Upcoming Events

We're taking a break from a very busy year.

Watch for 2019 event announcements soon!

Past Events

Chicago Architecture & Design

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Eighteen DE members and guests attended the presentation and book signing by George Larson and Jay Pridmore of their new book, Chicago Architecture & Design, 3rd Edition, at Bookends & Beginnings.

Lake Street Curiosities

Saturday, September 29, 2018
There was a great turnout as 40 DE members and friends joined Dick Lanyon and Gary Langwell on a tour of two unique and seldom seen buildings on Lake Street: the Evanston Pumping Station and the Evanston Masonic Temple.

The American Idea of Home

Thursday, September 13, 2018
21 DE members, friends and family attended author Bernard Friedman’s, discussion of his book, The American Idea of Home at a wine & cheese book signing at Bookends & Beginnings.

Revisiting Mulford House

Saturday, July 28, 2018
11 DE members and friends visited Mulford House during the GreenBuilt home tour. Energy performance is as expected.

Forgotten Evanston Tour

Saturday, June 9, 2018
20 DE members joined rhe Forgotten Chicago crew on a 2.5 hour walking tour of Evanston's lesser known built environment.

Performing Arts Center Project Review

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
12 professional members attended the project review presented by Patrick O'Connor of Farpoint Development.

Design Evanston Annual Meeting

Thursday, January 25, 2018
31 members and guests attended the annual meeting at the Halim Time & Glass Museum. The current board was re-elected.

Archived Past Events

+ 2017 - 2017

2017 Design Evanston Awards

Thursday, November 2, 2017
90 guests attended the Awards event hosted by the Evanston Art Center. Twenty-eight awards were presented. See Awards page.

Open House Chicago

Sat/Sun October 14/15, 2017
Thousands attended the 14 Evanston sites at Open House Chicago.

601 Davis Project Review

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Ten DE members met with Vermillion Development and Solomon Corwell Buenz team members to review their proposal for Evanston's newest highrise.

Burnham in Evanston Tour

Sunday, September 17, 2017
19 DE members and friends toured Daniel Burnham's neighborhood with guide, Kris Hartzell.

Mulford House Tour

Thursday, September 7, 2017
19 DE members and guests toured Evanston's first LEED Platinum home, designed by Nate Kipnis and his project partner, Drina Nikola.

Design Advocacy

Wednesday, July 13, 2017
16 DE members and guests met to plan strategies to address Evanston's planning issues. The group will concentrate on recommending improvements to the Master Plan and 2009 Downtown Plan.

Kellogg School Tour

Thursday, June 22, 2017
21 DE members and guests toured the 415,000-square foot Kellogg School of Management Global Hub on Northwestern University's Evanston campus.

Design Advocacy

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Twelve DE members and guests met to begin a new initiative to pro-actively address Evanston’s physical environment by applying design expertise.

Design Adventures Soiree

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Fourteen DE members, including three presenters, gathered to see photographs of Nepal, graphic design history and architcture.


+ 2016 - 2016

Open House Chicago - Evanston

October 15-16, 2016
Design Evanston was again the lead organizer for this unique architectural event. 21,000 people visited 14 sites in Evanston.

Ryan Center Tour

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Project Manager Deborah Burkhart led 22 members and guests on a tour of Northwestern's Ryan Center for the Musical Arts designed by Goettsch Partners.

Cuba Soiree

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Thirteen members, including three presenters, enjoyed an evening of photographs, food and drink celebrating Cuba.

Noyes Street Project Review

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Seven DE members met with Greg DeStefano of GDS Companies to review his latest revised proposal for the 824-828 Noyes Street apartment project.

Oscar Mayer House Tour 2

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Forty-four DE members and the public attended the second Oscar Mayer House Tour. Owner Jim Kastenholz and architect John Eifler led the tours.

West Burton Place Tour

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Fifteen DE members toured Carl Street Studios on West Burton Place with guide Zac Bleicher and hosts Amy Keller and Ingeborg Kohler. An informal dinner followed at Dinotto’s.

