In 1945, the Chicago Tribune held a design competition for modest family homes. Most of the nearly 1,000 submissions are lost, but a few designs were published, and a small number were built. Siobhan Moroney, associate professor of politics at Lake Forest College, shares insight into what Americans expected in their postwar homes, while the changes in the built homes indicate how American housing preferences have evolved since then.

Chicago’s Architectural Past: NOW discovers how Chicago’s past architectural stories are being shared with today’s technology. Presented by Digital Chicago fellows from Lake Forest College, each talk delves into a range of topics including 360° photography of sacred spaces, family home design during WWII, and a city-based archeological dig. 

This event begins with a 6:00 pm reception with cash bar, followed by a 6:30 pm lecture with Q&A.