roster of speakers is expected. In keeping with the Show and Tell tradition, a variety of SAH members will present brief, 8 minute or less, summaries of topics related to their current work, research or interests.

Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Begins at 6:00 p.m. Filet Mignon with Béarnaise Sauce or Grilled Swordfish in Lemon Caper Sauce or Mixed Vegetarian Plate. All entrées accompanied by: Tomato Basil Soup, Caesar Salad, Duchesse Potatoes, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables and Dessert as well as dinner rolls, coffee, tea, and/or milk, and a glass of red or white house wine.

Program: Begins at 7:00 p.m.

Reservations for dinner are required: Call Bill Locke at 312-932-9790 or email wlocke@ameritech.net to reserve, or with any questions.

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Best of Downtown Awards Event with Guest of Honor, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient John Buck
Nov
15
4:30 PM16:30

Best of Downtown Awards Event with Guest of Honor, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient John Buck

Where:                 Cliff Dwellers (200 South Michigan, 22nd Floor)

When:                   November 15 2018

4:30 Doors Open

5:30 Appetizers / Light Fare

6:30 – 7:00 Awards

7:00 – 8:00 Dinner (optional)

Bar open until 9:00 pm.

Join Friends of Downtown members, guests and award recipients at the Cliff Dwellers to celebrate architecture, planning, policy, business and people that have had a significant impact on the livability and beauty of downtown Chicago at our annual fundraiser and awards banquet.

This year’s guest of honor and Lifetime Award recipient is John A. Buck of The John Buck Company.

Additional awardees will be announced shortly.

Individual tickets are $40 and are available through eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friends-of-downtown-annual-awards-best-of-downtown-tickets-51640893302

or you can also pay on our “Get Involved” Page under “Donate Any Amount”

https://friendsofdowntown.org/join/

The Cliff Dwellers kitchen will remain open for those who wish to have dinner. Reservations are recommended and payment for dinner can be made to the Cliff Dwellers Directly.

Please consider becoming a member to support our mission, receive reduced ticket prices as well as opportunities to serve on committees. More information can be found on our website at www.friendsofdowntown.org. Membership is tax deductible.

For companies and organizations seeking a partner in Friends of Downtown and greater visibility for their brand and mission, please consider one of the sponsorship packages below. All packages are Tax deductible. The money we raise helps fund Janes Walk Chicago, planning charrettes, this awards ceremony, our outreach as well as a variety of other yearly programming. 

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES:

BFF  - $2000

15 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
Large logo printed on promotional material, program and table tents.
Large logo on sponsorship boards located at entry and on stage
Verbal recognition during event and opportunity for remarks or announcing award recipients
Logo on home page of www.friendsofdowntown.org
Logo on ‘partners’ page on www.friendsofdowntown.org
Logo on Friends of Downtown marketing material and letterheads for 2019
15 Memberships to Friends of Downtown for 2019

BESTIE  - $1000

8 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
Medium Logo printed on promotional material, program and table tents
Medium Logo printed on sponsorship boards at the entry and on stage
Verbal recognition during the event
Logo on ‘partners’ page on www.friendsofdowntown.org
8 Memberships to Friends of Downtown for 2019

FRIEND  - $500

6 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
Logo printed on promotional material, program and table tents.
Small logo printed on sponsor boards placed at the entry to the event and on stage
Logo on ‘partners’ page on www.friendsofdowntown.org
4 Memberships to Friends of Downtown for 2019

BUDDY - $250

4 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
Logo printed on promotional material, program and table tents.
Small logo printed on sponsor boards placed at the entry to the event and on stage
4 Memberships to Friends of Downtown for 2019

Payment for the sponsorship packages can be made through a link on our website:

https://friendsofdowntown.org/join/

Please contact info@friendsofdowntown.org for more information and with any questions about the sponsorship packages.

You are receiving this because you have in the past supported the Friends of Downtown, either through interest, activity or membership. Thank you sincerely, and we are grateful for your support at any level, whether donating, attending or simply telling a friend.

Hope to see you soon!

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Architectural Lecture Series Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future
Nov
8
4:30 PM16:30

Architectural Lecture Series Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future

The Society of Architectural Historians and the Cliff Dwellers, in collaboration with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in their series of architectural events on Thursday November 8, 2018: Douglas Farr presents Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future.

