Category Archives: Non-Harrington Announcements

Events of interest to the Harrington community, but with no official participation in or sponsorship by Harrington.

Annual Newberry Book Fair

The 31st Annual Newberry Book Fair

The 2015 Newberry Book Fair runs Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 26.

Thursday, July 23, 2015  Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book Fair Hours:

Thursday and Friday, noon to 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm

The Newberry is thrilled to bring back the popularBook Fair, one of the largest used-book sales in the country. Browse through more than 120,000 used books in 70 categories, many of which are priced at $2 or under. In addition to your favorite pulp and prestige fiction, this year’s sale features books autographed by Ansel Adams, Herbert Hoover, and Carl Sandburg; some 200 45-rpm Northern Soul recordings; collectible currency (Latin American, European); and an impressive selection of modern Russian literature—in Russian.

Admission is free, and all proceeds help further the mission of the Newberry. Everything for sale at the Book Fair is generously donated. Learn more about donating books throughout the year at Book Fair Donations or call the Book Fair Hotline at (312) 255-3501. And don’t forget to keep up-to-date with “Uncle Blogsy,” otherwise known as Dan Crawford, Book Fair Manager, on the Book Fair Blog.

If you are coming to Book Fair on Saturday, July 25, don’t miss the Bughouse Square Debates, the Newberry’s annual free speech event. All opinionated onlookers and good-natured hecklers welcome. The Bughouse Square Debates will take place from noon to 4 pm in Washington Square Park, across Walton Street from the Newberry.


Panel discussion: The Good City: What Can We Do For Chicago?

The Good City: What Can We Do For Chicago?

Chicago Design Museum

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

Chicago, IL

Please join us on July 14th for a panel discussion where four design practitioners will respond to the current exhibition “The State of Detroit” and suggest ways that it might stimulate activities in Chicago to improve urban life.


In 2014, a one-day conference on the Citizen’s Plan for Chicago was held at the SAIC Sullivan Galleries with the goal of bringing together the best practices that cities have employed around the world to improve life for their residents.

Over 100 community activists, artists, and designers who sought to identify low-cost strategies for tackling issues of homelessness, housing, waste, transport, crime, education, food, energy, and urban design at community and grass-roots levels attended. The project has been dormant for over a year but it is time to revive and breathe new life into these conversations.


Victor Margolin

Professor emeritus of design history at the University of Illinois at Chicago


Drea Howenstein

Professor at the School of the Art Institute and community design activist

John Edel

Founder and director of The Plant, a project to bring together different sustainable enterprises within a system of mutual support

John Paul Kusz

Consultant on sustainable design and business practices

Peter Landon

Architect with an interest in low-income housing and SRO’s.

Have questions about The Good City: What Can We Do For Chicago??Contact Chicago Design Museum

AIA Chicago Lecture: Le Corbusier, From Decoration to Functionalism

Wednesday / May 13, 2015 / 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Le Corbusier, From Decoration to Functionalism Free lecture by SAH member Jean-Louis Cohen WPA Chicago, 314 W Superior St, Chicago

Professor Jean-Louis Cohen will lecture on the development of Le Corbusier’s theories of interior architecture and the evolution of the classical “art decoratifs” to the radical experiments of “equipment de l’habitation.” Jean-Louis Cohen is a French architect and architectural historian specializing in modern architecture and city planning. Since 1994, he has been the Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. In honor of Modern Luxury Interior Chicago’s Spring Issue, the magazine and WPA will be hosting a reception prior to the lecture. Following the lecture, appetizers and seasonal cocktails will be served in WPA’s showroom, an opportunity to meet and greet with Jean-Louis Cohen. Sponsored by: AIA Chicago, Modern Luxury Interiors, WPA Chicago Learning Units: 2.0 LUs Member Price: Free Non-Member Price: Free REGISTER HERE (

