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University of Chicago Campus Architecture Tour

  • Sunday, August 27, 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • University of Chicago Bookstore, 970 East 58th Street (northwest corner of 58th & Ellis).
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  • This tour is free for members and his or her one guest.

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Join PBKACA member and Chicago Architecture Foundation docent Robin Simon for the 6th almost-annual PBKACA architecture tour. This time we will be heading south to Hyde Park for a tour of the University of Chicago campus. 

Come explore the early Collegiate Gothic roots of the university campus in the original quadrangles, the “march of mid-century modernism” along the Midway and the recent, breath-taking architectural additions. We’ll see building designed by many world-renowned architects of the last 100+ years including Henry Ives Cobb; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Eero Saarinen; Mies van der Rohe; Helmut Jahn and Jeanne Gang. 

The University of Chicago—or "Grey City"—was emerging simultaneously with and in close proximity to the “White City” of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition on the south side of Chicago in the late 19th century. Sometimes considered Chicago's "twin progeny," these two "cities" were instrumental in changing the perception of Chicago from a city of barbarous materialism to one of refinement and culture.

Tour limited to 15 participants, up to one guest per PBKACA member. Please note the tour starts outside the University of Chicago Bookstore, but ends in front of the Robie House, 5757 South Woodlawn. There is an optional lunch afterwards (Dutch).


The tour is free for current PBKACA members and their one guest. All others are $5 per person. Register now or send a check to PBKACA at P.O. Box 641121, Chicago, IL 60664-1121.


Please RSVP to Robin at robinsimonsez@gmail.com (even if you register on PayPal) with your name, number of people, and your cell phone number (we have had to call people due to rain in the past.)


  • Parking:  There is metered parking near the starting point.  For free parking you may want to park on the Midway (a couple of blocks south of the bookstore) or try some side streets.  There is also paid parking in the garage at 55th and Ellis.
  • CTA:  Take the Red or Green line to Garfield, then the #55 bus to Ellis.  Bookstore is 3 blocks south of bus stop.
  • METRA:  Metra Electric line leaves from Millennium Station at Michigan & Randolph or from Michigan & Van Buren.  This is also handy when coming from some south suburbs.  Get off at 55-56-57thStreet stop and exit at 57th St., walk several blocks east and a block south to the bookstore.  Allow about 20 minutes for the almost 1-mile walk.  (There is a train that leaves Millennium Station at 9:00am and arrives at 55-56-57th Street at 9:15am.)
  • Or just take Uber or Lyft!

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