Biennial Programs

The Chicago Architecture Biennial’s public programs explore issues at the heart of urban experience and architectural practice. These events invite dialogue about how we construct (and conceive) the world we live in.

Forums at Randolph Square

Set in the uniquely designed indoor amphitheater by Mexico City participant Frida Escobedo, these talks will engage in architecture-themed conversations with the public.

Michele Spanghero: MONOLOGUE FOR TWO
Exhibition Opening, September 14 21, 2017, School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Maclean Ballroom
THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE: A Land Art Film
Film Screening, September 20, 2017, Graham Foundation
Bauhaus Legacy?: Demystifying the Bauhaus in Chicago and Beyond
Lecture/Panel, September 20, 2017, Leroy Neiman Center
The Radicant City: Sustainable Living Space, with Jana Revedin
Lecture/Panel, September 20, 2017, Alliance Française de Chicago
The Chicago Project: Future Present – celebrating the genius of Chicago architecture through movement, image and sound
Performance, September 21 22, 2017, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Architecture Inside Out: Artist Talk with Tom Rossiter
Lecture/Panel, September 21, 2017, Primitive Showroom & Gallery
[tiny garage] Experimental Sound Series
Performance, September 21 28, 2017, Defibrillator Gallery
ELEVATION: The Rise of Beverly/Morgan Park
Exhibition Opening, September 21, 2017, Beverly Arts Center
Preservation Snapshots Lecture Series: Chicago Monumental
Lecture/Panel, September 21, 2017, Chicago Cultural Center
Rare Earth: A Speakeasy of Sound and Images
Exhibition Opening, September 22, 2017, Arts Incubator
Unsolicited Sideshow: Tank Takeover 1
Performance, September 22, 2017, Chicago Athletic Association
SAIC at Homan Square Open House
September 23, 2017, Nichols Tower
The Unmentioned: Chicago Women in Architecture that Broke the Glass Ceiling
Tour, September 23, 2017, Cloud Gate - Millenium Park
Rooting of Oaks of North Lawndale
Reception/Social, September 23, 2017, Nichols Tower
Public celebration of In Wood We Trust, A Room Has Its Own Voice, and Mykitas Epoch – Habitat
Reception/Social, September 23, 2017, 6018North
Edgar Miller, Architecture, and the Decorative Arts
Workshop/Activity, September 23, 2017, The Glasner Studio at Kogen-Miller Studios
Chicago’s Architectural Past: NOW - Creating 360° Immersive Tours of Sacred Spaces
Lecture/Panel, September 26, 2017, Chicago History Museum
Rooftop Architectural Films
Film Screening, September 26, 2017, Ace Hotel Chicago
Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan
Lecture/Panel, September 27, 2017, Graham Foundation
Smart Museum Fall Opening Reception
Exhibition Opening, September 27, 2017, Smart Museum of Art
Designed for Feeling Good, Feeling Better
Lecture/Panel, September 28, 2017, Pella Crafted Luxury Showroom
Ângela Ferreira: Zip Zap and Zumbi - Curator's Tour
Tour, September 28, 2017, DePaul Art Museum
Designed Awareness | | | Youth + Community Design Challenge
Workshop/Activity, September 30 October 1, 2017, Boombox Wicker Park
Savageness, or There are veins embraced in the property
Performance, September 30, 2017, 6018North
Nuclear Thresholds
Exhibition Opening, September 30, 2017, UChicago Arts: Nuclear Thresholds
Crowd Out: A 1,000-voice experience by and for the people of Chicago
Performance, October 1, 2017, Millennium Park
Chicago Architecture Book Festival
Workshop/Activity, October 1, 2017, Columbia College
Dan Peterman—Slipping and Jamming: Variable Installation of Z-Forms, Opening Reception
Exhibition Opening, October 3, 2017, William Eckhardt Research Center lobby
Chicago’s Architectural Past: NOW - Chicagoland Prize Homes
Lecture/Panel, October 3, 2017, Chicago History Museum
bLumen & Westside Wednesdays Celebration
