A Night of Ideas at the Chicago Architecture Center


Artists, writers, and historians will convene at the Chicago Architecture Center for the annual Chicago Night of Ideas. On the evening of February 28, this free and public event will be full of discussions on major global issues.


The Chicago Architecture Center will host Chicago-based creators for performances and panels throughout the evening. Headliners include Poems While You Wait, Sherman Dilla Thomas, Tonika Johnson, Isabelle Olivier, Bernard Turner, Natalie Moore and the hosts of the 77 Flavors of Chicago Podcast. 

Guests can also enjoy an immersive exhibit, “Ball Theater” by Studio Muoto. The exhibit comes from The Venice Architecture Biennale to Chicago for the evening. Artists and activist Tonika Johnson will lead a talk about her project Inequity for Sale. The hosts of the 77 Flavors of Chicago Podcast will take guests through their Chicago Neighborhoods project, a city-wide project by University of Chicago to identify distinct Chicago neighborhood boundaries.

Investigating the future of urban life, the nation’s leading thinkers, scientists, and creative minds will engage with the theme “Outside the Lines” to cover topics such as climate change, gentrification, and social and cultural activism. Guests will be led through these discussions with debates, performances, readings, and more. This year, Night of Ideas will be held in twenty cities around the country.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required and can be made online.


Located at the Chicago Architecture Center, the event is presented by Villa Albertine and Albertine Foundation, and coordinated worldwide by the Institut Français. 

Villa Albertine is a cultural institution that seeks to bridge the cultural gap between the United States and French-speaking countries through art and shared ideas.

Institut Français is the leading cultural program responsible for France’s international cultural efforts. The organization uses arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships to promote French language and culture across the world.

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