Thankfully, however, there are a large number of Chicagoans who so love the city's architecture and sharing it with others that they dedicate their time to learning the facts and leading the tours. It's a great gig, and here's a quick quiz to see if it's for you.
- If you find yourself explicating the history of Soldier Field while everyone else in the bar just wants to watch the Bears struggle to evade another ignominious defeat - you, too, could be a CAF docent.
- If you know all the names the Aon Building has had - you, too, could be a CAF docent.
- If you spend intermission at a Grant Park Symphony concert rhapsodizing about Frank Gehry rather than Gustav Mahler - you, too, could be a CAF docent.
- If you sometimes forget the complete roster of your grandchildren, but can name every gargoyle on the Cobb Gate, you, too, could be a CAF docent.
- If you can tell one Pond brother from the other - you, too, could be a CAF docent.
- If you find turning on an archi-virgin to Louis Sullivan's Auditorium even hotter than sex - yes, you, too, could be a CAF docent.
CAF docents are among Chicago's best good-will ambassadors. Now's your chance to join that elite - yet egalitarian - corps. More info here.
I have experienced some very boring docents. Having knowledge is very different from creating curiosity in others. Many of them fail miserably in entertaining the groups..
Having said that, I would say, I have met a few good ones too.
Thanks for the shout out, Lynn! You're right...I'm in the home stretch of the Around Chicago in 85 Tours Challenge. Just finished my 63rd tour this morning. Phew.
Love reading your blog. Hope to see you on a tour soon!
I have experienced some very boring docents. Having knowledge is very different from creating curiosity in others yes this is true and also informative.
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