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The Mayor's Office of Special Events presents the city's seventh annual Great Chicago Places and Spaces festival, a weekend celebration of local architecture and design, offering more than 150 free tours by foot, bus, el, trolley, or boat, all led by architects, docents, and other aficionados. Seats for Friday's "Great Chicago Conversations" program are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, rain or shine. Tickets (with a limit of two per tour and two tours per day per person) are available at the Chicago Architecture Foundation ArchiCenter, 224 S. Michigan, on the day of the tour, also on a first-come, first-served basis; registration begins at 7:30 AM. Meeting locations will be given upon receipt of tickets. ("Great Interiors" tours require no tickets, as shown below.) For more information call 312-744-3315 or 312-744-3370 or see www.cityofchicago.org/specialevents.

FRIDAY 20

Great Chicago Conversations Designer Bruce Mau, architect Stanley Tigerman, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill media director Lee Bey discuss "how Chicago can envision the future of design." Art Institute, Rubloff Auditorium, Michigan & Adams. 6:30 PM

SATURDAY 21

Chicago's World Fairs Walking tour featuring Northerly Island, Jackson Park, and Midway Plaisance, led by CAF docent Bill Hinchliff. 9 AM (3.5 hrs.)

Mies's Other Buildings Trolley tour of some of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's "lesser-known" residential designs, led by UIC urban planning prof Brent D. Ryan. 9 AM (3.5 hrs.)

Murphy/Jahn Architects Offices See "what is next on the drawing boards" at the AIA 2005 firm of the year, led by Murphy/Jahn VP Keith H. Palmer. 9 AM (1 hr.)

North Burnham Park Redevelopment Walking tour of 17 acres of parking lots newly converted to park space, led by landscape architect Stephen Prassas. 9 AM (2 hrs.)

Auditorium Building Walking tour led by CAF docents. 9:15 AM (2.5 hrs.)

CTA Rail Stations El tour led by CTA traffic engineering manager Ron Weslow. 9:15 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Architecture of Culture and Commerce Walking tour led by CAF docents, featuring the Reliance and Carson Pirie Scott buildings. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Historic Interiors Trolley tour featuring five interior spaces, including the Art Institute and Tribune Tower, led by architect Philip Hamp. 9:30 AM (3 hrs.)

Holabird & Root Walking tour of some of the firm's "historic highlights," including the Chicago Board of Trade, the Marquette Building, and the Federal Reserve Bank, led by H&R's James Baird, Scott Georgeson, Jim Hall, and Jim Miller. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Legacy of the Plan of Chicago Trolley tour including Navy Pier, Lincoln Park, Northerly Island, Union Station, and more, led by historian Dennis McClendon. 9:30 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Photographing Millennium Park Walking tour along the Michigan Avenue street wall en route to the park, led by CAF docents. Bring your own camera. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Recent South-Side Landmarks Trolley tour including the 63rd Street Bathing Pavilion and IIT buildings. 9:30 AM (2.5 hrs.)

The Theater District Revived Walking tour of the Loop, featuring the Oriental Theatre, the Chicago Theatre, and the Cadillac Palace Theatre, led by architect Daniel Tiffin. 9:30 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Architecture in the Computer Age Trolley tour led by architects Ammar Eloueini and Melissa Urcan. 10 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Architecture River Cruise WTTW producer Geoffrey Baer and a CAF docent offer commentary aboard a cruise on Chicago's First Lady. 10 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Austin Village Walking tour led by members of the Austin Schock Neighborhood Association. 10 AM (2 hrs.)

Berghoff Restaurant Tour of the 100-year-old German restaurant led by the Berghoff's Angelina Santiago. 10 AM (1 hr.)

Chicago Theatre Building tour includes a demonstration of the theater's "mighty Wurlitzer organ." 10 AM (1 hr.)

City Hall Rooftop Garden Walking tour led by Michael Berkshire of the Mayor's Office for Green Initiatives and landscape architect Astrid Haryati. 10 AM (30 mins.)

District Cooling Plants Walking tour of two AIA award-winning ice melt cooling plants in the Loop, led by architect Walt Eckenhoff. 10 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Historic Homes of Prairie Avenue Trolley tour featuring the Clarke and Glessner houses, led by Glessner House Museum docents. 10 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Historic Skyscrapers Walking tour featuring the Chicago Board of Trade, the Auditorium Theatre, and the Rookery Building, led by CAF docents. 10 AM (2 hrs.)