Van Bergen Open House

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Forty members of Design Evanston and Landmarks Illinois toured the nearly restored house moved from Wilmette to Evanston in 2014-2015.

Draining Chicago

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Seventeen people attended Richard Lanyon's book launch at the Evanston Public Library.

Evanston: 150 Years 150 Places

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Twenty-eight  people attended the Lit Fest presentation of "Evanston: 150 Years 150 Places" by the five DE authors.

Oscar Mayer House

(Interior) Saturday, April  30, 2016
Sixty-eight DE members and the public toured the in-process restoration of the house, led by owners Jim Kastenholz and Scott Hargadon.

Design Evanston @ 35 Years

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Forty-two DE members and the public celebrated Design Evanston's 35th anniversary at the Evanston Art Center. Bob Teska received DEs first Fellow award.

Stone Terrace B&B Open House

Friday, January 29, 2016
Twenty-five DE members and the public toured the beautifully restored Stone Terrace B&B with Paul Janicki, project architect.


+ 2015 - 2015

Walking Tour of the 606 Trail
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Eight members and friends braved wind and rain to tour the 606 with Ross Barney project manager, Andrew Vellelinovitch.



Open House Chicago - Evanston
Saturday/Sunday, October 17/18, 2015

An estimated 17,000 site visits were recorded during the first Open House event held outside the Chicago borders.



Downtown Evanston Walking Tour
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Five members and friends joined Kris Hartzell on a tour of Downtown Evanston.



North Evanston Bike Tour
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Five members and friends joined Heidi Hoppe on a tour of North Evanston.



South Evanston Bike Tour
Wednesday, June 15, 2015

Six members and friends joined Jack Weiss on a tour of South Evanston.



Two Garden Tour
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Seven members and friends enjoyed a tour of the Aqua rooftop garden and Maggie Daley Park. 



2015 Design Evanston Awards
Thursday, June 18, 2015
90 award winners, their design teams, members and other guests attended the 2015 Awards gala at the Music Institute of Chicago. Twenty-one awards were presented.                     


+ 2014- 2014

Evanston: 150 Years 150 Places
Sunday, December 7, 2014

12 members amd friends attended a presentation of our book at Bookends and Beginnings.



Discover Evanston Tours
Saturday, Sept 27, October 4 & 18, 2014
35 DE members and friends joined Heidi Hoppe and Kris Hartzell on tours of North Evanston and Downtown Evanston.


921 Ridge Open House

Thursday, August 14, 2014

13 DE members and friends enjoyed refreshments provided by @properties as they toured the house and coachhouse that has been a decades-long project by owner Rene Weiss.



Discover Evanston Bike Tours

Saturday, June 14, July 26, 2014

Two bike rides, led by authors of our book "Evanston: 150 Years 150 Places", covered the Lakefront and South Evanston.



McCormick Place Rooftop Garden Tour

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Six Design Evanston members and friends toured the McCormick Place rooftop garden - the largest in the Midwest - on the West Building complex. (pdf)


Walgreen's Energy Performance

Monday, April 7, 2014

25 Design Evanston members and guests learned about the energy performance and toured the control room. The new store is producing more than net zero! (pdf)


Chicago-Main Project Review

Monday, January 27, 2014
Firehouse Grill, 750 Chicago Avenue

Design Evanston members met to review GREC Architects (GRECstudio.com) design proposal for the project at Chicago and Main. The process resulted in a ffavorable recommendation to the city. (pdf)


+ 2013- 2013

"Long Views" at Graceland

October 12, 2013

DE members and friends toured Graceland Cemetery with landscape designer, Craig Soncrant, studying the planning and restoration work by Wolff Landscape Architecture.



Walgreen's "Net Zero Energy Store"

September 25, 2013

20 DE members and guests enjoyed a hard hat tour, led by Walgreen design staff, of this outstanding new store due to open November 21. A follow-up tour is planned for the spring.



"Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places"

August 27, 2013

A third book launch was hosted by the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue. Watch our one-hour presentation on ECTV, Channel 6.

To purchase a book click here


AMLI and Solar Hot Water

July 18, 2013

30-40 members and guests took a tour of Evanston's new LEED certified apartments and learned about Evanston's Solar Hot Water Community Program (SHOP). (pdf)


"Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places"

July 11, 2013

A second book launch was hosted by AIA Chicago, at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. 40 attended the event.


"Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places"

June 27, 2013

50-60 members and guests, including the mayor and city manager, celebrated the launch of our new book that features the best of Evanston's oldest and newest places. (pdf)


Drawing the Future: Chicago Architecture on the International Stage, 1900-1925.

May 9, 2013

Design Evanston members and friends joined curator David Van Zanten who guided us through an outstanding Block Gallery exhibition. (pdf)


+ 2012- 2012

Racine Get-Away

September 21, 2012

DE members toured the S.C. Johnson Administration Building, Fortaleza Hall and new FLW exhibit. Then Wingspread and the Racine Art Museum. (pdf)


Wright's Roots

August 2, 2012

DE members, led by curator Tim Samuelson, toured the new exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work at Expo72. (pdf)


Trader Joe's Project Review

June 21, 2012

DE members met with the developers and architects OKW to provide professional expertise and opinions. (pdf)


Northwestern University Building Tour

June 23, 2012
Members toured the NWU Evanston campus with docent Andrew McGonigle, project manager at NW’s Design & Construction Department, and the project architects. ( pdf )


CTA Viaduct Party

June 23, 2012

Design Evanston members celebrated the replacement of the Dempster and Grove Street CTA viaducts. (pdf)


Tour Lakeside

May 25, 2012

DE members had a tour of the award-winning SOM master planned community at the former 500-acre U.S. Steel Southworks site. (pdf)


Architecture & Design Film Festival

April 12-16, 2012

Music Box Theater

33 films about architecture and design. (pdf)



+ 2011- 2011

Quality Design 3 (QD3)

Realistic Sustainable Design for Evanston

October 20, 2011
Quality Design 3 focused on how best to implement sustainable practices in Evanston with a panel discussion led by Len Koroski, AIA, LEED AP. (pdf)


Farnsworth House/Lumenhaus Tour

June 11, 2011

Design Evanston members, guests and friends visited Mies’s 1951 masterpiece and Lumenhaus, a contemporary competition winner inspired by Farnsworth House. (pdf)


Northwestern University Historic Building Tour

May 21, 2011

Co-hosted by Design Evanston and the Preservation League of Evanston, the tour includes Annie May Swift Hall, Harris Hall, and Crowe Hall and Garden. (pdf)


Design Film Series No.4: Objectified

April 25, 2011

Produced by Gary Hastwit of “Helvetica” fame, this film doesn't just glamorize products, it's a conversation that looks at consumerism, identity, and sustainability. (pdf)


Illustrated Architecture Books

April 14, 2011

Design Evanston members will join the public at the UIC Library for the opening reception of an exhibit commemorating 500 years of architecture books. (pdf)


Design Film Series No.3: Liquid Assets

April 11, 2011

A film about the critical role that our water infrastructure plays in protecting public health and promoting economic prosperity. (pdf)


Design Film Series No.2: Lost Buildings & Typeface

March 28, 2011

Chris Ware and Tim Samuelson reflect on Chicago’s lost architecture. Typeface explores the twilight of an analog craft that is freshly inspiring artists in a digital age. (pdf)


Design Film Series No.1 Infinite Space

March 14, 2011

A new documentary feature film, Infinite Space traces the lifelong quest of visionary architect, John Lautner. (pdf)



+ 2010- 2010

2010 Design Evanston Awards

October 14, 2010

Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Avenue

Join the Evanston community in honoring the best of projects that enhance the quality of our built environment. (pdf)


Illinois Holocaust Museum
July 17, 2010
Design Evanston members and fellow design professionals can see the Museum through the informed eyes of Harold DiVito, project manager for architect, Stanley Tigerman. (pdf)


Ragdale (Lake Forest)
June 12, 2010
Design Evanston members and guests will take a docent-led tour of Van Doren Shaw’s historic landmark home, now an active arts community.
Hear plans for it’s restoration, now under progress.



