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Brick of Chicago Summer Walking Tours

Photo courtesy of Driehaus Museum

About the program


This is a paid ticketed event.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

40 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Thursday-Sunday: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

The built environment of Chicago features a dozen variety of bricks and even more brick designs. The Nickerson Mansion was built with two types of brick: Cream City, which originated in Milwaukee and is so-called because of the light color that results from the type of clay deposits used, and Chicago Common brick. As the name suggests, it is widespread throughout the city and was made from clay from the Chicago River. There are many very fine examples of brick buildings in the area around the Driehaus Museum, and architectural expert Will Quam will take you on a tour through some of the highlights, including the Medinah Temple and the Allerton Hotel.

Check in outside at the 50 E. Erie entrance. A staff member will begin check-in 5-10 minutes prior to start time. This program runs rain or shine. The tour does not include admission to the Museum.


Wednesday, June 26, 6:00-7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 17, 2:00-3:00 pm

Wednesday, August 7, 6:00-7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 4, 2:00-3:00 pm

About the Speaker:

Will Quam is an architecture photographer and historian based in Chicago. His project Brick of Chicago has been featured on CBS, Fox32, WTTW, WGN, Block Club Chicago, ArchDaily, and in many more outlets. His walking tours have been named some of Chicago’s best by Curbed and the Chicago Reader.

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