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The Mayor's Office of Special Events presents the city's eighth 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 20 and 21, rain or shine. Tickets (with a limit of two per tour and two tours per day per person) are available at the event headquarters 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. For more information call 312-744-3315 or 312-744-3370 or see www.cityofchicago.org/specialevents.

FRIDAY 19

Great Chicago Conversations Brazilian architect and urban planner Jaime Lerner is joined by Illinois Institute of Technology architecture dean Donna Robertson and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill media director Lee Bey. Chase Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn. 6 PM

SATURDAY 20

Pullman by Train Train tour led by architect and urban planner Michael Shymanski. 8:45 AM (3 hrs.)

Arab Culture Influences Trolley tour including an Arabic Baptist church, a mosque, and "Little Arabia," led by author Ray Hanania (Arabs of Chicagoland). 9 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Green Buildings Trolley tour featuring the City Hall rooftop garden and the Chicago Center for Green Technology, led by reps from the Department of Environment. 9 AM (3 hrs.)

Icons and Crosses: The Christian Orthodox Church Trolley tour featuring Annunciation Greek, Christ the Savior, and Holy Trinity Orthodox churches, led by Center for Religious Architecture board president Suzanne Morgan. 9 AM (3 hrs.)

Three Sacred Spaces Bus tour including Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, Saint James Cathedral, and the Holy Family Church, led by architect Ward Miller and Diocese of Chicago historiographer Richard Seidel. 9 AM (3.5 hrs.)

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

Architecture of Culture and Commerce Walking tour of State Street and Michigan Avenue, led by CAF docents. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Chicago's Green Streetscapes Trolley tour led by Astrid Haryati, assistant to the mayor for landscape initiatives; Ken Martin of the Department of Transportation; and Karen Nowacki, director of the city's GreenStreets program. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Dearborn Street: Chicago's Architectural Core Walking tour including the Rookery, the Federal Center, and the Inland Steel Building, among others, led by architect Hanno Weber. 9:30 AM (3 hrs.)

Experience Chicago by Boat Wendella Boats sightseeing tour. 9:30 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Holabird & Root in the Loop Walking tour led by staffers from the architecture firm. 9:30 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Legacy of the Plan of Chicago Bus tour led by geographer and historian Dennis McClendon. 9:30 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Loop Photography: Michigan Avenue Bring a camera for this walking tour of Millennium Park and the Cultural Center, led by CAF docents. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Millennium Park Planting Design Workshop Walking tour led by landscape architect Terry Guen. 9:30 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Printers Row Walking tour led by CAF docents. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Railway Structures of Industrial Chicago Trolley tour led by architect Darrel Babuk. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Recent North-Side Landmarks Trolley tour including the Lincoln Park Zoo Lion House and Terra Cotta Row, among others, led by deputy commissioner for landmarks Brian Goeken. 9:30 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Stained Glass in the Loop Trolley tour led by Smith Museum of Stained Glass curator Rolf Achilles. 9:30 AM (3 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.)

Chicago Bridge Houses Walking tour of various Loop bridge houses, led by Department of Transportation project director Janet Attarian. 10 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Chicago Tribune Building Walking tour led by architect Nathan Kipnis. 10 AM (2 hrs.)

Columbia College Walking tour of the South Loop campus, led by the college's campus environment VP Alicia Berg. 10 AM (3 hrs.)

Historic Skyscrapers Walking tour featuring the Chicago Board of Trade, the Auditorium Theatre, and the Rookery, 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.)

The Magnificent Mile Michigan Avenue walking tour led by CAF docents. 10 AM (2 hrs.)

Millennium Park Walking tour led by Millennium Park project manager Edward Uhlir. 10 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Millennium Park Crown Fountain Walking tour led by architect Chris Hanke. 10 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Prairie Avenue Historic Homes Trolley tour led by Glessner House Museum docents. 10 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Segway on the Lakefront Segway tour led by CAF docents; includes training on the use of the Segway Human Transporter. 10 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza Walking tour led by architects Carol Ross Barney and John Fried. 10 AM (1 hr.)