Lights, Camera, Architecture! Walking tour of sites from popular movies filmed in Chicago, led by CAF docents. 10 AM (2 hrs.)

Millennium Park: Sporting the Curves Walking tour focusing on the Frank Gehry-designed pavilion and pedestrian bridge, led by UIC School of Architecture prof Chris Rockey. 10 AM (1 hr.)

Millennium Park Crown Fountain Walking tour on the "hidden mysteries" of the two 50-foot fountain towers, led by architect Chris Hanke and SAIC art and technology prof John Manning. 10 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Murphy/Jahn Architects Offices See 9 AM above. 10 AM (1 hr.)

Nickerson House/Murphy Memorial Walking tour led by Dijana Cuvalo of the city's Landmarks Department and architect William McMillan. 10 AM (2 hrs.)

Organic Architecture Walking tour featuring the Rookery Building, Marina City, and Millennium Park, led by architect Douglas Garofalo. 10 AM (2 hrs.)

Riverwalk Gateway Walking tour focuses on murals by artist Ellen Lanyon, led by reps from the city's Public Art Program. 10 AM (1 hr.)

U.S. Cellular Field and Bridgeport Trolley tour of the White Sox' park and its environs, led by CTA urban planner Greg Longhini and baseball consultant Dennis Bingham. 10 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Chicago Creates Trolley tour featuring the Why Not Iron Foundry and Chicago Hot Glass Foundry, led by designer Lisa Ewing. 10:15 AM (3 hrs.)

Railroad Stations of Clinton Street Walking tour led by architect Darrel Babuk. 10:15 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Sacred Spaces on the Near West Side Trolley tour featuring churches such as Holy Family, Our Lady of Pompeii, and Notre Dame de Chicago, led by historian Ellen Skerrett. 10:15 AM (3 hrs.)

Chicago Bridge House Walking tour of the LaSalle Street Bridge, led by reps from the Department of Transportation. 10:30 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Cutting-Edge Restaurant Design Trolley tour led by restaurant designer Jerry Kleiner (Opera, Gioco). 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Holabird & Root See 9:30 AM above. 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Millennium Park: Morning, Noon, and Night! Walking tour of the city's newest urban space, led by CAF docents. 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Picture This Walking tour to photograph "architecturally significant sites" in the Loop, led by Hedrich Blessing photographers Scott McDonald and Jeff Millies. Bring your own camera. 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

City Hall Rooftop Garden See 10 AM above. 10:45 AM (30 mins.)

Soldier Field: Old and New Trolley tour led by architecture and design historian Jay Pridmore and architect Anthony Montalto. 10:45 AM (2 hrs.)

Bronzeville: Old and New Trolley tour led by historian Bernard C. Turner. 11 AM (3 hrs.)

CHA Plan for Transformation Trolley tour covering the "complex history of public housing in Chicago," led by Chicago Housing Authority reps. 11 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Chicago Cultural Center Walking tour led by reps from the Department of Cultural Affairs. 11 AM (1 hr.)

Downtown Deco Walking tour of art deco skyscrapers, led by CAF docents. 11 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Greater North Michigan Avenue Walking tour of the Magnificent Mile, led by CAF docents. 11 AM (1.5 hrs.)

The Loop by Train El tour presented by the Chicago Office of Tourism, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and the Chicago Transit Authority. 11 AM (40 mins.)

Merchandise Mart Tour of the largest commercial building in the world, led by architect Mark Dewalt and Mart director of education Monica DeBartolo. 11 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Modern Skyscrapers Walking tour featuring the Inland Steel Building and the James R. Thompson Center, led by CAF docents. 11 AM (2 hrs.)

Murphy/Jahn Architects Offices See 9 AM above. 11 AM (1 hr.)

Murphy/Jahn in the Loop Trolley tour featuring the Board of Trade addition and the James R. Thompson Center, led by Murphy/Jahn associate principal John Desalvo. 11 AM (2.5 hrs.)

The Loop by Train See 11 AM above. 11:40 AM (40 mins.)

