On October 13th, 2018, SOM Director Thomas Hussey will host "Sketch Walks: Millennium Park" at Apple's Michigan Avenue store and Millennium Park in Chicago. The event is part of The Big Draw, a month-long festival of drawing hosted at Apple flagship stores around the world.
In August, 2017, the Chicago Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza turned 50. In honor of the milestone, numerous events were held across the city; in this video, retired SOM architect Fred Lo, author Patricia Balton Stratton, and a panel of experts discuss the iconic piece of public art.
The Art Newspaper delves into the historical transition of the Chicago Picasso sculpture from a local controversy to a beloved icon. Unveiled in 1967 and commissioned by SOM, the sculpture is the focal point of a celebration organized by Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
On August 8th, 2017, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Picasso sculpture at Daley Plaza. In 1967, then-Mayor Richard Daley and SOM's William Hartmann inaugurated the artwork.
WGN Radio interviews SOM's Eric Keune and Danny Schulman from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in anticipation of the re-dedication of the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza. Engineered by SOM in 1967, the sculpture has endured as an iconic piece of public art in Chicago.
In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Picasso's sculpture in Daley Plaza, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invites SOM's Eric Keune and city historian Tim Samuelson on the "Chicago Stories" podcast. The three revisit the 1967 unveiling of the sculpture and discuss its impact on public art in the city.
The Chicago Tribune reports on Millennium Park being named the top tourist destination in the Midwest region of the United States. Completed in 2004 and based on a master plan by SOM, the park recently received a record number of visitors.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports on Millennium Park's new title as the most visited attraction in the Midwest. Based on a master plan by SOM, the park revitalized a neglected downtown site with contemporary public art works, lush gardens, and a pavilion for live music and theater.
As Chicago prepares for the upcoming Architecture Biennial which opens later this week, Dezeen features 10 projects that helped make Chicago the birthplace of contemporary American architecture. SOM, founded in Chicago in 1936, has played an important part in contributing to Chicago’s architectural legacy with two seminal projects appearing on the list—the John Hancock Center and the Millennium Park Master Plan—alongside architecture masters Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and others.