Up All Night With Architecture At The Chicago Cultural Center

October 21, 2015

Kids are invited to create, build, draw and design at a FREE slumber party during the Chicago Architectural Biennial on November 20-21

Mary May    312.744.0576, mary.may@cityofchicago.org

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events invites kids and their families to the first-ever slumber party at the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday, November 20. The Up All Night With Architecture – Family Overnight begins at 6pm and continues until 8am on Saturday, November 21. Kids will create, build, draw and design – and explore the Chicago Architectural Biennial exhibitions with behind-the-scenes tours. This event is for children ages 6 to 12 only, and all attendees must be accompanied by an adult.

The Up All Night With Architecture – Family Overnight is free, but space is limited. Advanced registration opens at 10am on October 26 at chicagoculturalcenter.org.

Event Highlights
Before bedtime in Preston Bradley Hall, under the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome, families will be able to take part in a number of activities.

Interactive drawing will take center stage in “The Drawing Room” as Norman Kelley, an architecture and design collaborative, along with volunteer graduate students from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture, will work with kids to produce one “big” architectural drawing on the floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. Together, a drawing room will appear, both as an act and artifact.

Kids Science Labs will be on hand with activities uniquely suited to celebrate and learn about architecture. Kids will be able to construct a tower made of everyday materials such as marshmallows, straws and sticks, with instructors on hand to discuss relevant topics including: stability and how to make our buildings strong, why tall buildings are actually designed to sway, and how simple and light materials can build amazing structures. Kids Science Labs will also have pre-cut foam board available for those who wish to design and construct their own structure.

Other highlights include a scavenger hunt around the Chicago Cultural Center; a game room featuring Jenga and Kapla Blocks; a screening of the 2014 mega hit The Lego Movie; and complimentary pizza from Pizano’s, snacks and breakfast.

Up All Night With Architecture – Family Overnight is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) in conjunction with the Chicago Architectural Biennial. Admission is FREE and advanced registrations are required. For additional details, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org or call 312.744.3316 – and join the conversation on Facebook (Chicago Cultural Center); Twitter, @ChiCulturCenter @ChicagoDCASE and Instagram, @ChicagoDCASE.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

About the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago Architecture Biennial runs through January 3, 2016, and is free and open to the general public at the Chicago Cultural Center and sites across the city. The Biennial provides a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience. Through a constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and a program of events, the Biennial will invite the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion on the future of the field.

The event is supported by the City of Chicago and the Graham Foundation, with additional support from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Chicago Park District. All funding for the event is privately raised, with significant investments from BP and SC Johnson. For a complete list of exhibitions, public programs, supporters, media partners and program partners, visit: www.chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org.


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