Kinzie Bridge See the mechanics of the bascule bridge house and watch the bridge lift from inside. Noon (1.5 hrs.)

John Hancock Center Building tour led by CAF docents. 12:15 PM (45 min.)

The Loop by Train See 11 AM above. 12:20 PM (40 mins.)

Millennium Park Bike Station Walking tour focusing on the green technology of the station and featuring a "demonstration of bike racks and unique special features," led by Janet Attarian of the Department of Transportation and architect Tim Jacobson. 12:30 PM (1 hr.)

Chicago by Boat Wendella boat tour via the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. 1 PM (2.5 hrs.)

Director's Cut: Landmark Movie Locations Walking tour of downtown sites led by Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal. 1 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Harbor Park Walking tour led by designers Ernest Wong and Michelle Inouye. 1 PM (1 hr.)

Hidden Spaces/Secret Places Trolley tour featuring a rooftop sculpture garden and courtyard gardens in Pilsen, led by architect Andrew Metter.

1 PM (3 hrs.)

The Loop by Train See 11 AM above. 1 PM (40 mins.)

Loop Sculpture Walking tour of outdoor sculptures, led by reps from the city's Public Art Program. 1 PM (1 hr.)

Michigan Avenue Street Wall Walking tour of the buildings facing Grant Park, led by reps from the landmarks division of the Department of Planning and Development. 1 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Modern Skyscrapers See 11 AM above. 1 PM (2 hrs.)

Streeterville Walking tour featuring the Palmolive Building, the Drake Hotel, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, led by CAF docents. 1 PM (2 hrs.)

Terra Cotta: Past, Present, and Future Walking tour of the Loop including Carson Pirie Scott, the Gage Building, and Mather Tower, led by historic preservationist Tim Frye. 1 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Unauthorized Loop: The History Walking tour featuring the "loveliest (Monadnock) and ugliest (Mr. Submarine) buildings in the Loop," led by Tribune writers Tim Bannon and Pat Reardon. 1 PM (2 hrs.)

Chicago Cultural Center See 11 AM above. 1:15 PM (1 hr.)

Millennium Park: Morning, Noon, and Night! See 10:30 AM above. 1:30 PM (2 hrs.)

Near North Plazas Walking tour of plazas around North Michigan Avenue, led by landscape architects Simon Prunty, David Gianneschi, and Astrid Haryati. 1:30 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Pullman Historic District Trolley tour led by Historic Pullman Foundation docents. 1:30 PM (3 hrs.)

Smith Museum of Stained Glass Trolley tour to the "only museum dedicated to stained glass in the United States," led by Smith Museum curator Rolf Achilles. 1:30 PM (2 hrs.)

Architecture of Culture and Commerce See 9:30 AM above. 2 PM (2 hrs.)

South Loop Revitalization Trolley tour focusing on Printers Row, led by Baird & Warner chairman John W. Baird. 2 PM (1 hr.)

Unauthorized Loop: Through the Lens Walking tour led by Tribune photographer Alex Garcia. 2 PM (2 hrs.)

Downtown Deco See 11 AM above. 3 PM (2.5 hrs.)

Historic Skyscrapers See 10 AM above. 3 PM (2 hrs.)

SUNDAY 22

Auditorium Building "Front-of-house" overview of the landmark theater, led by reps from the Auditorium Theatre Council. 9 AM (1 hr.)

Chicago's World's Fairs See 9 AM 5/21. 9 AM (4 hrs.)

Historic Bungalow District Bus/walking tour of three recently designated historic districts, led by CAF docents and members of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association. 9 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Maxwell Street People and Places Trolley tour featuring Hull House and Saint Francis of Assisi Church, led by historian Carolyn Eastwood (Near West Side Stories). 9 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Millennium Park: The Lurie Garden Walking tour led by landscape architect Terry Guen. 9 AM (45 mins.)

Visionary Chicago Bus tour featuring Northerly Island, the Loop el, and Ohio Gateway, led by architect Jeanne Gang. 9 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Preservation Stories Trolley tour of "some of Chicago's most difficult historic preservation challenges," led by Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois president David Bahlman. 9:15 AM (3.5 hrs.)

Architecture of Culture and Commerce See 9:30 AM 5/21. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Chicago Creates Trolley tour featuring the Flat Iron Building and River North art galleries, led by designer Lisa Ewing. 9:30 AM (3 hrs.)

