Upcoming Events

December Program and Holiday Party

Mon December 10 · 04:30 PM - 07:30 PM · Paris Club

Paris Club
Chicago, IL 60654

Meeting at Paris Club (www.parisclubchicago.com): 4:30-5:30pm | An Architectural Look Ahead – Design Forecast for 2013

Program Guest Speaker – Lee Bey | Executive Director, Chicago Central Area Committee

Hear architecture critic Lee Bey discuss the future of architecture in the City and what will be coming in the year ahead: from preserving our modern architecture to a new plan for the Chicago river.

Holiday Party at Studio Paris: 5:30-7:30pm

We will celebrate the holiday season with networking, cocktails and appetizers.


Cost | $50 members, $125 non-members, $125 member guest

Walk-ins | an additional $25 will be charged


Bring your holiday spirit and donations for the New Book Drive, for Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Santa Hats will be available for a $5 donation that will go to purchase books for the  Children’s Hospital.

Book Drive Flyer

About our Speaker:

Lee Bey is executive director for the Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC), a civic group composed of business and cultural leaders devoted to improving the architecture, transportation, cultural life and urban design of downtown Chicago. He is also a writer, lecturer and critic specializing in architecture, urbanism, and the role politics play in the creation of the built environment. He writes an architectural photoblog called “Lee Bey’s Chicago” for public radio station WBEZ.and was on-air architecture contributor for Fox News Chicago from 2010 to 2012.

Before joining the CCAC, Bey was director of governmental affairs for Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s Chicago office. In this role, he served as chief governmental expert and an in-house consultant on urban design issues. Prior to joining SOM, Bey was deputy chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, a position in which he advised the mayor on architecture and urban planning while helping shape the administration’s position on development, lakefront protection, park construction and architectural preservation. He also helped oversee major redevelopment efforts such as the $660 million Soldier Field renovation.

Previously, Bey was architecture critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. His weekly full-page column examined architecture, preservation, urban planning—and the accompanying political and civic pressures—in Chicago and the Midwest.

Bey is also an architectural photographer whose client list includes major firms such as SOM and the former OWP/P. His photography has appeared in Forbes, Old House Journal magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Architect magazine. His work was the subject of a solo exhibit called Chicago Then and Now: A Story by Lee Bey, at City Gallery in the Chicago’s historic Water Tower from January 2011 to January 2012. See more at www.leebey.com



Please register by noon, December 7.