If you are passionate about mitigating climate change, you need to be part of this conversation! Douglas Farr’s new book Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future (2018) is an urgent call to action for all who care about urbanism and the environment. The timeline of climate change is long, but our time to act is short. We must accelerate change and build just, beautiful, and sustainable communities faster than we ever have before. Join Doug on a journey from fear about the seemingly daunting task of combatting climate change, to hope about how we can bring about a sustainable future in four generations.

Doug Farr is Founding Principal and President of Farr Associates, the 2012 AIA Chicago Firm of the Year. He is a national leader in designing sustainable neighborhoods and buildings, being elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2014. Under his leadership, Farr Associates has designed and certified a total of seven LEED Platinum buildings, two of which also achieve net-zero energy, and four LEED-ND Developments. Doug was the founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-ND Core Committee and is currently serving as the Chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism Executive Board.

Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

 

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. 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.

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Architectural Lecture Series: Dan Andries, A Mid Career Perspective
Oct
11
4:30 PM16:30

Architectural Lecture Series: Dan Andries, A Mid Career Perspective

The Society of Architectural Historians and the 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 events on Wednesday October 10, 2018: Dan Andries presents A Mid-Career Perspective.

Dan Andries will talk about his career in producing his very popular televised tours and travelogues. The formidable career of longtime WTTW Chicago director, producer, and writer Dan Andries includes over one hundred feature segments and full-length documentaries. Dan’s award-winning works on Chicago history, arts and culture are exquisitely constructed and researched classics that have endured the test of time. In addition to overviews on the built environment such as “Chicago by Boat: the New River Tour” with Geoffrey Baer, Andries has travelled the world documenting the winners of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Architecture. Most recently, Dan wrote, produced and directed the “Making a New American Nutcracker”, a televised presentation shown in 2017 on WTTW. In a highly visual presentation, Andries will provide a career overview, from his early work through current and upcoming projects. Join us for this fascinating glimpse into the work behind the scenes in the world of WTTW and Dan Andries.

Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. 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.

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Architectural Lecture Series: An Architecture of Civility Creating Hope In a New Society
Sep
27
4:30 PM16:30

Architectural Lecture Series: An Architecture of Civility Creating Hope In a New Society

Social media has made an enormous impact on societal dialogue, at once giving more individuals a voice while lessening the amount we collectively listen, potentially limiting the depth of our understanding. With unprecedented amounts of information available, collaboration is essential toward making a greater society. Creating opportunity for civility should be a design goal for every project.

CannonDesign, a global architecture practice with more than 1,000 employees across 21 offices, addresses the human condition through all phases of life through designing our society’s schools, universities, hospitals, civic spaces and workplaces. From an elementary school’s small gathering space in Rockford, Illinois, to the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, CannonDesign’s projects are rooted in the firm belief of the power of people coming together.

Design Principal Robert Benson will utilize CannonDesign work across the sociopolitical spectrum to show how civility begins with a conversation. He will present projects that promote civility by creating spaces that encourage such conversations, instilling hope not only in the immediate users, but in the greater society we inhabit.

Speaker: Robert Benson is a design leader based in CannonDesign’s Chicago office. Regarded for his ability to leverage design to empower clients, he brings a conceptual mind with an eye towards value to each assignment. Having taught as an adjunct professor for eight years, Robert leads with a studio-driven philosophy and a strong belief in mentorship. With his distinct voice and influential design, Robert has won numerous accolades including many AIA and IIDA design awards. He has been published and exhibited in a number of national/international design competitions and exhibitions and was inducted into Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40 program.

 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program:        Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner:                   Available after the program, a la carte

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. Discounted 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

 

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Architectural Lecture Series: Stuart Cohen presents Howard Van Doren Shaw and the Invention of the American House.​​​​​​​
Aug
22
4:30 PM16:30

Architectural Lecture Series: Stuart Cohen presents Howard Van Doren Shaw and the Invention of the American House.​​​​​​​

The Society of Architectural Historians and the 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 events on Wednesday August 22, 2018: Stuart Cohen presents Howard Van Doren Shaw and the Invention of the American House.

