Architecture and History: Chicago Events In September

Each week we bring you our favorite events in architecture and history across the windy city. This week’s Chicago events in September include a lunchtime lecture on architectural acoustics, a block party on historic Prairie Ave, and a unique tour of one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods.

1. The Aural Realm of Architecture – LUNCH TALK

224 S. Michigan Ave., CAF Lecture Hall – Wednesday, September 3rd, 12:15pm


As part of Women Building Change: Chicago Women in Architecture Celebrates 40 Years, the Chicago Architecture Foundation hosts Dawn Schuette, FAIA and LEED AP at Threshold Acoustics, for a lunchtime lecture on architectural acoustics. Every aspect of architecture effects our human behavior and this goes beyond the visual built environment. Light, space and sound are factors in how we act and react in a space and Schuette discusses how this other level of architecture–acoustics–can positively impact the aural realm people experience in their everyday lives.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance Website

2. Festival on Prairie Ave – BLOCK PARTY

Prairie Ave. at 18th St. – Saturday, September 6th, 12pm-6pm

$7 suggested donation

School is officially in session and summer is coming to a close, so why not round out the season of street festivals on one of the most magnificent streets of historic mansions in the city, Prairie Avenue. The festival includes all the typical affairs of a Chicago street festival and in addition there are tours of both the Glessner House and the Clarke House. The festival is sponsored by the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance.

3. Albany Park Walking Tour – NEW WALKING TOUR

Southeast corner of Kimball and Lawrence – Sunday September 7th, 12pm-2:30pm

$15 – reservations required

This Sunday enjoy a unique tour of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the U.S with ForgottenChicago. The different ethnicities, cultures and religions that have called Albany Park home have shaped, and reshaped, the built environment on the Northwest Side of Chicago and the tour takes guests to visit a wide array of the architecture in the neighborhood. Highlights include former synagogues, the ornate terra cotta facade of the elaborate former L. Fish Furniture Store, and some oddities in the building stock.


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