FRIDAY TOURS: Visits Cultural Spaces in our 5 selected Neighborhoods


Prof. Williams has arranged GUIDED TOURS of various cultural spaces in each of our selected neighborhoods/sites for the IDEAHAUS.  Please see the attached document (or text below) for the address and start time of the tour for your area.

Most tours start at 2pm, with the exception of Uptown (noon) and Pilsen (1pm).

This is a fun way to decompress after a great showing at Mid-Term Reviews. Each of these spaces has elements of an IDEAHAUS in its own way and should offer insight into the designated neighborhood as well as design strategies for programming and form-making in the second half of the semester.
PLEASE NOTE: These are GUIDED tours, so it is critical that you arrive on time. If you plan on NOT attending, and/or would like to attend a tour of a facility that is not in your designated area, please email Prof. Williams immediately, as your names have been given to the guides. While they are happy to accommodate more/less, its helpful and courteous to let them know who to expect.  If you are running late, or your plans change, please call the facility and/or a classmate who is attending to alert them to your status.

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6018 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Meet Tricia van Eck at 12pm for a guided tour of her historic prarie style mansion turned experimental cultural institution. Trica is a former curator of the MCA and a longtime resident of the Uptown/Edgewater area. She will lead a lively discussion of the area following the tour.

BRING A DISH/FOOD/BEVERAGE from the neighborhood to share at her community table. Then tour your sites and reflect on comments from the review!

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Congress Theater

2135 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Meet a Brian Foote of WoodhouseTinucci Architects at 2pm to tour the 90-year old historic structure that is undergoing major renovations that will highlight some of its historic character while breathing new life and culture through alternate uses including housing. Then venture out into the neighborhood to your own project site to imagine your IDEAHUAS proposal in place.

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Blue1647 Tech Incubator and Innovation Center

1647 S. Blue Island, Chicago, IL 60608

(312) 880-7540

Meet Keith Bradley at 1pm for a guided tour of an up and coming hybrid space on Blue Island in Pilsen. Then stay in the area for the evening and venture futher east, over to the Halsted corridor between 17th and 19th for SECOND FRIDAY Open Art Studios to see a variety of hybrid arts spaces. The Chicago Art Department (C.A.D.—1932 S. Halsted) will have an exhibition of works by students from the non-profit youth art organization, Marwen.


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Bridgeport Art Center

1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609 (Enter on North Side off of Racine/34th)


Meet Mike at 2pm in the main office. He will give a guided tour of the historic former Spiegel Catalog Warehouse turned event space, fashion design incubator, artists lofts, gym, storage facility, weekend farmer’s market, museum…complete with a fledgling beekeeping facility on the roof! Mike will introduce you to a few resident artists and designers in the building

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Dorchester Projects/Re-Build Foundation

6916 S. Dorchester, Chicago IL

2pm. Meet Ken Stewart, Chief Operating Officer for Re-Build Foundation, a nonprofit organization that endeavors to rebuild the cultural foundations of underinvested neighborhoods and incite movements of community revitalization that are culture based, artist led, and neighborhood driven; spaces include a cinema house, arts studios, a listening house, monastery and former Bank turned Art Center. A car is needed if you plan to see the “ART BANK” under construction a few blocks away from the main hub of buildings located on Dorchester between 69th and 70th street.



Some Hotel Suggestions:

1.  + / – $100.00

Hampton Inn & Suites Detroit/Airport-Romulus

31700 Smith Road

Romulus, Michigan, 48174

TEL: 1-734-595-0033


2. + / – $150.00

Adoba Hotel Dearborn

( formerly a Hyatt Regency )

Post Modern hotel designed by Charles Luckman

600 Town Center Drive

Dearborn, Michigan

Tel: +1 313 592 3622


3. Detroit Youth Hostel

Accommodations available for 12-14 total (book online asap)

$27.00 person/night


4. Embassy Suites Detroit Metro Airport


8600 Wickham Road, Romulus, Michigan, 48174, USA



5. Holiday Inn Express

$200 +/- suite

1020 Washington Blvd.

Detroit, Mi



6. The Inn on Ferry Street

$189 +/-

84 East Ferry Street

Detroit, Mi



7. Airbnb–MI


8. Roberts Riverwalk

1000 River Place, Detroit, MI 48207


 9. Hotel St. Regis Detroit

3071 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 873-3000

Draft Schedule – Detroit February 21st, 22nd and 23rd (Sunday optional)


See below for trip highlights. The schedule will be refined as we draw closer to the trip.

Friday, February 21st

Depart IIT 6:30 am (CST)

Arrive University of Michigan 11:30 am (EST)

Tour University and meet w/ students

Points of interest: University of Michigan Museum of Art open 11am-5pm

Depart University of Michigan 1:00 pm

[People grab lunch on route to Detroit]

Meet in Detroit 2:30 pm

Collectively meet at the Detroit Public Library (across from the Detroit Institute of Art). See the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) 20 year anniversary exhibition and get introduced to the city and to Detroit Future City by Charles Cross (landscape architect and urban designer, DCDC and faculty of University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture).

a. Heidelberg Project

b. Lafayette Park miesdetroit

c. DeQuindre Cut/Bloody Run DeQuindre Cut (tbd)

d. Packard Plant

e. Parking Garage downtown Renaissance Style Parking Garage

f. Railroad Station

Social Hour/Debrief at Practice:Space practicespace 6/6:30

Dinner 8:00

Some Restaurant Suggestions:

Slow’s link

Motor City Brewing Works

Mercury Bar

Mudgie’s Deli link

St. Cece’s link

Traffic Jam and Snug link

Cass Cafe link

Los Galones

Coffee Shops:

Astro Coffee – 2124 Michigan Ave.

Cafe Con Leche – 4200 W. Vernor Highway


Motor City Breweries

Atwater Brewery – 237 Jos Campau

The Detroit Beer Co. – 1529 Broadway

Saturday, February 22nd

9:00 am

Meet at Eastern Market

10:30 am

Belle Isle (1880s Fredrick Law Olmsted)

Belle Isle Aquarium (1904 deisgned by Albert Khan)

Drive through Indian Village



Powerhouse Productions / Skateboard Park / Design 99

skateboard park (Have Gina Reichert meet us)

Lunch Suggestions:

Detroit Institute of Bagels link

Brooklyn Street Local link

Mudgie’s Deli link

St. Cece’s link

Russell Street Deli link

2:00 – 3:30

Detroit Institute of Art (Diego Rivera) / MOCAD


Return to Chicago

En Route Back:

The Alley Project

Sunday, February 23rd [optional]

Chicago via Cranbrook

Cranbrook Art Museum

My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process

The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking

Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse

w/ late lunch at Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor


Chicago via Toledo

Glass Museum

Other events/venues:

Film: “Race: The Power of An Illusion” by Sacramento Knoxx at Friday Feb. 21st at 7pm in the community, at the church on Central & Whitaker, in Southwest Detroit

BathTub pub (Saturday) karaoke

The Majestic, music venue

Garden Bowl, bowling & bar

Old Miami, music venue and bar

555 art gallery

Tangent gallery

The untitled botega

TAP open studio, Fridays 5-7pm

Grand River Creative Corridor (graffiti)

Clark Park has ice skating, during the day

Grand Circus park has ice skating at night with lights