Alexander Eisenschmidt presented to his graduate History and Theory students, who chose 22 as "Architectural Visions of the City", to research, analyze, and place in a contemporary understanding. Frank Lloyd Wright's unrealized skyscraper for National Life Insurance, Stanley Tigerman's Urban Matrix and Adolf Loos entry to the Tribune Tower competition, and Ludwig Hilberseimer's 1940 Plan for Chicago were among the other subjects in the mix.
Through September 2nd, the results of all that work are on display at UIC's Art & Architecture Building. As described by this review by Phillip Berger in the Architect's Newspaper, don't expect the show, Visionary Chicago, to be entirely easy to take in - boards rise as much as 12 feet above the viewer's head.
There's also a catalogue, which Eisenschmidt describes as . . .
“Chicago is young, clumsy, foolish, its architectural sins are unstable, captious and fleeting; it can pull itself down and rebuild itself in a generation … it has done and can do great things when the mood is on … One must indeed be incurably optimistic even momentarily to dream such a dream.”