Chicago Nature and Wildlife Gardens Trolley tour featuring Gompers Park and Portage Park, led by landscape architect Carol Yetken. 10:15 AM (2 hrs.)

Architectural Soup Walking tour featuring "insights relating cicadas, Rome's Pantheon, and Beaux-Art color theory," led by architect Dan Wheeler. 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Cutting-Edge Restaurant Design Trolley tour to Carnivale at 2108 S. Wabash, led by restaurateur Jerry Kleiner. 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Grattacieli Storici e Moderni Walking tour featuring historic and modern skyscrapers, led by CAF docents. In Italian. 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Holabird & Root in the Loop See 9:30 AM above. 10:30 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Inland Steel Building Walking tour led by realtor Harvey Camin. 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Louis Sullivan: Lost and Found Loop walking tour led by CAF and Art Institute docents. 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Millennium Park Revealed Walking tour led by CAF docents. 10:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Shopping Chicago Style Walking tour of State Street led by architect Cynthia Roubik and Landmarks Division preservation planner Tim Frye. 10:30 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Unity Cooperative Trolley tour of the Humboldt Park development, led by architects Peter Landon and Jeff Bone and Architreasures executive director Joyce Fernandes. 10:30 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Chicago's Seven Most Endangered Trolley tour including the New York Life Building, the Hotel Dana, and the Pilgrim Baptist Church, led by Jonathan Fine and Michael Moran of Preservation Chicago. 10:45 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Garden in a City: Green Roofs Walking tour led by Astrid Haryati, assistant to the mayor for landscape initiatives. 10:45 AM (1 hr.)

Marina City Towers Walking tour led by architects Brian Strawn and Karla Sierralta. 10:45 AM (1 hr.)

Women Through Chicago History Walking tour of downtown led by historian Jean Hunt. 10:45 AM (1 hr.)

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

Central Station Roosevelt University Institute of Real Estate director Jon DeVries and Central Station cochairman Jerry Fogelson lead a trolley tour of the "largest mixed-use project under development in Chicago." 11 AM (1.5 hrs.)

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

Director's Cut: Landmark Movie Locations Walking tour led by Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal. 11 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Downtown Deco Walking tour led by CAF docents. 11 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Historic Michigan Avenue Walking tour led by Terry Tatum, director of research for the landmarks division of the Department of Planning and Development. 11 AM (1.5 hrs.)

The Loop El tour on the history of downtown and the train system, led by reps from the Chicago Office of Tourism, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and the Chicago Transit Authority. 11 AM (40 min.)

Marshall Field's Walking tour led by CAF docents. 11 AM (45 min.)

Merchandise Mart Walking tour led architect Mark Dewalt and Mark Bettin and Monica DeBartolo of Merchandise Mart Properties. 11 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Modern Skyscrapers Walking tour led by CAF docents. 11 AM (2 hrs.)

State Street Past and Future Walking tour led by Chicago Loop Alliance executive director Ty Tabing. 11 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Westhaven Mixed-Income Housing Trolley tour of Westhaven Park led by architects Patricia Saldana Natke and Meggan Lux. 11 AM (1.25 hrs.)

The Loop See 11 AM above. 11:40 AM (40 min.)

Grant Park and Museum Campus Trolley tour led by CAF docents. Noon (2.5 hrs.)

The Rookery Walking tour led by CAF docents. 12:15 PM (45 min.)

Sante Fe Building Walking tour led by CAF docents. 12:15 PM (45 min.)

Sears Tower Walking tour led by CAF docents. 12:15 PM (45 min.)

The Loop See 11 AM above. 12:20 PM (40 min.)

Prairie Avenue History Trolley tour led by Glessner House Museum docents. 12:45 PM (2 hrs.)

