Back the Bid Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour Review– Don’t Miss the Bus!

On Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9:30am, Back the Bid Day, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) will give you a chance to visualize the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics here in our home town, Chicago.  Discover the exciting diversity of Chicago architecture on this 30-mile odyssey. Travel through the Loop, Hyde Park, the Gold Coast, several historic districts, two university campuses (IIT and U of C), parks and residential neighborhoods including the South Loop and Bronzeville.

Stops include Mies van der Rohe’s IIT campus and an interior tour of Glessner House by Boston architect H.H. Richardson. Glessner House provides a glimpse of Richardson's ground-breaking design philosophy and a beautiful Arts & Craft interior lovingly restored back to its 19th century condition.

The tour will highlight the neighborhoods surrounding these venues and showcase the significant architecture and landscaping found in these diverse communities, including the Kenwood, Hyde Park and University of Chicago neighborhoods where President Obama lived, worked and played.

The Back the Bid Tour includes the proposed site for the proposed Olympic Village (currently Michael Reese Hospital), potential event spaces in Grant Park, several parts of the lakefront that are targeted for water sport events, training, residence and the site of the Olympic Stadium in Washington Park.

Since the 2016 committee has not made a lot of final decisions about the design or look for most of the venues, most of the commentary will be about "proposals" and "plans."  But the docent for the tour on Sept. 13th will also use the renderings of the proposed venues that are included in the Chicago Model City exhibition currently on display in their atrium gallery.

3 1/2 hours long, the bus will return to the CAF at 224 S. Michigan around 1:00pm. Guests are invited to bring a bag lunch and beverage and there is also a restroom on board.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation will also provide a free family program from 11 am to
1 pm, and 30-minute Chicago Model City gallery talks with an emphasis on the proposed sites of the Olympic and Paralympics venues at 2:00 and 2:30 pm. Take this opportunity to view all the exhibits in the atrium:

Chicago Model City
A highlight of the citywide Burnham celebration, Chicago Model City draws tourists and locals alike and consists of a large, highly detailed scale model of Chicago, photographs, maps, videos, and computer animations. The scale of the model is 1 inch to 50 feet, making the Sears Tower nearly three feet tall!

Chicago Model City Gallery Talks
Fridays and Saturdays at 12:30pm
Twenty-minute gallery talks introduce visitors to the ideas and themes behind the new exhibition, Chicago Model City.

B Like Burnham
This exhibition helps CAF visitors; especially families with children understand the man, the Plan, and the legacy of Daniel H. Burnham.

Chicago: You Are Here: An engaging permanent exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation provides images, models, artifacts and video presentations, encouraging visitors to explore the architecture, infrastructure and environment of Chicago.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. CAF presents a comprehensive program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy.
Because no art other than architecture so vividly expresses what Chicago is and where it is going, CAF will educate the public to expect the highest standards from Chicago's built environment.
When:  Sunday, September 13, 2009 9:30 AM
Meet:  20 minutes before departure at the CAF Shop & Tour Center in the Santa Fe Building,  224 S. Michigan Avenue.
Cost: Per person $ 20.16 
Buy tickets online: www.architecture.org
Cost Notes: All tickets are priced at $20.16. No discounts for seniors, students or CAF members.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Reservation: Recommended
Reservation Notes: Ticketmaster fees will apply to on-line and phone purchases. Phone reservations for non-members: 1.800.982.2787.
CAF members can reserve by calling 312.922.3432 x230.
Maximum Capacity: 50

Photos: 
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Kim Alexander for Chicago Splash

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