Reception/Social, October 4, 2017, Homan Park Community Center
First Wednesdays at CiaoChicago: An Italian Design Night
Lecture/Panel, October 4, 2017, Ciao Chicago
Gallery Talk: Color Studies
Lecture/Panel, October 6, 2017, Art Institute of Chicago
Beverly Arts Center Happy Hour for a Cause
Reception/Social, October 6, 2017, Beverly Arts Center
Recent Work of Students and Faculty at UWM's School of Architecture and Urban Planning
Exhibition Opening, October 6, 2017, Holabird & Root
Thiago de Paula Souza
Lecture/Panel, October 7, 2017, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Arquitectos X Perspectives (AxP)
Exhibition Opening, October 7, 2017, Chicago Cultural Center
Logan Center Five Year Bash
Workshop/Activity, October 7, 2017, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Beverly Art Walk at the Beverly Arts Center
Tour, October 7, 2017, Beverly Arts Center
Second Presbyterian Church - Basement to Belfry: October Tour
Tour, October 7, 2017, Second Presbyterian Church
Cauleen Smith: If Thoughts Could Heal
Performance, October 7, 2017, DuSable Museum of African American History
UChicago Architecture Biennial Shuttles
Tour, October 7, 2017, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Do Ho Suh
Lecture/Panel, October 9, 2017, Art Institute of Chicago - Rubloff Auditorium
H. H. Richardson and the Ames Family: The Architecture of Scandal and Redemption
Lecture/Panel, October 10, 2017, Glessner House Museum
Spotlight: Architecture+Space+Design at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival
Film Screening, October 12 26, 2017, AMC River East 21
MAS Context presents: Charles Rice | Interior Urbanism
Lecture/Panel, October 12, 2017, Society of Architectural Historians
Sampson Wong
Lecture/Panel, October 13, 2017, SAIC - Leroy Neiman Center
Hong Kong Creative Ecologies: The Plurality of Visions in Design
Exhibition Opening, October 13, 2017, Block 37 Third Floor
Performing Home
Performance, October 13 15, 2017, Links Hall
Altar Call: The Architecture of Black Sacred Space
Exhibition Opening, October 13, 2017, Rootwork Gallery
Unsolicited Sideshow :Tank Takeover 2
Performance, October 13, 2017, Chicago Athletic Association
Objects for Protest: Contemporary Crowd Creation
Lecture/Panel, October 14, 2017, Chicago Design Museum
Open House Chicago
Tour, October 14 15, 2017, Chicago Architecture Foundation
Obama Presidential Center Panel
Lecture/Panel, October 14, 2017, DuSable Museum of African American History
Designing for Diplomacy with James Timberlake
Lecture/Panel, October 16, 2017, Chicago Architecture Foundation
MCA In Progress: Artist Talk with Amanda Williams
Lecture/Panel, October 17, 2017, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Book Talk: Architects' Gravesites with Henry H. Kuehn
Lecture/Panel, October 18, 2017, Chicago Architecture Foundation
David Hartt: in the forest - Artist Talk
Lecture/Panel, October 18, 2017, Graham Foundation
From Frank Lloyd Wright to Chicago’s Jackson Park: The Work of Japanese American Architect Kaneji Domoto Lecture by Lynnette Widder
October 18, 2017, Alphawood Gallery
Housing as a Human Right: Social Construction
Exhibition Opening, October 19, 2017, NPHM + Archeworks
How the Arts Affect Neighborhoods: Panel Discussion
Lecture/Panel, October 19, 2017, Beverly Arts Center
John Vinci: Life and Landmarks
Lecture/Panel, October 19, 2017, Illinois Institute of Technology - S.R. Crown Hall
Singing Stones: Guest-Designer Led Tour with Andrew Schachman
Lecture/Panel, October 21, 2017, DuSable Museum of African American History
Floating Museum + Avery R Young: Parable of a maroon moon ritual & a southern tree
Performance, October 21, 2017, DuSable Museum of African American History
Edgar Miller and the Legacy of Arts & Crafts
Workshop/Activity, October 21, 2017, The Glasner Studio at Kogen-Miller Studios
