October 15-16, 2016
Design Evanston is again the lead organizer for this unique architectural event. Watch for new sites to be announced.
Coming in the fall
Be among the first to see the long-awaited Art & Glass Museum on Oak Street. Owner Cameel Halim and his daughter, curator, Nefrette Halim will lead a tour of the new facility.
Ryan Center Tour
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Project Manager Deborah Burkhart led 22 members and guests on a tour of Northwestern's Ryan Center for the Musical Arts designed by Goettsch Partners. (pdf)
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Thirteen members, including three presenters, enjoyed an evening of photographs, food and drink celebrating Cuba. (pdf)
Noyes Street Project Review
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Seven DE members met with Greg DeStefano of GDS Companies to review his latest revised proposal for the 824-828 Noyes Street apartment project. (pdf)
Oscar Mayer House Tour 2
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Forty-four DE members and the public attended the second Oscar Mayer House Tour. Owner Jim Kastenholz and architect John Eifler led the tours. (pdf)
West Burton Place Tour
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Fifteen DE members toured Carl Street Studios on West Burton Place with guide Zac Bleicher and hosts Amy Keller and Ingeborg Kohler. An informal dinner followed at Dinotto’s. (pdf)
Van Bergen Open House
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Forty members of Design Evanston and Landmarks Illinois toured the nearly restored house moved from Wilmette to Evanston in 2014-2015. (pdf)
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Seventeen people attended Richard Lanyon's book launch at the Evanston Public Library. (pdf)
Evanston: 150 Years 150 Places
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Twenty-eight people attended the Lit Fest presentation of "Evanston: 150 Years 150 Places" by the five DE authors.
Oscar Mayer House (Interior)
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Sixty-eight DE members and the public toured the in-process restoration of the house, led by owners Jim Kastenholz and Scott Hargadon.
Design Evanston @ 35 Years
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Forty-two DE members and the public celebrated Design Evanston's 35th anniversary at the Evanston Art Center. Bob Teska received DEs first Fellow award.
Stone Terrace B&B Open House
Friday, January 29, 2016
Twenty-five DE members and the public toured the beautifully restored Stone Terrace B&B with Paul Janicki, project architect.
Archived Past Events
+ 2015- 2015
Walking Tour of the 606 Trail
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Eight members and friends braved wind and rain to tour the 606 with Ross Barney project manager, Andrew Vellelinovitch.
Open House Chicago - Evanston
Saturday/Sunday, October 17/18, 2015
An estimated 17,000 site visits were recorded during the first Open House event held outside the Chicago borders.
Downtown Evanston Walking Tour
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Five members and friends joined Kris Hartzell on a tour of Downtown Evanston.
North Evanston Bike Tour
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Five members and friends joined Heidi Hoppe on a tour of North Evanston.
South Evanston Bike Tour
Wednesday, June 15, 2015
Six members and friends joined Jack Weiss on a tour of South Evanston.
Two Garden Tour
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Seven members and friends enjoyed a tour of the Aqua rooftop garden and Maggie Daley Park.
2015 Design Evanston Awards
Thursday, June 18, 2015
90 award winners, their design teams, members and other guests attended the 2015 Awards gala at the Music Institute of Chicago. Twenty-one awards were presented.
+ 2014- 2014
Evanston: 150 Years 150 Places
Sunday, December 7, 2014
12 members amd friends attended a presentation of our book at Bookends and Beginnings.
921 Ridge Open House
Thursday, August 14, 2014
13 DE members and friends enjoyed refreshments provided by @properties as they toured the house and coachhouse that has been a decades-long project by owner Rene Weiss.
Discover Evanston Bike Tours
Saturday, June 14, July 26, 2014
Two bike rides, led by authors of our book "Evanston: 150 Years 150 Places", covered the Lakefront and South Evanston.
McCormick Place Rooftop Garden Tour
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Six Design Evanston members and friends toured the McCormick Place rooftop garden - the largest in the Midwest - on the West Building complex. (pdf)
Walgreen's Energy Performance
Monday, April 7, 2014
25 Design Evanston members and guests learned about the energy performance and toured the control room. The new store is producing more than net zero! (pdf)
Chicago-Main Project Review
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)
+ 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.
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.
"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)Close
+ 2012- 2012
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)
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)
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)Close
+ 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)Close
+ 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.
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)
+ 2009- 2009
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 Burnhamâ€™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 fallâ€™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)
+ 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.
+ 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)