D. Bradford Hunt:
Think of this one as The Chicago Plan Meets The Chicago Way.
We're going to jump forward from Burnham's vision to the reality of Chicago as it actually gets built, torn down, and built again.
Our guide for this excursion into the room where it happens will be Brad Hunt, Vice President for Research and Academic Programs at the Newberry Library, and co-author of Planning Chicago.
The armchair tour will step off in the late 1950's, when the elder Daley was in da Mare's office and the race was on to further develop downtown -- while still protecting the lakefront. Neighborhoods were also in on the action -- but some more than others. Brad Hunt will draw on his own, the Newberry's, and the Chicago Collection Consortium's superb resources to tell a crackling tale of how Chicago came to look the way it does today ... as he battles continue to rage.
A fan of purple cows and Ephs, Brad Hunt has a PhD from Cal -- but his time in coastal states hasn't diminished his Chicago cred a bit. Come and see for yourself, you'll never look at your city the same way again.
January 11 Luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Buffet opens at 11:30 am; Program 12:30 - 1:30. Luncheon is $35. Program free but please let us know you're coming. Reservations or cancellations for lunch by noon on Wednesday the week of the luncheon (no-shows will be billed). Reserve online at caxtonclub.org, call (312)255-3710, or e-mail email@example.com.