Green Homes Tour
May 22, 2010
Evanston architects Andy Spatz, Nate Kipnis, and Ellen Galland have volunteered to docent “Green” homes that they have designed for Evanston clients and they'll discuss their environmentally-friendly practices. (pdf)


+ 2009- 2009

October 10, 2009
Design Evanston and The Evanston History Center are hosting an afternoon of events celebrating Evanston's own Daniel Burnham: A one-hour walking tour of the neighborhood he called home, and a reception and viewing of Daniel Burnham’s Evanston exhibition. (pdf)


Crown Fountain Tour
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Millennium Park's Crown Fountain. Completed in July 2004, the fountain was the creation of Barcelona artist Jaume Plensa. Architect for the two 50 foot high towers and 232 foot pool was Kreuck Sexton Architects. Mark Sexton and Ed Uhlir of Millennium Park, Inc. will lead the tour. (pdf)


Farnsworth House Tour
Saturday, June 6, 2009
The Farnsworth House, built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951 and located near Plano, Illinois, is one of the most famous examples of modernist domestic architecture and was considered unprecedented in its day. Fully restored after last fall’s flood. (pdf)


Helvetica: The Film
January 21, 2009
The typeface Helvetica celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008. The Siskel Film Center's most visited movie, Design Evanston hosted a screening at the Evanston Public Library. (pdf)



+ 2008- 2008

Blueprints to Our Past
December 7, 2008
Design Evanston hosted a virtual tour that featured Tim Samuelson, Chicago's Historian, and Lisa Snyder, project leader, talk about the UCLA School of Architecture-designed virtual tour of the White City fairgrounds. (pdf)


The Chicago Spire
November 18, 2008
The Chicago Spire is the most significant residential development in the world. Design Evanston hosted a tour of the Calatrava-designed building's showroom in the NBC tower. (pdf)


JRC Synagogue Tour
September 24, 2008
Design Evanston hosted a docent-led tour of the LEED certified synagogue in Evanston, the first of its kind in the world, designed by Carol Ross Barney. (pdf)


Crabtree Farm Tour
July 26, 2008
Design Evanston hosted a docent-led tour of Crabtree Farm, a privately owned property. The farm buildings display Arts and Crafts collections in settings that have been created to reflect the aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts movement.


+ 2006-2004- 2006-2004


Learning from Curitiba
October 26, 2006
Co-sponsored by Design Evanston and the Evanston Environment Board, Carmen Vidal-Hallett and Mark Hallett presented their research study of Curitiba, Brazil, one of the most environmental cities in the world. (pdf)


Design Evanston Awards
April 6, 2006
Sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, a multi-media presentation of Design Evanston's 2005 award winners.


Evanston Development Preference Survey
June 25-26, 2005
Design Evanston conducted a public survey of recent development in Evanston during the Fountain Square Arts Festival. Four questions were asked of the 145 respondents: 1. Who should approve building appearance? 2. What are your most liked buildings? 3. What are your least liked buildings? 4. What kinds of development should be encouraged? (pdf1)
In a subsequent article in the Evanston RoundTable, David Galloway, President of Design Evanston, summarized the results of the findings. (pdf2)


Quality Design 2
June 2, 2005
A multi-media event showcased good design ideas, policies, practices, and examples, featured a panel discussion with Carol Ross Barney, Tim Schuenk, Dennis Harder, and John LaMotte, moderated by John McCarron. (pdf)


Quality Design 1
October 7, 2004
A multi-media event showcased good design ideas, policies, practices, and examples, featured a panel discussion with Carol Ross Barney, Edward Keegan, and John Syvertsen. (pdf)