Glessner House Museum: October Behind-the-Scenes Architecture Tour
Tour, October 21, 2017, Glessner House Museum
MAS Context : Analog 2017
Lecture/Panel, October 21, 2017, The Joinery
Power and Identity: Crafting a New Narrative for Women in Architecture
Lecture/Panel, October 23 24, 2017, Dentons - Willis Tower Skydeck
Chicago Landmark Awards for Preservation Excellence
Lecture/Panel, October 24, 2017, Chicago Cultural Center
Autoconstrucción: The Water Trilogy
Lecture/Panel, October 25, 2017, Block Museum at Northwestern University
Back on the Cutting Edge: Building 21st-Century Technology into Wright’s Unity Temple
Lecture/Panel, October 26, 2017, Unity Temple
Chicago's Architectural Past: NOW - Excavating the Charnley-Persky House: Archaeology of Chicago’s Gold Coast, 1880–1920
Lecture/Panel, October 26, 2017, Chicago History Museum
Small Projects, Big Design: Architects of Award Winning Homes
Lecture/Panel, October 26, 2017, Pella Crafted Luxury Showroom
Calling all Citymakers...
Lecture/Panel, October 26, 2017, Stony Island Arts Bank
Crossing Paths: The MTCC Competition, 20 Years Hence
Exhibition Opening, October 27 November 20, 2017, Graham Resource Center - S.R. Crown Hall
Palais de Tokyo | Singing Stones Closing Reception
Exhibition Opening, October 28, 2017, DuSable Museum of African American History
Walk In Our Shoes - Youth Empowerment Walking Tour in Uptown
Tour, October 28, 2017, Argyle Red Line CTA Station
Cities of Italy, Metropolitan Areas and Urban Dynamics
Exhibition Opening, November 1, 2017, Ciao Chicago
Simon Sadler: One modernism? One history? One world?
Lecture/Panel, November 1, 2017, DePaul Art Museum
Cities of Italy, Metropolitan Areas and Urban Dynamics
Lecture/Panel, November 1, 2017, Ciao Chicago
Sound in Space: Dialogue and Performance on Intertwined Histories
Lecture/Panel, November 1, 2017, The Arts Club of Chicago
Building a new New World: Amerikanisms in Russian Architecture
Lecture/Panel, November 1, 2017, Block Museum of Art
Marc Dilet: TRANS-POSITIONS
Exhibition Opening, November 1, 2017, Alliance Française de Chicago
Moshe Safdie: Humanizing Megascale
Lecture/Panel, November 2, 2017, Graham Foundation
Buildings and Blind Spots: Invention and Interpretations of Immediate and Imaginary Environments
Exhibition Opening, November 3, 2017, The Chicago Academy for the Arts
Martin Beck
Lecture/Panel, November 4, 2017, The Renaissance Society
UChicago Architecture Biennial Shuttles
Tour, November 4, 2017, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
The Chicago 7 Most Endangered Buildings- 2017 Coach Bus Tour
Tour, November 5, 2017, Preservation Chicago
Midtown Athletic Club, An Intersection of Local and International
Tour, November 8, 2017, Midtown Athletic Club Chicago
Preservation Snapshots Lecture Series: A Living Tradition
Lecture/Panel, November 9, 2017, Chicago Cultural Center
The Impact of Technology and Transience on New Histories in Practice
November 9, 2017, WeWork Event Space 17th Floor
Unsolicited Sideshow: Tank Takeover 3
Performance, November 10, 2017, Chicago Athletic Association
Activating Heritage Conference
Lecture/Panel, November 13, 2017, DePaul University Loop Campus 8th Floor
Arts & Innovation Series: Shaping Shifting Publics with Emmanuel Pratt and Dan Borelli
Lecture/Panel, November 13, 2017, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Gallery Talk: Past Forward: Architecture & Design at the Art Institute
Lecture/Panel, November 14, 2017, Art Institute of Chicago
Mapping Chicago History: Looking for Clarity and Complexity
Lecture/Panel, November 17, 2017, Claudia Cassidy Theater – Chicago Cultural Center
Jane's Walk Chicago: Dearborn Street Walk
Tour, November 18, 2017, Manhattan Building
The World is Old, History is New
Lecture/Panel, November 18, 2017, Chicago Cultural Center
Capoeira Workshop and Performance with Gingarte
