Learn About Chicago's Unique
Buildings and Architecture
Architecture and Chicago go hand-in-hand like, well, just like deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, and baseball go hand-in-hand with Chicago. Whether you're in the city or the suburbs, there are so many unique and distinguished buildings all over the Chicagoland area. We may know them by name, or just by sight, but either way, they have become iconic to those of us who live here.
When you join us for the November Members Lunch & Annual Meeting, you'll hear from WTTW's Geoffrey Baer as he takes you on a journey through the many interesting and beautiful buildings he has seen during his tours throughout the city and the suburbs. In addition, he'll take you across the U.S. through the Ten Buildings that Changed America, which include the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Virginia State Capitol.
Members in attendance will also have the opportunity to vote for the 2018 Board of Directors.
About Geoffrey Baer:
Multiple Emmy award-winning Public Television writer, producer, and program host Geoffrey Baer is most familiar to Chicago audiences for more than 20 feature-length TV specials exploring Chicago's Loop, lakefront, river, boulevards, neighborhoods, and suburban areas on foot, by bike, boat, and even aboard a private "L" train. He ate his way through the city in The Foods of Chicago: A Delicious History (nominated for a James Beard Award), and tested the knowledge of ordinary Chicagoans on the street in his quiz show Where in Chicago. Geoffrey also appears weekly on WTTW's flagship nightly news program Chicago Tonight, answering viewers' questions about Chicago architecture and history in a segment called Ask Geoffrey.
Nationally he hosted the PBS primetime series 10 that Changed America and the PBS special Ten Buildings that Changed America about game-changing parks, towns, and buildings across the country. Other programs seen nationally on Public Television include documentaries about acclaimed architects Robert A. M. Stern and Michael Graves and Saved from the Wrecking Ball, about the rescue of a modern masterpiece by architect Mies Van Der Rohe.
In his 27 years at WTTW Geoffrey has also served as producer and executive producer of the weekly series Artbeat Chicago, and the documentary series Chicago Stories.
He has been a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation since 1987.
In addition to his Emmy awards, Geoffrey has received the CPB Gold Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and awards/honors from the National Association of Broadcasters, the New York Festivals, the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, the Society of Architectural Historians, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Lewis University (honorary Ph.D.), and the Chicago Headline Club.
Geoffrey has a master's degree in theatre from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Radio/TV/Film from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Fees: This event is free to members. Additional guests from a member building require a fee of $40.00. For non-members, the fee is $50.00. No non-member vendors will be admitted. By selecting the "Check" payment choice, we will send you an invoice.
Register: The deadline to register is Monday, November 13 bynoon. Please note any food allergies or restrictions.
Attendance: As a professional courtesy, please stay for the entire presentation.
Cancellations: Registrations not cancelled 24 hours in advance of the lunch will be charged.