Howard Van Doren Shaw was one of the best known country house architects of his generation. His work frequently appeared in publications such as Town & Country, The House Beautiful, and The Architectural Record. The architectural critic, Herbert Croly, the editor of The Architectural Record, wrote in 1913, “In the first place Mr. Shaw is extraordinarily popular…Mr. Shaw’s houses possess to a very considerable extent the merit of being thoroughly livable…These houses are charming and inviting to a degree rarely exceeded in American domestic architecture-a fact which justifies Mr. Shaw’s success as a well as accounts for it.”

In 1926, the year of his untimely death Shaw was awarded the Gold Metal of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was only the fourth American architect to be recognized in this way by his professional peers. That year, the historian Thomas Talmidge described Shaw as, “…the most rebellious of the conservatives and the most conservative of the rebels.” However, Shaw was for a long time dismissed by contemporary historians as one of a group of eclectic architects practicing at the turn of the last century. Today his work is little known outside Lake Forest and the Chicago area.

 

Stuart Cohen is the author of a book on Shaw’s country houses and of two other books on Chicago’s historic residential architecture. He is professor emeritus in the department of architecture at the University of Illinois Chicago. He taught architecture as a visiting professor at universities through out the country in the 1970s and 1980s including Harvard, Columbia, and the Universities of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Miami, and Notre Dame, as well as lecturing at the Smithsonian Institution, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Graham Foundation, and the Architectural League of New York. A practicing architect, he is a partner in the firm of Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC, their traditional residential work has been widely published both nationally and internationally and has been featured on House and Garden TV (HGTV). Stuart Cohen is a fellow of the American Institute.

Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. 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.

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Architectural Lecture Series: Gunny Harboe presents The Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
Jul
12
4:30 PM16:30

Architectural Lecture Series: Gunny Harboe presents The Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple

The Society of Architectural Historians and the 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 events on Thursday July 12, 2018: Gunny Harboe presents The Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple.

Unity Temple is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest works. The recently completed restoration, led by Harboe Architects, has returned the building to its original splendor. Gunny Harboe, FAIA, will describe the entire process of this award winning $25M project.

Gunny Harboe, FAIA, Fellow US/ICOMOS, is a registered architect with 30 years of experience and currently runs his own small firm. He has worked on many iconic modern masterpieces including numerous works by both Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. He received his M. Arch. from M.I.T., (including study in Copenhagen, Denmark); a M.Sc. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University; and an A.B. in History from Brown University. He also attended the ICCROM ARC course in Rome, Italy. His projects have received numerous awards, and he was named a “2001 Young Architect” by the National AIA, “Chicagoan of the Year” by Chicago Magazine in 2010, and received the 2015 Award for Excellence in Heritage Conservation from the Society of Architectural Historians.

Gunny was a founding member and is the current President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage, and was a founding member of DOCOMOMO_US where he remains on the board. He is also a current board member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and was a Regional Director of AIA National, and President of AIA Chicago. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Additional Info:
Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.
Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.
Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922 8080. 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.

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Architectural Lecture Series Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects: A Match Made in Chicago
May
15
4:30 PM16:30

Architectural Lecture Series Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects: A Match Made in Chicago

The Society of Architectural Historians and the 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 events on Tuesday May 15, 2018; Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects: A Match Made in Chicago.

Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects (SNHA) is an 80 person firm with offices in Chicago and London, designing projects throughout the US and Europe.  It was formed by the recent merger of  two award winning firms, both of which have histories rooted in Chicago.  Nagle Hartray Architecture, a firm with over 50 years continuous practice and winners of the 2009 Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Firm of the Year, and Sheehan Partners, founded in 2004 and a national leader in the design of large scale mission critical facilities.  Both firms are recipients of multiple AIA design awards. 

Principals Timothy Hill and Don McKay will present a curated selection of projects, showcasing a history of the firm(s) through projects that are admittedly divergent in scale and type, but share a broad shouldered commitment to and passion for design, detail, and construction.

Both Tim and Don received Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago and were members of the same class.  Prior to the merger, Tim was a principal with Sheehan Partners, a principal with Lucien Lagrange Architects, principal and owner of Hill Architecture and has worked at SOM and Hammond Beeby Babka.  Prior to the merger, Don McKay was a principal at Nagle Hartray, where he has been for 34 years.

 Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. 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.

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Architectural Lecture Series City of the Big Shoulders: A virtual Tour of Chicago’s Architecture & Literature
Apr
12
4:30 PM16:30

Architectural Lecture Series City of the Big Shoulders: A virtual Tour of Chicago’s Architecture & Literature

The Society of Architectural Historians and the 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 events on Thursday April 12, 2018; Leanne Star presents City of the Big Shoulders; A virtual Tour of Chicago’s Architecture and Literature.

Chicago’s distinctive architecture illustrates the works of writers from novelist Theodore Dreiser to poet Carl Sandburg to graphic novelist Chris Ware. This visual presentation explores the intersections of Chicago’s literature and architecture to discover how each art enriches the other. Leanne Star is a former professor of literature and a docent volunteer at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Leanne Star earned a graduate degree in comparative literature from the University of Chicago and taught literature and writing at Beloit College in Wisconsin, Colby College in Maine, and at universities in Taiwan and China. She writes on a broad range of topics for national publications and reviews theater and dance performances in Chicago. In her free time she is a docent volunteer at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, where she leads walking tours throughout the city as well as CAF’s renowned Chicago River cruise.

Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. 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.

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Architectural Lecture Series The Heart Loves the Sacred Refuge of its Own Home: Interior Restoration of the Frances Willard House
Mar
8
4:30 PM16:30

Architectural Lecture Series The Heart Loves the Sacred Refuge of its Own Home: Interior Restoration of the Frances Willard House

The Society of Architectural Historians and 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 events on Thursday March 8, 2018; Glen Madeja presents The Heart Loves the Sacred Refuge of its Own Home: Interior Restoration of the Frances Willard House.

Using the designs and philosophy of Andrew Jackson Downing, Josiah Willard designed a nine-room Gothic Revival house, closely resembling a design for “A Cottage for a Country Clergyman” in Downing’s 1842 pattern book Cottage Residences and Cottage Grounds. Located in Evanston, the house has been restored and currently operates as a museum.

Glen Madeja began his tenure at the Frances Willard House Museum in 2010, bringing more than twenty-five years of experience in the business world.  He started as the volunteer gardener in Fall 2010, became the Treasurer of the Frances Willard Historical Association in April 2011, and became its first Executive Director in November 2012. With recent changes made there, he is now the Executive Director of the parent organization, the Center for Women’s History and Leadership.

Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. 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.

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Architectural Lecture Series - Rissell Gilchrist on the impacts of Driverless Cars
Dec
12
4:30 PM16:30

Architectural Lecture Series - Rissell Gilchrist on the impacts of Driverless Cars

Architectural Lecture Series

Russell Gilchrist on The Impacts of Driverless Cars

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Cliff Dwellers are pleased to present another in their series of architectural lectures on Tuesday December 12, 2017:

The Impact of Driverless Cars on High-Rise Development.

Russell will speak about the impact of the driverless car on urban design and architecture in the next decade, in particular the effect on existing spaces within our cities and how they will change our everyday life.

A practicing architect for over two decades, Russell Gilchrist has amassed a portfolio of high profile architecture and master planning projects across multiple building types in the USA, Europe and Asia. Russell has completed award winning projects including ‘Pearl River Tower’ in Guangzhou, Protos Winery in Northern Spain, Glyndebourne Opera House in England, ‘Reichstag’ Parliament Building in Berlin and 88 Wood Street, London, for Daiwa Europe Properties. He has published and lectured extensively on low energy, high performance high-rise building and is active for the Council for Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Additional Info: 

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080.

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.

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Best of Downtown  Awards Event with Guest of Honor, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Philip Enquist
Oct
11
4:30 PM16:30

Best of Downtown Awards Event with Guest of Honor, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Philip Enquist

Best of Downtown Awards Event 2017

Where:                Cliff Dwellers (200 South Michigan, 22nd Floor)

When:                  October 11 2017

4:30 Doors Open
5:30 - 6:30 Appetisers / Light Fare
6:30 – 7:00 Awards
7:00 - 8:00 Dinner (optional)
Bar open until 9:00 pm.