CHA Plan for Transformation Trolley tour of ABLA Roosevelt Square, Park Boulevard, and Lake Park Crescent, led by Chicago Housing Authority reps. 1 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Gyros and Burritos: Greek Town and Pilsen Trolley tour led by College of DuPage liberal arts prof Peter Potamianos. 1 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Hidden Spaces, Secret Places Trolley tour featuring the Charnley-Persky House and the Pilsen East Art Community Complex, led by architect Andrew Metter. 1 PM (3 hrs.)

Historic CTA Rail Stations El tour led by Chicago Transportation Authority service planning manager Ron Weslow. 1 PM (2.5 hrs.)

The Loop See 11 AM above. 1 PM (40 min.)

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

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

Chicago's Seven Most Endangered See 10:45 AM above. 1:15 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Garden in a City: Sustainable Gardens Walking tour led by Astrid Haryati, assistant to the mayor for landscape initiatives. 1:15 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Parks of Urban Developments Trolley tour led by park designers Jeff Fahs, Jon Clark, and Juli Ordower. 1:15 PM (1.5 hrs.)

South Lakefront Parks Trolley tour led by landscape architects Jeff Fahs and Terry Guen and Park District deputy director of planning and development Chris Gent. 1:15 PM (2 hrs.)

Loop Photography: Wacker Drive Bring a camera for this walking tour led by CAF docents. 1:30 PM (2 hrs.)

Millennium Park Revealed See 10:30 AM above. 1:30 PM (2 hrs.)

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

Railroad Stations of Clinton Street Walking tour led by architect Darrel Babuk. 1:30 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Sculpture in the Loop Walking tour led by CAF docents. 1:30 PM (2 hrs.)

Marina City Towers See 10:45 AM above. 1:45 PM (1 hr.)

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

Historiche und Moderne Wolkenkratzer Walking tour of historic and modern skyscrapers, led by CAF docents. In German. 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.)

Architecture of Culture and Commerce See 9:30 AM above. 3:30 PM (2 hrs.)

SUNDAY 21

Arab Culture Influences See 9 AM 5/20. 9 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Auditorium Theatre Walking tour led by reps from the Auditorium Theatre Council. 9 AM (1 hr.)

Chicago Bungalow Historic District Bus tour led by CAF docent Tom Drebenstedt and Historic Chicago Bungalow Association assistant director Allison Garwood Freedland. 9 AM (2.5 hrs.)

George W. Maher's Prairie Houses Trolley tour led by architectural historian Kathleen Cummings. 9 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Restoration of Four Loop Landmarks Walking tour of the Rookery, the Reliance Building, Carson Pirie Scott, and the Board of Trade, led by architect Gunny Harboe. 9 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Revisiting the White City Bus tour of the site of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. 9 AM (3 hrs.) "Considerable walking involved."

Richard Nickel Trolley tour focusing on the life of preservationist-photographer Richard Nickel, led by author Richard Cahan (They All Fall Down: Richard Nickel's Struggle to Save America's Architecture). 9 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Sullivan: As He Built, as He Lived Downtown walking tour of Louis Sullivan buildings, led by Reader architecture contributor Lynn Becker. 9:15 AM (2 hrs.)

111 S. Wacker Building tour led by architects Drew Nieman, Jim Goettsch, and Steve Nilles. 9:30 AM (45 min.)

Architecture of Culture andCommerce See 9:30 AM 5/20. 9:30 AM (2 hrs.)

Elevating Architecture: Stations of the Chicago El CTA train tour led by historian Graham Garfield. 9:30 AM (3 hrs.)

Holabird & Root in the Loop See 9:30 AM 5/20. 9:30 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Legacy of the Plan of Chicago See 9:30 AM 5/20. 9:30 AM (2.5 hrs.)

The Pilsen Community Trolley tour led by architect Rodrigo del Canto. 9:30 AM (3 hrs.)