Workshop/Activity, November 18, 2017, DePaul Art Museum
Art, Architecture, and Community, and the Right to the City
Workshop/Activity, November 18, 2017, The Glasner Studio at Kogen-Miller Studios
Glessner House Museum: November Behind-the-Scenes Architecture Tour
Tour, November 18, 2017, Glessner House Museum
Edward Hines National Forest Use Book: Readings and Discussion
Lecture/Panel, November 19, 2017, Hyde Park Art Center
Kellogg’s New Global Hub: Talk & Tour by Bruce Kuwabara
Tour, November 19, 2017, Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University
Open Air Rooms: Mediterranean Architecture from Malaparte to Contemporary World
Exhibition Opening, November 21, 2017, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
Mansions in the Sky: Chicago Apartments Between the Wars
Lecture/Panel, November 21, 2017, Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater
SOM - 80 Years of Global Practice in Chicago
Lecture/Panel, November 28, 2017, Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater
Buildings and Blind Spots - Artist Talk
Lecture/Panel, November 29, 2017, The Chicago Academy for the Arts
Allan Wexler Absurd Thinking: Between Art and Design
Lecture/Panel, November 30, 2017, Graham Foundation
UChicago Architecture Biennial Shuttles
Tour, December 2, 2017, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Gallery Talk: Design for Everyone
Lecture/Panel, December 2, 2017, Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago River and Canal Walking Tour: A History of Timber Extraction
Tour, December 2, 2017, Canal Origins Park
Materials Decoded Final Presentations
Lecture/Panel, December 2, 2017, Hyde Park Art Center
Arts and the Nuclear Age: 1942 | 1967 | 2017
Lecture/Panel, December 2, 2017, Reynolds Club - McCormick Tribune Lounge
First Wednesdays at CiaoChicago: An Italian Design Night
Lecture/Panel, December 6, 2017, Ciao Chicago
Jeanne Gang en français avec Isabelle David
Lecture/Panel, December 7, 2017, Alliance Française de Chicago
Examining Richardson's "Other" Chicago House
Lecture/Panel, December 14, 2017, Glessner House Museum
Glessner House Museum: December Behind-the-Scenes Architecture Tour
Tour, December 16, 2017, Glessner House Museum
Second Presbyterian Church - Basement to Belfry: January Tour
Tour, January 6, 2018, Second Presbyterian Church
Stay Out Come In Stay In Come Out
Exhibition Opening, September 5, 2017, Comfort Station
Divine Violence: Opening Reception and Artist Tour
Exhibition Opening, September 8, 2017, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Tom Rossiter: Architecture Inside Out
Exhibition Opening, September 8, 2017, Primitive Gallery & Showroom
Palais de Tokyo | Singing Stones
Exhibition Opening, September 12, 2017, DuSable Museum of African American History
Terence Gower: Havana Case Study
Exhibition Opening, September 12, 2017, Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
Clear Your History: Data, Transparency, and the City
Lecture/Panel, September 13, 2017, SAIC Ballroom - MacLean Center
David Hartt: in the forest
Exhibition Opening, September 14, 2017, Graham Foundation
Jaume Plensa: Secret Garden, Opening Reception
Exhibition Opening, September 14, 2017, Gray Warehouse
Infinite Games at Open House Contemporary
Exhibition Opening, September 14, 2017, Open House Contemporary
SPACEBUSTER / We Like America
Reception/Social, September 14 16, 2017, Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar – 960 W 31st St Chicago
Everything Old is New Again: Digital History and Digital Practice in Architecture
Lecture/Panel, September 14, 2017, DePaul University - Richardson Library Room 115
SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]
Exhibition Opening, September 14, 2017, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and Mana Contemporary Chicago
¡Sí, Se Puede!
