Thursday / November 14, 2019 / 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side

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

Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side is the first book devoted to the South Side’s rich and unfairly ignored architectural heritage. With lively, insightful text and gallery-quality color photographs by noted Chicago architecture expert Lee Bey, Southern Exposure documents the remarkable and largely unsung architecture of the South Side. The book features an array of landmarks—from a Space Age dry cleaner to a nineteenth-century lagoon that meanders down the middle of a working-class neighborhood street—that are largely absent from arts discourse, in no small part because they sit in a predominantly African American and Latino section of town that’s better known as a place of disinvestment, abandonment, and violence.

Inspired by Bey’s 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibition, Southern Exposure visits sixty sites, including lesser-known but important work by luminaries such as Jeanne Gang, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Eero Saarinen, as well as buildings by pioneering black architects such as Walter T. Bailey, John Moutoussamy, and Roger Margerum. Pushing against the popular narrative that depicts Chicago’s South Side as an architectural wasteland, Bey shows beautiful and intact buildings and neighborhoods that reflect the value—and potential—of the area. Southern Exposure offers much to delight architecture aficionados and writers, native Chicagoans and guests to the city alike. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Speaker: Lee Bey is an architectural critic and photographer. His work documents and interprets built environments and the political, social and racial forces that shape spaces and places.

​Schedule:

  • 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 reservations@cliff-chicago.org 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

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free