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Chicago: Dearborn Street Art and Sculpture

  • Manhattan Building 431 South Dearborn Street Chicago, IL, 60605 United States (map)
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The act of looking to the past to inform the present has always been central to architecture. At a time when there is too much information and not enough attention, understanding the channels through which history moves and is shaped by architecture is more important than ever.  The relationship between art and architecture is a historical narrative unto itself.
From Jenney, Burnham, Calder and Mies, Picasso to Chagall and Roche-Dinkeloo, Dearborn Street between Congress Parkway and Wacker Drive offers more important architectural diversity and major public sculpture than any other street in the United States. This walk encompasses all of these architectural and artistic ideas.

The Walk will be led by Rolf Achilles, 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. He serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Historic Preservation Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was the Founding Curator of the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, 1999-2014. Concurrently, he is a consultant to the cities of Prague, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, London; to Glessner House, Richard H. Driehaus Museum, the Hegeler Carus Mansion, and to Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

Date: Saturday, May 5th

Time: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

Walk Location: 

Start/End: Manhattan Building, 431 South Dearborn

Walk Host: Rolf Achilles and Martha Frish

Modality: Walking

Accessibility: This event is open and accessible to Wheelchairs, Bicycles, Seniors, Children

Social Media: Facebook: @SaranacRivTrail