Upcoming Events

Walgreen’s Energy Performance

Learn more at a the next tour and presentation.

6:00pm Monday, April 7, 2014
Walgreen’s, 635 Chicago Avenue
The event is free, but please register.

RSVP by April 1

We toured Walgreen’s “net zero energy store” before it’s official opening last fall. At the time, Jamie Meyers, Walgreen’s Manager of Sustainability, predicted the Evanston store would produce more energy than it consumes.

How is it working today...six months later?
Jamie says, “It is going almost exactly as expected.” Join Design Evanston members and guests to tour the second floor mechanical area and hear, first hand, how the landmark store is performing. (pdf)

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Past Events

Chicago-Main Project Review

7pm, Monday, January 27, 2014
Firehouse Grill, 750 Chicago Avenue

Design Evanston members met to review GREC Architects (GRECstudio.com) design proposal for the project at Chicago and Main. The process resulted in a ffavorable recommendation to the city.

(pdf)

Start thinking now about nominations for our Design Evanston Awards, planned for mid-October 2014.

Submit to jw@jackweissassociates.com

Archived Past Events

+ 2013- 2013

"Long Views" at Graceland

October 12, 2013

DE members and friends toured Graceland Cemetery with landscape designer, Craig Soncrant, studying the planning and restoration work by Wolff Landscape Architecture.

(pdf)

Walgreen's "Net Zero Energy Store"

September 25, 2013

20 DE members and guests enjoyed a hard hat tour, led by Walgreen design staff, of this outstanding new store due to open November 21. A follow-up tour is planned for the spring.

(pdf)

"Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places"

August 27, 2013

A third book launch was hosted by the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue. Watch our one-hour presentation on ECTV, Channel 6.

To purchase a book click here

AMLI and Solar Hot Water

July 18, 2013

30-40 members and guests took a tour of Evanston's new LEED certified apartments and learned about Evanston's Solar Hot Water Community Program (SHOP). (pdf)

"Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places"

July 11, 2013

A second book launch was hosted by AIA Chicago, at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. 40 attended the event.

"Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places"

June 27, 2013

50-60 members and guests, including the mayor and city manager, celebrated the launch of our new book that features the best of Evanston's oldest and newest places. (pdf)

Drawing the Future: Chicago Architecture on the International Stage, 1900-1925.

May 9, 2013

Design Evanston members and friends joined curator David Van Zanten who guided us through an outstanding Block Gallery exhibition. (pdf)

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+ 2012- 2012

Racine Get-Away

September 21, 2012

DE members toured the S.C. Johnson Administration Building, Fortaleza Hall and new FLW exhibit. Then Wingspread and the Racine Art Museum. (pdf)

Wright's Roots

August 2, 2012

DE members, led by curator Tim Samuelson, toured the new exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work at Expo72. (pdf)

Trader Joe's Project Review

June 21, 2012

DE members met with the developers and architects OKW to provide professional expertise and opinions. (pdf)

Northwestern University Building Tour

June 23, 2012
Members toured the NWU Evanston campus with docent Andrew McGonigle, project manager at NW’s Design & Construction Department, and the project architects. (pdf)

CTA Viaduct Party

June 23, 2012

Design Evanston members celebrated the replacement of the Dempster and Grove Street CTA viaducts. (pdf)

Tour Lakeside

May 25, 2012

DE members had a tour of the award-winning SOM master planned community at the former 500-acre U.S. Steel Southworks site. (pdf)

Architecture & Design Film Festival

April 12-16, 2012

Music Box Theater

33 films about architecture and design. (pdf)

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+ 2011- 2011

Quality Design 3 (QD3)

Realistic Sustainable Design for Evanston

October 20, 2011
Quality Design 3 focused on how best to implement sustainable practices in Evanston with a panel discussion led by Len Koroski, AIA, LEED AP. (pdf)

Farnsworth House/Lumenhaus Tour

June 11, 2011

Design Evanston members, guests and friends visited Mies’s 1951 masterpiece and Lumenhaus, a contemporary competition winner inspired by Farnsworth House. (pdf)

Northwestern University Historic Building Tour

May 21, 2011

Co-hosted by Design Evanston and the Preservation League of Evanston, the tour includes Annie May Swift Hall, Harris Hall, and Crowe Hall and Garden. (pdf)

Design Film Series No.4: Objectified

April 25, 2011

Produced by Gary Hastwit of “Helvetica” fame, this film doesn't just glamorize products, it's a conversation that looks at consumerism, identity, and sustainability. (pdf)

Illustrated Architecture Books

April 14, 2011

Design Evanston members will join the public at the UIC Library for the opening reception of an exhibit commemorating 500 years of architecture books. (pdf)

Design Film Series No.3: Liquid Assets

April 11, 2011

A film about the critical role that our water infrastructure plays in protecting public health and promoting economic prosperity. (pdf)