NBC 5 Studio TV studio tour led by NBC 5 president and general manager Larry Wert. 9:45 AM (1 hr.)

Architecture River Cruise See 10 AM 5/20. 10 AM (1.5 hrs.)

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

Auditorium Theatre Walking tour led by historian Bart Swindall. 10 AM (1 hr.)

Hidden Treasures of the Chicago Park District Bus tour led by Park District historian Julia Bachrach. 10 AM (5 hrs.) (A box lunch is available for $10, or bring your own.)

Historic Skyscrapers See 10 AM 5/20. 10 AM (2 hrs.)

Lakeview and Uptown Trolley tour led by urban planners Greg Longhini and Roseann O'Laughlin. 10 AM (2 hrs.)

Lights, Camera, Architecture! See 10 AM 5/20. 10 AM (2 hrs.)

Prairie Avenue Historic Homes See 10 AM 5/20. 10 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Parks of Urban Developments Trolley tour led by landscape architects Chingwen Cheng, Jon Clark, Juli Ordower, and James Burnett. 10:15 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre Building tour led by reps from Broadway in Chicago. 10:30 AM (45 min.)

Holabird & Root in the Loop See 9:30 AM 5/20. 10:30 AM (2.5 hrs.)

Chicago's Seven Most Endangered See 10:45 AM 5/20. 10:45 AM (1.5 hrs.)

Chicago Cultural Center See 11 AM 5/20. 11 AM (1 hr.)

The Chicago Theatre Walking tour led by theater docents. 11 AM (1 hr.)

Downtown Deco See 11 AM 5/20. 11 AM (2.5 hrs.)

First Railroads, Then Skyscrapers Trolley tour led by architect Darrel Babuk. 11 AM (2 hrs.)

Intersections Downtown walking tour led by CAF docents. 11 AM (2 hrs.)

Millennium Park Revealed See 10:30 AM 5/20. 11 AM (2 hrs.)

Modern Skyscrapers See 11 AM 5/20. 11 AM (2 hrs.)

Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre See 10:30 AM above. 11:30 AM (45 min.)

The Chicago Theatre See 11 AM above. Noon (1 hr.)

The Rookery See 12:15 PM 5/20. 12:15 PM (45 min.)

Sears Tower See 12:15 PM 5/20. 12:15 PM (45 min.)

LaSalle Bank Theater Building tour led by reps from Broadway in Chicago. 12:30 PM (45 min.)

Technology of Early Architecture Loop walking tour led by architecture aficionado Sam Guard. 12:30 PM (2.5 hrs.)

"Inside" City Hall Building tour led by city architect Tom Vukovich. 12:40 PM (1 hr.)

Austin Village See 10 AM 5/20. 1 PM (2 hrs.)

Experience Chicago by Boat See 9:30 AM 5/20. 1 PM (2.5 hrs.)

Gratte-ciels Historiques et Modernes Walking tour led by CAF docents. In French. 1 PM (2 hrs.)

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

Millennium Park From Below Walking tour led by structural engineer Samuel Wit and architect Michael Shymanski. 1 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Modern Skyscrapers See 11 AM 5/20. 1 PM (2 hrs.)

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies Building tour led by structural engineer Roger Reckers and architect Mark Sexton. 1 PM (1 hr.)

Chicago Cultural Center See 11 AM 5/20. 1:15 PM (1 hr.)

Chicago Lagoons and Prairies Trolley tour led by landscape architects Chingwen Cheng and Barbara Wood. 1:15 PM (2 hrs.)

Chicago's Seven Most Endangered See 10:45 AM 5/20. 1:15 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Haymarket Revisited Trolley tour led by UIC history prof William Adelman. 1:15 PM (2 hrs.)

Chicago On-Screen Trolley tour led by Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago managing editor Sarah Marcus. 1:30 PM (2 hrs.)

