DuPage Children’s Museum to Reopen on September 19, 2015

DuPage Children’s Museum to Reopen on September 19, 2015

DuPage Children’s Museum to Reopen on September 19, 2015

From Lemons to Lemonade: We’re coming back better than ever!

 

(Naperville, IL) Back in January, DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) experienced the “Great Flood,” which damaged all three floors, causing the Museum to temporarily close. That was the bad news. But now it is time for the long-awaited good news... DuPage Children’s Museum will officially reopen its doors to the public on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

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Guatemalan Ruins Reveal How the Maya Settled Down

Guatemalan Ruins Reveal How the Maya Settled Down

Evidence unearthed in the lowlands of Guatemala suggests that hunter-gatherers and the ancient Maya culture's less mobile settlers worked together during a transitional period that lasted for hundreds of years. The findings, published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, challenge the view that mobile and sedentary cultures lived apart, and that public monuments are built only after a culture settles down.

"Our study presents the first relatively concrete evidence that mobile and sedentary people came together to build a ceremonial center," University of Arizona archaeologist Takeshi Inomata said in a news release.

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Fixing Frank: Unity Temple gets a sorely needed $23 million restoration

Fixing Frank: Unity Temple gets a sorely needed $23 million restoration

The Rev. Emily Gage chose not to take what happened shortly after she started at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple as an omen. “Right after I began, in the fall of '08, a giant piece of ceiling fell down right above the pulpit,” she said.

This compromise of the building's integrity did not happen during a Sunday service. No one was hurt. And life with Unity Temple, Wright's modernist masterpiece in Oak Park and a mixed blessing of a structure if ever there were one, went on.

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NQAPIA - API PARENTS WHO LOVE THEIR LGBT KIDS

NQAPIA - API PARENTS WHO LOVE THEIR LGBT KIDS

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is launching a national multilingual campaign to promote acceptance of LGBT individuals in Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. 

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The View From Above: How The 606 Trail Will Elevate Chicago’s Green Space Experience

The View From Above: How The 606 Trail Will Elevate Chicago’s Green Space Experience

There was something otherworldly about being on The 606. Images came to mind of new-world structures like Rem Koolhaas’ McCormick Tribune Campus Center at IIT and the concrete and stainless steel tube enclosing the Green Line track that passes over the building, and Helmut Jahn’s adjacent student dormitory, as did childhood images of the Jetson’s futuristic lifestyle. At other moments along the trail I felt a backwards pull, to medieval, walled cities, where passage along ramparts is cheek-by-jowl with residential quarters and cathedrals.

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Changes in personnel at Alphawood Foundation

Changes in personnel at Alphawood Foundation

Alphawood Foundation today announced a series of staff changes and additions.

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Alphawood Foundation announced a $32 million gift to SOAS

Alphawood Foundation announced a $32 million gift to SOAS

Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago private foundation, today announced a £20 million ($32 million) gift to SOAS, University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) to advance the study and preservation of Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia. The largest ever gift in Alphawood Foundation’s history, the donation is also one of the largest recorded to UK higher education, especially in the field of arts and humanities.

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ALPHAWOOD FOUNDATION CHICAGO ANNOUNCES UNITY TEMPLE RESTORATION EFFORT

ALPHAWOOD FOUNDATION CHICAGO ANNOUNCES UNITY TEMPLE RESTORATION EFFORT

Alphawood Foundation Chicago and the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation (the “Congregation”) announced today that they have entered into a preliminary agreement that provides a framework for the eventual complete restoration and preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois.  This agreement contemplates a joint campaign by Alphawood, the Congregation, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, and other interested preservationists to raise the funds necessary to complete a comprehensive restoration of Wright’s internationally-recognized masterpiece.  As part of this agreement, Alphawood has pledged $10 million toward the cost of the effort, subject to successful efforts to raise the balance of the necessary funds.

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