Design Film Series No.2: Lost Buildings & Typeface

March 28, 2011

Chris Ware and Tim Samuelson reflect on Chicago’s lost architecture. Typeface explores the twilight of an analog craft that is freshly inspiring artists in a digital age. (pdf)

Design Film Series No.1 Infinite Space

March 14, 2011

A new documentary feature film, Infinite Space traces the lifelong quest of visionary architect, John Lautner. (pdf)

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+ 2010- 2010

2010 Design Evanston Awards

October 14, 2010

Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Avenue

Join the Evanston community in honoring the best of projects that enhance the quality of our built environment. (pdf)

Illinois Holocaust Museum
July 17, 2010
Design Evanston members and fellow design professionals can see the Museum through the informed eyes of Harold DiVito, project manager for architect, Stanley Tigerman. (pdf)

Ragdale (Lake Forest)
June 12, 2010
Design Evanston members and guests will take a docent-led tour of Van Doren Shaw’s historic landmark home, now an active arts community.
Hear plans for it’s restoration, now under progress.

(pdf)

Green Homes Tour
May 22, 2010
Evanston architects Andy Spatz, Nate Kipnis, and Ellen Galland have volunteered to docent “Green” homes that they have designed for Evanston clients and they'll discuss their environmentally-friendly practices. (pdf)

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+ 2009- 2009

BurnhamFest!
October 10, 2009
Design Evanston and The Evanston History Center are hosting an afternoon of events celebrating Evanston's own Daniel Burnham: A one-hour walking tour of the neighborhood he called home, and a reception and viewing of Daniel Burnham’s Evanston exhibition. (pdf)

Crown Fountain Tour
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Millennium Park's Crown Fountain. Completed in July 2004, the fountain was the creation of Barcelona artist Jaume Plensa. Architect for the two 50 foot high towers and 232 foot pool was Kreuck Sexton Architects. Mark Sexton and Ed Uhlir of Millennium Park, Inc. will lead the tour. (pdf)

Farnsworth House Tour
Saturday, June 6, 2009
The Farnsworth House, built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951 and located near Plano, Illinois, is one of the most famous examples of modernist domestic architecture and was considered unprecedented in its day. Fully restored after last fall’s flood. (pdf)

Helvetica: The Film
January 21, 2009
The typeface Helvetica celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008. The Siskel Film Center's most visited movie, Design Evanston hosted a screening at the Evanston Public Library. (pdf)

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+ 2008- 2008

Blueprints to Our Past
December 7, 2008
Design Evanston hosted a virtual tour that featured Tim Samuelson, Chicago's Historian, and Lisa Snyder, project leader, talk about the UCLA School of Architecture-designed virtual tour of the White City fairgrounds. (pdf)

The Chicago Spire
November 18, 2008
The Chicago Spire is the most significant residential development in the world. Design Evanston hosted a tour of the Calatrava-designed building's showroom in the NBC tower. (pdf)

JRC Synagogue Tour
September 24, 2008
Design Evanston hosted a docent-led tour of the LEED certified synagogue in Evanston, the first of its kind in the world, designed by Carol Ross Barney. (pdf)

Crabtree Farm Tour
July 26, 2008
Design Evanston hosted a docent-led tour of Crabtree Farm, a privately owned property. The farm buildings display Arts and Crafts collections in settings that have been created to reflect the aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts movement.

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+ 2004-2006- 2004-2006

 

Learning from Curitiba
October 26, 2006
Co-sponsored by Design Evanston and the Evanston Environment Board, Carmen Vidal-Hallett and Mark Hallett presented their research study of Curitiba, Brazil, one of the most environmental cities in the world. (pdf)

Design Evanston Awards
April 6, 2006
Sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, a multi-media presentation of Design Evanston's 2005 award winners.

Evanston Development Preference Survey
June 25-26, 2005
Design Evanston conducted a public survey of recent development in Evanston during the Fountain Square Arts Festival. Four questions were asked of the 145 respondents: 1. Who should approve building appearance? 2. What are your most liked buildings? 3. What are your least liked buildings? 4. What kinds of development should be encouraged? (pdf1)
In a subsequent article in the Evanston RoundTable, David Galloway, President of Design Evanston, summarized the results of the findings. (pdf2)

Quality Design 2
June 2, 2005
A multi-media event showcased good design ideas, policies, practices, and examples, featured a panel discussion with Carol Ross Barney, Tim Schuenk, Dennis Harder, and John LaMotte, moderated by John McCarron. (pdf)

Quality Design 1
October 7, 2004
A multi-media event showcased good design ideas, policies, practices, and examples, featured a panel discussion with Carol Ross Barney, Edward Keegan, and John Syvertsen. (pdf)

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