CAC Exhibit Celebrates the Late Helmut Jahn

Seventy-six days after the shocking death of celebrity architect Helmut Jahn, the Chicago Architecture Center will open a new exhibit about his work and legacy.

Helmut Jahn (Photograph by Studio Thies Ibold. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
Helmut Jahn (Photograph by Studio Thies Ibold. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)

You’ll remember that the 81-year-old Jahn died this past May in a bicycle crash in far west suburban Campton Hills.

“Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture” opens July 23rd at the Chicago Architecture Center at 111 East Wacker Drive. It will feature models of his work, sketches, and other items on loan from his family and his company.

Pritzker Military Archives sketch. (Courtesy of JAHN.)
Pritzker Military Archives sketch. (Courtesy of JAHN.)

The CAC reopened from pandemic slumber a few months ago, so if you haven’t been there in a while, this is a good excuse to see how it’s reinvented itself while everyone was gone.  However, for now it’s only open Thursday through Monday, 10am to 5pm.  

Vaccinated visitors do not have to wear masks, but you don’t care because you saw a picture on Facebook that reinforces your worldview, and you’re much smarter than all those “doctors” and “scientists.”  What do they know about medicine, anyway?

Michigan City Library. (Photograph by Rainier Viertlböck. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
Michigan City Library. (Photograph by Rainier Viertlböck. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
Thompson Center sketch. (Courtesy of JAHN.)
Thompson Center sketch. (Courtesy of JAHN.)

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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