The new season's first Wednesday luncheon lecture, 12:15 p.m. at CAF, 224 S. Michigan, will feature Kara Boyd and John Wolters of Studio/Gang Architects discussing recent projects such as the new Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk, the renovation of the Shoreland Hotel, and others. There's also the always popular ARE Study Hall at AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, 5:30 - 9:00.
On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the 2010 Preservation Excellence Awards will be presented in the Claudia Cassidy theatre of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, followed at 11:15 by the regular monthly meeting of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks in the Garland Room on the Cultural Center's 1st floor. Also at the Cultural Center at 12:15 p.m., this time in the Millennium Room, Friends of Downtown will be sponsoring a talk by Rachel Weber of UIC on TIFs and Chicago Development.
AIA/Chicago's Professional Development Conference, the Architecture for Change Summit on affordable housing at UIC, and Preservation Chicago's fall fundraiser at the recently restored Historic Sears Power House. Check back Thursday (or maybe Friday) for the full roster of events.