Lecture: Last Is More: Mies, IBM and the Transformation of Chicago


Last Is More: Mies, IBM and the Transformation of Chicago On the eve of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 129th birthday, writer Robert Sharoff and photographer William Zbaren will discuss Mies’s final commission, the IBM Building, as well as his Chicago legacy. “Mies spent the last three decades of his life living and working in Chicago and his style eventually came to define the city in much the same way Baron Haussmann’s does Paris and Bernini’s does Rome,” said Sharoff. The 52-story IBM Building, the drawings for which were completed several weeks before Mies’s death in 1969, was the most expensive office building in the city’s history. It also represented the culmination of a half-century spent exploring the possibilities of steel and glass design. During its construction, New York Times critic Ada Louise Huxtable posited that the IBM Building “may well be the most important skyscraper in the country.” The IBM Building came midway through a legendary period in Chicago architecture – the decade-long building boom between 1965 and 1975 when Mies’s influence was at its most pervasive and his students and acolytes produced such enduring landmarks as McCormick Place, Lake Point Tower and the John Hancock Center. These buildings continue to dominate the city’s skyline and are at the heart of Chicago’s claim to be the founding city of American modernism. More:

Exhibition: Shaker Design

shaker_2015As It Is In Heaven: The Legacy of Shaker Design and Faith

  • Dates: 04 Feb – 26 Apr, 2015
  • Location: Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
  • Address: 820 North Michigan Ave
  • Website:
Included in this exhibition are rare examples of gift drawings. These moving and sincere images were drawn in the mid-1800s. Shaker brothers and sisters created them to motivate one another to greater faith and love for their community at a time when Shaker membership numbers were falling. These drawings are on loan from the collections of Eric Maffei, and David Schorsch and Eileen Smiles.Also included are examples of gift songs. The Shakers produced thousands of songs using their own musical notation system. Shaker music is perhaps best known by the song “Simple Gifts,” popularized by American composer Aaron Copland in his orchestral suite, “Appalachian Spring.” The songs are on loan from the Hamilton College Archives in Clinton, New York, and several private collections.

In addition to the gift drawings and gift songs, this exhibition has several outstanding pieces of furniture and objects from collectors in the Midwest, including: Robert and Janice Campbell; James and Lori Gelbort; Ray and Judy McCaskey; and Thomas and Jan Pavlovic.

(taken from the Society of Architectural Historians website)


Upcoming lectures around the city

LunchTalks@CAF: Their Final Place: A Guide to the Graves of Notable American Architects

While giants in the field of American architecture have left their important works across the breadth of America, little attention has been paid to where and how these architects have been laid to rest. In this quest, previously unknown and important information has been uncovered on over 200 of the country’s greatest architects. Henry Kuehn will share insights on this topic and sign copies of his new book, Their Final Place, A Guide to the Graves of Notable American Architects.

TIME: 12:15 – 1pm
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

The Comic Art and Architecture of Chris Ware

Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)

The comics of Chicago artist Chris Ware are widely regarded as some of the most important works in the history of the artform. Ware is known for his distinct visual language engineered specifically for the way the human mind sequentially processes pictures into an easily understood narrative. His meticulously constructed comics depict the adverse lives of his characters often set amid a backdrop of Midwestern urban architectural design from the last century. Many of the buildings Ware employs in his artwork are revered Chicago architectural spaces that no longer exist and share a quality of hardship and unfortunate circumstance with the characters that dwell within. His depictions return life and emotional energy to these lost buildings, transforming them from setting to the subject.

This exhibition draws from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries’ rich archive of architectural photographs, ephemera, drawings, and artifacts that Ware has looked to for inspiration and source material, alongside drawings from Ware’s comic stories, fromJimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, a passage of which takes place during the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, through his latest work, Building Stories, which tells the story of a young woman renting a room in a quintessential brownstone in a rapidly gentrifying west-side Chicago neighborhood.



The third edition of the AIA Guide to Chicago brings readers up to date on ten years of dynamic changes with new entries on smaller projects as well as showcases like the Aqua building, Trump Tower, and Millennium Park. Four hundred photos and thirty-four specially commissioned maps make it easy to find each of the one-thousand-plus featured buildings. Laurie Petersen, Zurich Esposito, and Bill Hinchliff will show images and discuss the iconic new buildings as well as hidden gems featured in the book.

Laurie Petersen edited the third edition of the AIA Guide to Chicago (and was the associate editor of the first two editions). Zurich Esposito is the executive vice president of AIA Chicago. Bill Hinchliff has lectured and given tours of Chicago architecture for over 30 years.

Books will be available for purchase, and the author(s) will sign books at the program’s conclusion.

Seating in the library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is available first come, first served, 385 max.

SPONSORED BYUniversity of Illinois Press, Chicago Public Library, AIA Chicago