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, led by Rolf Achilles and Martha Frish, takes it all in.
Jane’s Walk Chicago is the local edition of the global event founded in Toronto in memory of the urbanist writer Jane Jacobs. Over the last five years, Jane's Walk events have brought awareness of over 30 Chicago neighborhoods to 1000+ Walkers.
Rolf Achilles is 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.
Martha Frish is the Founder and City Organizer of Jane’s Walk Chicago. She serves as an Instructor in the Historic Preservation Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has spent much of her career thinking about the role of historic buildings in sustaining positive urban environments. Having worked in the public and private sectors, she now works with the Scenescapes Group at the University of Chicago to increase public understanding and appreciation of the importance of historic resources and other components of the physical context - and their roles in creating and sustaining socio-economic scenes - to improve the livability of America’s cities.