Registration Is Open for Our October #ChicagoBiennial Events!

Last month, we announced that Jane’s WalkCHICAGO will be an official participant of the Chicago Architecture Biennial: The State of the Art of Architecture.

On the Biennial’s opening weekend of Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4, we will be offering Jane’s WalkCHICAGO: The Art of Local Architecture on Dearborn Street from Van Buren to Randolph, from 2PM to 5PM on both days.

From south to north, this walking tour covers the most architecturally innovative street in the world. It begins at the Manhattan Building (1891) by William Le Baron Jenney, the first tall building to use skeleton construction throughout; and continues to the Chicago Federal Center (1959-1974) by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; the Marquette Building (1893) by Holabird & Roche; the Inland Steel Building (1954-1958) by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; First National Bank of Chicago (1969), by Perkins & Will, C.F. Murphy Assocs.; and the Chicago Civic Center (1965) by C.F. Murphy Assocs., Loebl Schlossman & Bennett and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

The Walk Leader will be Rolf Achilles. Rolf is an independent Art Historian who has devoted his life to documenting, writing, talking, teaching, and preserving interiors and their decorative arts in the US and abroad.

Rolf Achilles on Dearborn Street

Registration for these Walks opened two days ago, and we’ve already had 15 people sign up. We want everyone to be able to see and hear – as well as stay together – on the Walks, registration is limited to 20 people per Walk (for a total of 40). So don’t delay!

Jane’s WalkCHICAGO is a program of Friends of Downtown, which has been actively involved in advocating for significant improvements for downtown’s workers, residents, students and visitors for 35 years.

Please join us as at The Cliff Dwellers.  on the evening of October 14 as distinguished former members of the board – including Norm Elkin, Graham C. Grady, Mary Jo Graf and Mary Ludgin discuss 35 years of Friends of Downtown: What Have We Achieved, and What’s Left?, reflecting on changes in downtown Chicago and the strategies employed in these political processes over the years.  Speaker Biographies

The evening will include drinks (cash bar) from 5:30 to 6pm, Program from 6 to 7pm. The program is free but space is limited and reservations are requested.

After the Program, the Cliff Dwellers will be serving a $25 Buffet Dinner at 7:15 pm (advance reservations required for dinner – credit cards accepted). Reservations for the panel and for dinner may be made by e-mail to:

We look forward to seeing you!


4 thoughts on “Registration Is Open for Our October #ChicagoBiennial Events!

  1. Hello:
    Reserved one place for Jane’sWalkCHICAGO for October 4, 2015 and made $5.00 donation, Order # 456746598. Two tickets printed out, one saying : Sun: The Art of Local Architecture; the other Donation to Jane’s WalkChicago. Donation printed as $ 6.12. FYI, Just wanted one ticket.

    Abby Goldman

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