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The Art & Science of Ornament: Why the Details Matter

Thursday, May 24 Reception at 5:30, Presentation at 6:30

More than just the capturing of space, architecture impacts us all on conscious and subconscious levels, in particular through the presence and/or absence of architectural ornament.

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Leading Ladies of Chicago’s Columbian Exposition: Celebrating 125 Years

Tuesday, June 5 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Historian Sally Kalmbach will discuss how Gilded Age Chicago’s leading ladies played an integral leadership role in planning the World’s Fair and cultivating Chicago’s successful future.

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Tenth Anniversary Celebration!

Saturday, June 9 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In celebration of this landmark anniversary, regular priced adult admission will be reduced to $10, from $20. In addition, a day of festivities has been planned for Saturday, June 9. Click to see schedule.

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Designing Women: Refining Landscapes with Vivian Beer

Thursday, June 14 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Vivian Beer is one of two 21st century designers featured in The Art of Seating. This discussion will provide a window into her inspiration, skills, and creative process.

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Living Dangerously: The Social Change Work of Jane Addams and the Hull-House Settlement

Thursday, June 21 6 – 7:30 p.m.

In recognition of Pride Month, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum director and chief curator, Jennifer Scott discusses Jane Addams’ important contributions to social change.

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Help Wanted: The Summer Servants Tour

Wednesdays and Fridays, July 6 - August 31 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

In this popular living history tour, you will play the role of a prospective candidate, hoping to fill one of the household’s domestic service vacancies.

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Saints & Sinners Walking Tour: Chicago's Legacy of Virtue and Vice

Fridays, July 6 - September 28 2 - 5 p.m.

The Gold Coast neighborhood provides fertile ground to discuss Chicago’s history of prohibition and highlight the main characters in the City’s Temperance movement.

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Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour

Saturdays, July 7 - September 1 1 - 2:30 p.m.

On this walking tour, historian Sally Kalmbach will illuminate the lives of the prominent families and notable public figures of Gilded Age Chicago who once called the area home.

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