Chicago El Stations El tour of several "architecturally interesting rapid transit facilities," led by CTA capital construction manager Graham Garfield. 9:30 AM (3 hrs.)

First Railroads, Then Skyscrapers Trolley tour of "great railroad structures that influenced the invention of the early Chicago skyscraper," led by architect Darrel Babuk. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Holabird & Root See 9:30 AM 5/21. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Music and Dance Theater Chicago Walking tour of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, led by architects Gary M. Ainge and Mary Brigid O'Toole. 9:30 AM (1 hr.)

Near North Community Parks Trolley tour featuring Seward Park and Newton Bateman School Community Park, led by landscape architects Liz Car and Michael Emerson. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

NBC 5 Studio Tour led by Channel Five general manager Larry Wert. 9:45 AM (1 hr.)

The Paper Skyline: Plans That Never Got Off the Drawing Board Talk by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill media director Lee Bey. 9:45 AM (1.5 hrs.) Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington. Tickets not required.

Architecture River Cruise See 10 AM 5/21. 10 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Auditorium Building See 9 AM above. 10 AM (1 hr.)

Hidden Treasures of the Chicago Park District Trolley tour with highlights such as the Lorado Taft sculpture Fountain of Time, the Davis Garden in Washington Park, and the Garfield Park Conservatory, led by Park District historian Julia Bachrach and event coordinator Denise Reed Burbon. "Bring your own lunch." 10 AM (5 hrs.)

Historic Homes of Prairie Avenue See 10 AM 5/21. 10 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Historic Skyscrapers See 10 AM 5/21. 10 AM (2 hrs.)

Lights, Camera, Architecture! See 10 AM 5/21. 10 AM (2 hrs.)

Loop Sculpture See 1 PM 5/21. 10 AM (1 hr.)

Millennium Park Walking tour featuring Pritzker Pavilion, Wrigley Square, and the Crown Fountain, led by park design director Edward Uhlir. 10 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Millennium Park: The Lurie Garden See 9 AM above. 10 AM (45 mins.)

Millennium Park From Below Walking tour led by architect Michael Shymanski. 10 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Soldier Field Trolley tour to the stadium, led by architect Joseph Caprile. 10 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Holabird & Root See 9:30 AM 5/21. 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Millennium Park: Morning, Noon, and Night! See 10:30 AM 5/21. 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Secrets of a European Community Trolley tour in Old Town, led by architect Edward Keegan. 10:30 AM (1.5 hrs.)

War Memorials and Military Monuments Trolley tour featuring Olive Park, the eternal flame on Daley Plaza, and the General John Logan statue in Grant Park, led by 11th Ward alderman James Balcer. 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Chicago Cultural Center See 11 AM 5/21. 11 AM (1 hr.)

Downtown Deco See 11 AM 5/21. 11 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Greater North Michigan Avenue See 11 AM 5/21. 11 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Historic Theaters Walking tour featuring the Oriental Theatre, led by reps from Broadway in Chicago. 11 AM (1 hr.)

Millennium Park: The Lurie Garden See 9 AM above. 11 AM (45 mins.)

Millennium Park: Morning, Noon, and Night! See 10:30 AM 5/21. 11 AM (2 hrs.)

Modern Skyscrapers See 11 AM 5/21. 11 AM (2 hrs.)

State Street, That Great Street Walking tour led by Greater State Street Council executive director Ty Tabing. 11 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Chicago Theatre See 10 AM 5/21. Noon (1 hr.)

Trump International Hotel and Tower Talk by structural engineer Bill Baker. Noon (1.5 hrs.) Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington. Tickets not required.

North Lawndale Trolley tour of this "rich architectural treasure," led by Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago director Charles Leeks. 12:30 PM (3 hrs.)

Rooftop Real Estate Trolley tour featuring Cite restaurant, the Art Institute, and the City Hall rooftop garden, led by architects Susan King and Steve Montgomery. "Participants will need to climb stairs and a ladder." 12:30 PM (2.5 hrs.)

South-Side Prairie School Trolley tour of Prairie School architecture on the south side, led by SAIC historic preservation prof Vincent Michael. 12:45 PM (3 hrs.)

Austin Village See 10 AM 5/21. 1 PM (2 hrs.)

