The Water Tower Arts District is a coalition of cultural organizations, within walking distance of the historic Chicago Water Tower, that brings synergy to the group’s creative efforts, strengthens the cultural vigor of the community, and encourages citizens and visitors to enjoy and explore the multitude of diverse cultural opportunities in the District.
Inspired by the resilience of the Chicago Water Tower—built in 1869 and one of the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871—the Water Tower Arts District extends the legacy of the area which thrived in the early twentieth century as Towertown, an epicenter of the arts.
MAR 2–SEP 29, 2019
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBEExhibition
City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower
Stand Up for Landmarks! Protests, Posters & Pictures
Saving landmarks in Chicago has always been a lively challenge. Over the years, public activism, outreach campaigns and governmental legislation have produced notable graphic designs and striking photographs. This exhibit features images, artifacts and ephemera relating to this seldom-told story.Exhibition Free
JUL 23, 2019–JAN 6, 2020
Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago Works: Assaf EvronExhibition
SEP 16, 2019–JAN 11, 2020
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Unraveling Modern Living
Mexico City-based architecture office Tatiana Bilbao Estudio presents and immersive installation that transforms a former domestic space to explore new forms of collectivity.
Featuring a collaboration with Sweet Water Foundation and projects by Archeworks, Colectivo 1050˚, Cultural Reproducers, Fieldwork Collaborative Projects, Stefan Gruber, Nance Klehm of Social Ecologies, and The Weaving Mill, among others.
Tatiana Bilbao founded her eponymous studio in 2004, where her work analyzes its immediate context, creating architecture through a multidisciplinary perspective. The studio’s work ranges from masterplans to an affordable sustainable house typology. She has taught as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture, Harvard GSD and Columbia GSAPP.
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio’s architectural work includes: the Culiacán Botanical Garden; the Pilgrimage Route in Jalisco; the Biotechnological Center; the Sustainable House, the social housing prototype displayed at the 2015 Chicago Biennial that costs under $8,000. Tatiana’s work has been recognized internationally with awards such as the Kunstpreis Berlin in 2012 and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2014 and published in A+U, GA Houses, Domus, and The New York Times, among others.
This exhibition is presented in partnership with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial.Exhibition Free
SEPT 20–DEC 31, 2019
The Newberry Library
What is the Midwest?Exhibition Free