Going Green in Chicago Trolley tour led by journalist Bill Kurtis, featuring the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Kurtis's own home. 1:30 PM (2.5 hrs.)

"Green" Hotels Trolley tour featuring the Essex Inn and the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, led by hotel docents. 1:30 PM (1.5 hrs.)

Millennium Park Revealed See 10:30 AM 5/20. 1:30 PM (2 hrs.)

Pullman Historic District See 1:30 PM 5/20. 1:30 PM (3 hrs.)

Taste of Bronzeville Trolley tour led by architectural historian Susan Ellis. 1:30 PM (2.5 hrs.)

"Inside" City Hall See 12:40 PM above. 1:50 PM (1 hr.)

Architecture of Culture and Commerce See 9:30 AM 5/20. 2 PM (2 hrs.)

Chicago Tribune "Unauthorized" Walking tour with stops including the "loveliest (Monadnock) and ugliest (Mr. Submarine) buildings in the Loop," led by Tribune Tempo section editor Tim Bannon and reporter Patrick Reardon. 2 PM (2 hrs.)

Historiche und Moderne Wolkenkratzer See 2 PM 5/20. 2 PM (2 hrs.)

The Monadnock and Its Environs Building tour led by architect John Vinci and Monadnock Building owner Bill Donnell. 2 PM (2 hrs.)

The South Branch's Hidden History Trolley tour led by historian and geographer Dennis McClendon. 2 PM (2.5 hrs.)

UIC Campus: New and Recent Projects Trolley tour led by UIC architecture prof Daniel Friedman and director of project management services Boyd Black. 2 PM (1 hr.)

Downtown Deco See 11 AM 5/20. 3 PM (2.5 hrs.)

Historic Skyscrapers See 10 AM 5/20. 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.

Chapel in the Sky at the Chicago Temple 77 W. Washington. Tour guides available. Sat 5/20, 11:30 AM-3 PM, and Sun 5/21, 1-3 PM

Dearborn Station 47 W. Polk. Self-guided tours. Sat 5/20 and Sun 5/21, 11 AM-5 PM

Fine Arts Building 410 S. Michigan. Self-guided tours. Sat 5/20, noon-5 PM

Harold Washington College 30 E. Lake. Self-guided tours. Sat 5/20, 10 AM-4 PM

Harold Washington Library Center 400 E. State. Self-guided tours. Sat 5/20, 9 AM-5 PM, and Sun 5/21, 1-5 PM

HUB Building 247 S. State. Self-guided tours. Sat 5/20 and Sun 5/21, 9 AM-5 PM

International Academy of Design and Technology 1 N. State. Self-guided tours. Sat 5/20, 9 AM-3 PM, and Sun 5/21, 10 AM-2 PM

LaSalle Bank Building 135 S. LaSalle (enter through Adams Street doors). Self-guided tours. Sat 5/20 and Sun 5/21, 8 AM-5 PM

Marshall Field's 111 N. State. Self-guided audio tours; tour guides also available. Sat 5/20, 9 AM-8 PM, and Sun 5/21, 11 AM-6 PM

Palmer House Hilton Lobby 17 E. Monroe. Self-guided tour info available at concierge desk. Sat 5/20 and Sun 5/21, 10 AM-3 PM

Peoples Gas Building 122 S. Michigan. Self-guided tours. Sat 5/20, 9 AM-2 PM

Reliance Building 1 W. Washington. Guided tours every 30 minutes. Sat 5/20, 9 AM-noon

Robert Morris Center 401 S. State. Self-guided tours; 20-minute guided tours also available. Sat 5/20, 10 AM-3 PM

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

Roosevelt University Auditorium Building 430 S. Michigan. Self-guided tours; 50-minute guided tours also available at 10:15 and 11:15 AM and 12:15 PM. Sun 5/21, 10 AM-5 PM

Union League Club 65 W. Jackson. Tours hourly from 10 AM-1 PM. Sat 5/20, 10 AM-2 PM

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