Rediscovering Chicago's Legendary Artist Edgar Miller
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Rediscovering Chicago's Legendary Artist Edgar Miller

Edgar Miller was a master craftsman as well as a conceptual artist, and was able to translate his ideas into nearly any medium.  During the height of his career in the 1920s and 1930s, Miller designed and executed two bohemian artist colony buildings known as Carl Street Studios and Kogen-Miller Studios.   Garnering more attention today is Miller’s Glasner Studio, one of his artistically rehabbed homes celebrated in Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home (City Files Press, 2009).  This lecture by Zac Bleicher, Executive Director of the Edgar Miller legacy, will hone in on a “best of” history of Miller’s broad and deep oeuvre and also discuss the preservation efforts to keep Miller’s incredibly unique history intact and vibrant for future generations to appreciate and learn from.  Co-sponsored by Friends of Historic Second Church.  This lecture is being presented as a partner program with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.  To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org. 

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Tour: The Fortnightly
Oct
9
5:30 PM17:30

Tour: The Fortnightly

The Bryan Lathrop House on East Bellevue Place was completed in 1893 by Charles F. McKim of the firm, McKim, Mead and White, leading architects of the World's Columbian Exposition.  The Georgian Revival house, with its curving bays, was a trendsetter, and foreshadowed the style's popularity in the Gold Coast. For nearly a century now, the house has been home to The Fortnightly, one of Chicago's oldest and most exclusive women's societies (Frances Glessner was a long-time member).  Our very special tour will explore the house, the history of The Fortnightly, and the extensive restoration work that has preserved this architectural treasure.

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Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue

Tales of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely endings await as you explore Prairie Avenue after dark! During this 60 minute walking tour through the Prairie Avenue Historic District, learn about the mystery surrounding the death of Marshall Field Jr., the tragic events that plagued the Philander Hanford house, the lingering ghost of Edson Keith, and more - if you dare!  Pre-paid reservations required.

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Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue

Tales of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely endings await as you explore Prairie Avenue after dark! During this 60 minute walking tour through the Prairie Avenue Historic District, learn about the mystery surrounding the death of Marshall Field Jr., the tragic events that plagued the Philander Hanford house, the lingering ghost of Edson Keith, and more - if you dare!  Pre-paid reservations required.

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The World's Columbian Exposition in Music and Story
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

The World's Columbian Exposition in Music and Story

Step back in time 125 years to relive the grandeur and majesty that was the World's Columbian Exposition.  The Fair was attended by 27 million people between May and October 1893 and secured Chicago's place as a world-class city.  This very special performance will feature musical selections related to the fair, performed on the historic 4 manual Austin organ of Second Presbyterian Church by its music director Michael Shawgo.  Commentary during the performance will provide a rich variety of stories about the Fair and its impact on Chicago and the world.

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Lofty Ambition: Charles L. Hutchinson and the Making of the Art Institute
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Lofty Ambition: Charles L. Hutchinson and the Making of the Art Institute

Established in 1879 from the remnants of a foundering art academy, Chicago’s first distinguished museum grew into a sturdy institution largely through the efforts of Charles L. Hutchinson, who served as its president from 1882 until his death in 1924.  A son of Prairie Avenue and a leading banker, he might have devoted his life to building a great personal fortune.  Instead, as a friend observed, “He had a loftier ambition than accumulating millions.”  Author and cultural historian Celia Hilliard will review the public and private life of this influential citizen who did much to educate and elevate local taste and promote Chicago’s emergence as a world city.  This is the third in a series of four lectures being presented in 2018 as partner programs with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.  To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org.  

 

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Lecture: A Time for Reflection - A Message of Peace
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Lecture: A Time for Reflection - A Message of Peace

November 11, 2018, marks one hundred years since the Armistice that ended World War I as well as the 146th birthday of Frederick Stock, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during the Great War. CSO archivist Frank Villella will examine how events before, during, and after the Great War affected the Orchestra and its members, along with the greater Chicago community.

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Study Tour: Boston and the Nutshell Studies
Nov
12
to Nov 17

Study Tour: Boston and the Nutshell Studies

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Join us this November for an incredible opportunity to explore the architecture of Henry Hobson Richardson in the city where he rose to become the first nationally respected architect in the U.S.  Focusing on his most significant commissions, and selected works of his contemporaries, participants will gain a greater insight into Richardson’s design aesthetic, and understand why he quickly rose to become the most significant American architect in the late 19th century.   Numerous sites are included, including private opportunities not offered to the general public. The tour will also include a rare opportunity see Frances Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death which will be on public display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from October 2018 through January 2019.  This may well be the last time the Nutshells are publicly shown, due to their fragile condition. Registration deadline is Friday August 10, 2018.

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Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement

Glessner House is internationally recognized as a pivotal work of architect H. H. Richardson.  But equally important is the significant collection of furniture and decorative arts that John and Frances Glessner selected and commissioned to furnish their home.  In these special behind-the-scenes tours, Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will showcase items from the collection that demonstrate Frances Glessner’s commitment to the tenets of the Arts & Crafts movement, both as a collector and as a talented silversmith, jewelry maker, and needle worker.  The work of Isaac E. Scott will be highlighted.  Over the course of  more than 40 years, Scott designed and executed countless pieces for the family, including furniture, picture frames, earthenware, pewter and embroidery designs.  These special tours are being presented for the first time in 2018 as partner programs with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.   To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org

 

 

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Christmas Candlelight Tour
Dec
8
5:30 PM17:30

Christmas Candlelight Tour

These special 45-minute docent led tours will highlight Christmas customs and decorations of the late 19th century. The house will feature elaborate decorations of the period including a live tree decorated with period ornaments, toys and holiday crafts, and the dining table set for an eight-course Christmas feast. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments in the coach house.  Tours start every fifteen minutes with the last tour starting at 6:45pm.

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Christmas Candlelight Tour
Dec
9
5:30 PM17:30

Christmas Candlelight Tour

These special 45-minute docent led tours will highlight Christmas customs and decorations of the late 19th century. The house will feature elaborate decorations of the period including a live tree decorated with period ornaments, toys and holiday crafts, and the dining table set for an eight-course Christmas feast. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments in the coach house.  Tours begin every fifteen minutes with the last tour starting at 6:45pm.

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A Walk Through Time
Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

A Walk Through Time

This very special tour provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes in the Prairie Avenue Historic District.  Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the museum for a reception with live jazz music, appetizers from local restaurants, and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

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