Many talented Swedish immigrants made important contributions to Chicago’s architectural history.
Emil R. Zettler, a sculptor known for his architectural ornamentation, deserves more attention.
Sculpted by a long-forgotten Chicago woman artist, the Charitas monument has a compelling history.
The Park Gables is a fabulous 1920s co-operative building that overlooks Indian Boundary Park.
Please join me for a Newberry Library seminar that explores Lincoln Parks’s history through a series of presentations and walking tours.
Here’s what I’ve learned about a little-known woman architect who began her career in Chicago in the 1920s.
Please join me for a three-part seminar to explore the development of the Prairie style in Chicago’s parks.
The Imperial Towers is a Mid-Century Modern high-rise with a "Far Eastern" flair.
The Garfield Park Conservatory is a magical place—especially the Fern Room.
The Adler Planetarium is an Art Deco icon with a fascinating history.
Here are some highlights from a program I will give on December 6th about the impact of recreational changes on park landscapes.
The 1931 apartment tower at 4300 N. Marine Drive has a colorful history.
Please join me for a three-part Newberry Library Seminar to explore women’s contributions to Chicago history.
Boating has a long tradition in Chicago’s parks.
Please join me on July 21 as I lead tours during Art Institute’s first annual Block Party.
Please join me on a July 7th walking tour of Grant Park where we'll find glimpses of Paris in Chicago.
The colorful fairgrounds of A Century of Progress uplifted Chicagoans and had special meaning for my grandmother.
Now an upscale special event venue, Lincoln Park’s Café Brauer is a lovely Prairie style building that once housed one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants.
Here’s a sampling from the walking and bus tours I will be leading this year as part of Art Design Chicago.
Here are some highlights of the substantial contributions made by Chicago’s Jewish architects to the development of Modernism.
Chicago’s Deputy Director of Sustainability, Kathy Dickhut, and I will lead a Newberry Library seminar that explores the past, present, and future of three neighborhood areas in the city.
Sometimes, through serendipity, I’ve connected with descendants of historical figures whom I’m researching, and exciting discoveries resulted.
Although the Marine Drive Apartment Building at 5040-5060 N. Marine Drive has often been overlooked, it is an impressive example of Depression Era Modernism.
Humboldt Park played an important role in the life and work of Prairie style landscape architect, Jens Jensen (1860-1951).
Here are some highlights from my seminar on the development of park architecture in Chicago from the 1870s through the 1950s.
Bicycling has had a long and fascinating history in Chicago.
This look back at the history of Independence Park recalls the importance of the 4th of July to prior generations.
I am deeply humbled to receive the Leon Despres Lifetime Commitment to Parks Award.
Please join me for something I’ve always wanted to do, a night-time tour of Jackson Park.
Renowned architect Dwight H. Perkins (1876-1941) is my birthday buddy.