Chicago: Epicenter of American Architecture
May 26 - 31, 2013
Explore the dynamic city of Chicago featuring magnificent architecture and art, decorative arts, and special private visits. Visit the Art Institute of Chicago’s new Modern Wing, which houses the museum’s collection of 20th- to 21st-century art. See several Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings including Unity Temple and his own home and studio in Oak Park. Explore Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, hailed as one of the most important works of 20th-century modern architecture. Have entrée to the privately owned Crab Tree Farm, a working farm which showcases one of the finest collections of decorative arts from the American and English Arts and Crafts Movements.
Study Leader Information
Rolf Achilles is an independent Art Historian, Curator of the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, Adjunct Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Historic Preservation Program, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Lectures on architecture and preservation Loyola University and Northwestern University
May 26 - Upon arrival in Chicago, transfer independently to the Palmer House Hilton; join your study leader and enjoy a walking tour and a special 90-minute architectural riverboat cruise; welcome dinner in one of the city’s most popular restaurants.
May 27 - Drive to Hyde Park, and enjoy an architectural tour by bus of the elegant campus of the University of Chicago; visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House; Continue to Oak Park, and enjoy an exterior visit to Ernest Hemingway's birthplace home followed by lunch at Hemmingway’s Bistro; See Wright’s home and studio; visit Unity Temple
May 28 - See Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Plano; explore the charming town of Geneva; Return to Chicago for a student-led tour of the Illinois Institute of Technology campusincluding Crown Hall and Carr Chapel
May 29 - Spend the morning at a privately-owned farm and examine one of the most important private collections of decorative arts from the American and English Arts and Crafts movement; drive through neighborhoods north of the hotel, including the Gold Coast for an exterior visit to the Charnley-Persky House and Chicago’s Magnificent Mile; see the Poetry Foundation and the Nickerson Mansion; view the Richard Driehaus Collection of Decorative Arts
May 30 - Walk to the Auditorium Theatre; visit the Art Institute of Chicago; farewell dinner in an excellent local restaurant
May 31 - Walking tour including Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center; and the Rookery Building; independent transportation to the airport
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