Bronzeville Architecture Trolley tour focusing on turn-of-the-century brownstones as well as new residences, led by architectural historian Susan Ellis. 1 PM (2.5 hrs.)

Chicago by Boat See 1 PM 5/21. 1 PM (2.5 hrs.)

Chicago Theatre See 10 AM 5/21. 1 PM (1 hr.)

Gyros and Burritos: Greek Town and Pilsen Trolley tour of the "unique sites, sounds, and smells of these two cultures," led by College of DuPage field studies prof Peter Potamianos. 1 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Harbor Park See 1 PM 5/21. 1 PM (1 hr.)

Jane Addams Hull House Museum Trolley tour led by museum docents. 1 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Legacy of the Plan of Chicago See 9:30 AM 5/21. 1 PM (2.5 hrs.)

Millennium Park From Below See 10 AM above. 1 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Modern Skyscrapers See 11 AM 5/21. 1 PM (2 hrs.)

Philip Johnson: Celebrating an Architecture Legend PowerPoint presentation of Johnson's works, followed by a tour of 190 S. LaSalle, led by architect Edward Keegan. 1 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Riverwalk Gateway See 10 AM 5/21. 1 PM (1 hr.)

Streeterville See 1 PM 5/21. 1 PM (2 hrs.)

Unauthorized Loop: The History See 1 PM 5/21. 1 PM (2 hrs.)

Chicago Cultural Center See 11 AM 5/21. 1:15 PM (1 hr.)

Haymarket Revisited Trolley tour to Haymarket Square, led by University of Illinois labor professor emeritus William J. Adelman. 1:15 PM (2 hrs.)

Chicago On-Screen Trolley tour of "sites that have been captured in television and film," led by Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago project director Sarah Marcus. 1:30 PM (2 hrs.)

Green Buildings Along the Green Line Trolley tour featuring Sanctuary Place supportive housing and the Bethel Commercial Center, led by architect Kevin Pierce and mayor's assistant for green initiatives Sadhu Johnson. 1:30 PM (3 hrs.)

How the Office Building Was Born Walking tour of Loop skyscrapers, led by architect Darrel Babuk. 1:30 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Millennium Park: Morning, Noon, and Night! See 10:30 AM 5/21. 1:30 PM (2 hrs.)

New South-Side Parks Trolley tour featuring Coliseum Park, Jackson Park, and Fountain Court, led by landscape architects Ernest Wong and Ted Wolff. 1:30 PM (2 hrs.)

Not Your Ordinary Public Places Walking tour of "important public places" downtown, led by landscape architect Astrid Haryati. 1:30 PM (2.5 hrs.)

Pullman Historic District See 1:30 PM 5/21. 1:30 PM (3 hrs.)

Smith Museum of Stained Glass See 1:30 PM 5/21. 1:30 PM (2 hrs.)

Architecture of Culture and Commerce See 9:30 AM 5/21. 2 PM (2 hrs.)

Downtown Deco See 11 AM 5/21. 3 PM (2.5 hrs.)

Historic Skyscrapers See 10 AM 5/21. 3 PM (2 hrs.)

Jane Addams Hull House Museum See 1 PM above. 3 PM (1.5 hrs.)

GREAT INTERIORS

The "Great Interiors portion of the festival offers "drop-in" tours of the following buildings. Tickets are not required.

190 S. LaSalle Self-guided tour. Sat 5/21 and Sun 5/22, 9-11 AM

Chapel in the Sky at the Chicago Temple 77 W. Washington. Tour guides available. Sat 5/21, 10 AM-2 PM

Fine Arts Building and Congress Plaza 410 S. Michigan. Guided tours every 30 minutes. Sat 5/21 and Sun 5/22, 10 AM-2 PM

Palmer House Hilton Lobby 17 E. Monroe. Self-guided tour info available at concierge desk. Sat 5/21 and Sun 5/22, 10 AM-3 PM

Reliance Building 1 W. Washington. Guided tours every 30 minutes. Sat 5/21, 9 AM-Noon

Rookery Building Lobby 209 S. LaSalle. Self-guided tours. Sat 5/21 and Sun 5/22, 8 AM-2 PM

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Bill Kildow, Jon Miller/Hedrich Blessing.

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