Join Friends of Downtown members, guests and award recipients at the Cliff Dwellers to celebrate architecture, planning, policy, business and people that have had a significant impact on the livability and beauty of downtown Chicago at our annual fundraiser and awards banquet.

Our 2017 Awards and Recipients Include:

Mary Ward Wolkonsky Lifetime Achievement Award -  Philip Enquist
Best Plan - Our Great Rivers
Best Public Improvement - Washington "L" Station
Coolest Thing - Urban Rivers
Best Adaptive Reuse - London House
Best Continued Use - Lurie Gardens
Gift to the Street - Exhibit on Superior
and others to be confiemed... 

Individual tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members and are available for purchase through Eventbrite HERE

Consider joining the Friends of Downtown. In addition to reduced ticket prices to events, members support our mission to advocate, educate and celebrate good design and plannign in downtown and have opportunities to serve on committees. More information on benefits and how can be found on our website at www.friendsofdowntown.org. Membership is tax deductible.

For companies and organizations seeking a partner in friends of downtown and greater visibility for their brand and mission, please consider one of the sponsorship packages below. All packages are Tax deductible. The money we raise helps fund Janes Walk Chicago, planning charrettes, this awards ceremony, and our website as well as a variety of other yearly programming. 

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES:

BFF  - $2000

10 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
Large logo printed on promotional material, program and table tents.
Large logo on sponsorship boards located at entry and on stage
Verbal recognition during event and opportunity for remarks or announcing award recipients
Logo on home page of www.friendsofdowntown.org
Logo on ‘partners’ page on www.friendsofdowntown.org
Logo on Friends of Downtown marketing material and letterheads for 2018
10 Memberships to Friends of Downtown for 2018

BESTIE  - $1000

6 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
Medium Logo printed on promotional material, program and table tents
Medium Logo printed on sponsorship boards at the entry and on stage
Verbal recognition during the event
Logo on ‘partners’ page on www.friendsofdowntown.org
6 Memberships to Friends of Downtown for 2018

FRIEND  - $500

4 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
Logo printed on promotional material, program and table tents.
Small logo printed on sponsor boards placed at the entry to the event and on stage
Logo on ‘partners’ page on www.friendsofdowntown.org
4 Memberships to Friends of Downtown for 2018

BUDDY - $250

2 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
Logo printed on promotional material, program and table tents.
Small logo printed on sponsor boards placed at the entry to the event and on stage
2 Memberships to Friends of Downtown for 2018

Payment for the sponsorship packages can be made through a link on our website. Please contact info@friendsofdowntown.org for more information and with any questions about the sponsorship packages.

You are receiving this because you have in the past supported the Friends of Downtown, either through interest, activity or membership. Thank you sincerely, and we are grateful for your support at any level, whether donating, attending or simply telling a friend.

Hope to see you soon!

Please contact info@friendsofdowntown.org with any questions

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Architectural Lecture Series - A Film: Chagall’s Four Seasons
Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

Architectural Lecture Series - A Film: Chagall’s Four Seasons

The Society of Architectural Historians and 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 events on Thursday September 28, 2017;

A Film on Marc Chagall’s Four Seasons.

On September 27, 1974, Four Seasons, a mosaic by Marc Chagall which is located at the ChaseTower Plaza in Chicago was dedicated. It was a gift to the city of Chicago by the Prince Charitable Trust. A seldom-seen film of the creation of the mural and its opening ceremony will be shown on September 28, 2017 (43 years later, almost to the day) at 6:00 pm at the Cliff Dwellers. Thanks to Sandy Collins , William Wood-Prince’s granddaughter who is graciously sharing a family keepsake with us.

Additional Info: 

Reception: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Cash Bar
Presentation:  6:00 pm, Free
(Optional) A special Chef Victor French Dinner: 6:45 pm, $35

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.

For reservations for dinner: Please call Cliff Dwellers at 312.922.8080
For reservations for the presentation: jrfree3500@aol.com or 773.929.0329.

Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first serve basis. Seating is limited.

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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

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.

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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.

 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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

 

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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

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.

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2016 Annual Meeting
Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

2016 Annual Meeting

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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We hope you can make it!
Friends of Downtown

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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.

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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

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.

 

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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

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.

 

 

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