The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002 and the competition has occurred biennially since then. This year’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon will take place October 8–18, 2015, at the [...]
For one weekend, October 10-11, residents in the historic Pullman neighborhood open their doors to the public for this annual tour, where attendees can peek beyond the beautiful facades to see inside grand mansions, workers’ cottages and unique apartment buildings.
Travel back to the 1880s within this time capsule of a neighborhood. The Pullman Historic District, a National Historic Landmark District, was built from scratch and an innovative concept at the time. George Pullman designed the model company town for employees of his railcar factory, complete with its own [...]
Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) kick off the 2015-16 season with the Opening Gala on Thursday, September 24 in Davies Symphony Hall. Stage and screen actor Kelsey Grammer, baritone Nathan Gunn, and soprano Alexandra Silber join MTT and the Orchestra in an evening that pays homage to classic Broadway musicals. Nathan Gunn performs selections from the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalogue, and Grammer and Silber perform the roles of Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady. The concert opens with MTT conducting Respighi’s Roman [...]
Expo Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier. Join the world’s top artists, thinkers, curators and collectors to see a curated blend of contemporary and modern art, design and new technology works from leading local, national and international galleries. You’ll also enjoy museum-quality, concept-driven programming during this international exposition.
Entering its fourth edition in 2015, EXPO CHICAGO running September 17-20, presents artwork from 140 leading galleries, [...]