Past Tours


Urban Design Tour - Chicago

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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 - 11:00-3:00 - Near Northside Chicago
Edgar Miller Legacy was pleased to host our first Edgar Miller Urban Design Tour. This guided bus tour took attendees to some of Miller's most prominent commercial and privately commissioned works in the city of Chicago, including private spaces rarely open to the public. Sites that the tour includes:

  • King Arthur Court - Medinah Athletic Club - One of the Magnificent Mile's most spectacular hotel interiors, now known as the InterContinental Chicago Hotel, the King Arthur Court therein is a unique venue and home to some of Miller's most detailed stained glass windows.

  • Trustees System Service Building - Now known as the Century Tower, a unique art deco architectural project that incorporates some of Miller's magnificent cut-lead designs in its entryway.

  • Frank Fisher Studios - Designed in partnership with prominent Chicago architect Andrew Rebori in 1936, the landmark Frank Fisher Studios remains one of the city's most refreshingly designed private residences. This is a truly special opportunity to explore some of Miller's most beautiful architectural work.

  • National Public Housing Museum - Not yet open to the general public, the NPHM has been a prominent leader in the preservation and restoration of Miller's larger public work. This tour will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the NPHM's efforts to restore Miller's large-scale limestone "Animal Court" sculptures designed for the Jane Addams Homes in 1938.

  • West Burton Place Historic District - One of Chicago’s Old Town neighborhoods most celebrated gems, this area is home to Edgar Miller and Sol Kogen’s first artist communities and complexes of handmade homes, the Carl Street Studios. This landmarked block is home to some of the most unique pre-modern architectural design that still stand in the city.

 

Edgar Miller's Pabst Blue Ribbon Mural in Milwaukee

 Photo Blue Ribbon Hall in the Pabst Brewery ©Alexander Vertikoff

Photo Blue Ribbon Hall in the Pabst Brewery ©Alexander Vertikoff

 

Sunday, August 19th, 2018 - 9:30-5:00: Pabst Murals and More! - Milwaukee, WI
This road trip toured Milwaukee to visit Pabst Mansion and the Best Place at the historic Pabst Brewery, which houses Miller's fantastic frescoes depicting the history of brewing and the story of Pabst Brewing Company. This tour included lunch at Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub and a guided tour of Best Place by historian and chief steward Jim Haertel. And yes, beer was also included!  

 

Edgar Miller Site Tour

 Photo of Oakridge Mausoleum ©Alexander Vertikoff

Photo of Oakridge Mausoleum ©Alexander Vertikoff

 

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 - 9:30am - 4:30pm: Chicagoland Tour, Chicago, IL
This bus tour took us on a day-long excursion, stopping at sites around the greater Chicagoland area, including Miller’s incredible stained glasswork at the Oakridge Mausoleum in Hillside. Other stops included the First Congregational Church in Des Plaines, Northwestern University Technological Institute, and Emanuel Congregation Synagogue. This tour offered a rarely seen glimpse of Miller's extensive commissioned work.