Upcoming Site Tours
Northside Universities + Places of Worship Tour
Join us for a special tour on Wednesday, June 26th, of north side sites, home to some of Edgar Miller's most intricate commercial works. We will be visiting some of Chicagoland's most prominent centers of learning and religious sites, including:
Northwestern University's Technological Institute
First Presbyterian Church of Evanston
Loyola University's Madonna della Strada Chapel
Emanuel Congregation Synagogue
Each of these sites houses multiple examples of Miller's handcrafted art and design work, such as cast-stone bas reliefs, stained glass design, hand-carved woodwork, and tile mosaics. The sites of this north side tour are some of the most well-preserved public sites of Miller's art, as well as home to archived pieces rarely seen or accessed by the public. This tour will include bus transportation between stops, and guided talks on the art by members of the congregations at the various religious sites.
Carl Street Studios + West Burton Place Historic District Tour
Join us for a special opportunity to peak behind the walls of one of Edgar Miller's most stunning architectural creations, the Carl Street Studios on West Burton Place in Old Town, Chicago on Saturday, June 22nd. As the first "handmade homes" project that Miller undertook in the later 1920's, the Carl Street Studios has remained a steadfastly well-preserved site of some of the late artist's most stunning pieces of embedded art and design.
The Studios are home to some of the most colorful and experimental examples of Miller's mosaic, tile work, carving, and stained glass from his early professional career; as well as being a site that Miller returned to over the decades to refurbish and inspire other famous designers. Having designed much of the seventeen studios and handcrafted many of the astounding embedded design features, the Studios remain one of the most unique spaces in Chicago to explore.
Handmade Homes Walking Tour
Put on your walking shoes! This summer we will be hosting our first Chicago walking tour of Edgar Miller sites. On Saturday, July 20th, join us for a two-mile excursion to Chicago's near-north side neighborhoods, to visit Edgar Miller's renowned handmade homes. Attendees will visit near north districts that are home to not only Miller's work but also buildings directly inspired by the late, great Chicago architectural designer; and will get to explore the exterior of several Gold Coast, Old Town, and Lincoln Park buildings in detail.
The tour includes stops at the Newberry Library; Washington Square Park (formerly Bughouse Square and adjacent to The Dil Pickle Club, an often frequented Miller haunt); Fisher Studio Apartments; West Burton Place Historic District & Carl Street Studios; Old Town Triangle & Kogen-Miller Studios; Lincoln Park's Mid-North Strip & Walter Guest Apartments; finishing at Oz Park.
This tour will be led by Edgar Miller Legacy in proud partnership with City Hike, a non-profit organization that organizes cultural and heritage walks in various neighborhoods around the city.