click images for larger viewOkay, you've had almost a year - it opened last June - so if you miss the best architectural exhibition I've seen in ages, you've got no one to blame but yourself. One final warning: The extraordinary Louis Sullivan's Idea, at the Chicago Cultural Center, closes Tuesday, May 2nd.
The Autobiography of an Idea, and A System of Architectural Ornament.
here, but really, Louis Sullivan's Idea is like a great building; it's not meant to be read about, but to be seen and experienced.
Between now and May 2nd, the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, is open every day of the week, Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enter on Randolph, walk up the staircase winding around the outdoor garden, go through the doors on the 2nd floor landing and turn to your right, and enter into the life and thought of one of history's greatest architects.
And yes, you actually get awarded for your procrastination, starting Monday, April 25th, construction engineer, historian and story-teller par excellance Sam Guard will be offering special three-hour tours (no cracks about the SS Minnow, please) that begin at the Cultural Center and then spill into the streets of Chicago to encounter the real thing, Adler & Sullivan's Carson Pirie Scott store, the Gage building and ending up at the Auditorium.
Guard is scheduling the tours, all beginning at 1:00 p.m., for Monday 4/25, Wednesday 4/27, Friday, 4/29, Saturday 4/30, and Sunday, 5/1. "These are free of charge, only your full attention is required." Space, however, is limited, so rsvp to Mr. Guard via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your place.