Exhibition Opening, September 15, 2017, Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago
STREET LEVEL
Exhibition Opening, September 15, 2017, Hokin Project Gallery at Columbia College
range
Performance, September 15, 2017, Columbia College
Jaume Plensa: Secret Garden, Exhibition Walkthrough
Lecture/Panel, September 15, 2017, Gray Warehouse
Krueck+Sexton: Reflections - From There to Here
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Volume Gallery
Anne Lindberg + David J. Lewis: Under and Over Drawing, A Conversation
Lecture/Panel, September 16, 2017, Carrie Secrist Gallery
A Room Has Its Own Voice
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, 6018North
MCA In Progress: Artist Talk with Michael Rakowitz and Omar Kholeif
Lecture/Panel, September 16, 2017, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Jesús Chamizo, The Architect of Images/Jesús Chamizo, El Arquitecto de Imágenes
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Instituto Cervantes Chicago
Workshop 4200 presents Matthew Hoffman's "Find Your Way"
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Workshop 4200
In Wood We Trust
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, 6018North
Superfluous: An Architectural Project
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Alliance Française de Chicago
From Wright’s Chicago Studio to International Masterpiece
Tour, September 16, 2017, Chicago Cultural Center
Conversations on Community Spaces
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, National Hellenic Museum
Shoot Yr Shot: Visual Receipts of Chicago's Street Art and Cultural Renaissance
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Rootwork Gallery
Jensen Formal Garden Public Art Project
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Humboldt Park
The Unsolicited Sideshow
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Chicago Athletic Association
off the wall: Amanda Williams Confronts Urban Renewal on Public Bus Benches
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Monique Meloche Gallery
UIC Symposium — Now + Then: Occasional History, Argument, and Drinking at Chicago
Lecture/Panel, September 16, 2017, School of Architecture at UIC
AIA Chicago Made: Exhibition of Objects Designed by Architects
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Chicago Design Museum
Tour: I Am You with Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly
Tour, September 16, 2017, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Glessner House Museum: September Behind-the-Scenes Architecture Tour
Tour, September 16, 2017, Glessner House Museum
(Another) Rear Window
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Future Firm
Thomas Teurlai: Score for bodies and machines
Performance, September 16, 2017, DuSable Museum of African American History
Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the West
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Anne Lindberg: New Monumental Drawings
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Carrie Secrist Gallery
Chicago 00: Century of Progress
Workshop/Activity, September 16, 2017, Chicago Cultural Center
UChicago Architecture Biennial Shuttles
Tour, September 16, 2017, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
on the wall: Karen Reimer
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Monique Meloche Gallery
Crosstalk: Conversations on Architecture and Citizenship
Lecture/Panel, September 16, 2017, SAIC - LeRoy Neiman Center
Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Art Institute of Chicago
Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects (OPA) in Conversation with Sean Keller
Lecture/Panel, September 16, 2017, UChicago Arts: Nuclear Thresholds
Evidence and Narrative in Architectural History
Lecture/Panel, September 16, 2017, School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Sharp Building Room 327
Chicago's River Edge Ideas Lab
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Expo 72
Chicago Works: Amanda Williams
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties
Exhibition Opening, September 16, 2017, Alphawood Gallery
From Wright’s Chicago Studio to International Masterpiece
Tour, September 17, 2017, Chicago Cultural Center
Burnham in Evanston
Tour, September 17, 2017, Evanston History Center
Comfort Society Lecture Series
Lecture/Panel, September 17, 2017, Comfort Station
Lapo Binazzi and Gianni Pettena in Conversation with Tim Parsons
Lecture/Panel, September 18, 2017, Art Institute of Chicago - Rubloff Auditorium
Buildings 2.0 Conference
Lecture/Panel, September 19, 2017, UI LABS
Between States: Design Solutions for Chicago's 50 Wards
Exhibition Opening, September 19, 2017, Chicago Architecture Foundation Atrium Gallery