Thursday / October 10, 2019 / 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles: The New Old Post Office

The Cliff Dwellers, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago

  Curt Teich Postcard Archives Digital Collection (Newberry Library)

The Old Chicago Post Office has stood as the gateway to Chicago for almost 85 years. After being closed in 1997 and sitting abandoned and neglected, this Art Deco monument has recently been reawakened to become the largest repositioning project in the US. It’s a tremendous success story for Chicago as it is already acting as a catalyst for additional development, stretching out from the southwest corner of the Loop. Gensler is the architect for the building renovation.

Speaker: With 40 years of design experience as a licensed architect, Les Ventsch, AIA, has led teams on the design of built projects around the world. In Chicago, he has been involved in the renovations at Ravinia Music Festival, Chicago Symphony Center and Civic Opera House. In his current position as a Design Director at Gensler, he has been involved in the repositioning, renovation, and re-creation of the Old Chicago Post Office, the gateway to Chicago.


  • Cocktails:                  Cash bar opens at 4:30 pm
  • Free Program:           Begins at 6:15 pm
  • Dinner:                      Available after the program, a la carte. Guests pay for themselves; club members charge to their house account.

After the program, a $35 buffet will be available, subject to the number of reservations. Otherwise, the regular a la carte menu will be served. Reservations at or call 312-922-8080. Discount parking is available after 4:00 at the garage located at 17 East Adams Street (enter on Adams between Wabash and State). Ask for a discount coupon at the club's check-in desk.


Hosted By

The Cliff Dwellers, Society of Architectural Historians, Friends of Downtown, and AIA Chicago

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