By Mark Wille
Twenty neighborhoods welcomed the community to 150 destinations at no cost on October 15 - 16, 2022 in Chicago. Lawndale, Chinatown, Humboldt and Avondale to name a few of the existing neighborhoods. If you like cool photos scroll to the end (wink).
Back in 2011, is where this all started. I worked with this group to showcase our facility on Pulaski just north of Fullerton. GreenDepot aka GreenMaker was the home for over 36 presentations in 48 hours.
Grass Roots, the Chicago Architecture Foundation OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO Present: BIG DIY:Build It Green Do It Yourself workshops, demo, product training, Continuing Education Courses for AIA & GBCI along with many discussions and networking. This event is FREE on October 15th & 16th. GREEN DEPOT CHICAGO
Saturday, October 15 9am PlyBam Presentation by Mark Wille 9:30am Choosing Contractors, Clients and Planning Projects by Mark Wille 10am Insulated Concrete Forms - Benefits and Construction since 1966 by Eric Barton 10:30 USGBC - Educational Opportunites 11am Greening Existing Building with LEED by Jason LaFleur 11:30am Urban Prairie Cabinets by Michelle Silver 12pm Energy Audits by Tom Decker 12:30pm Earth Friendly Products by Luke 1pm Impervia Fiberglass Windows by Kim Robinson 1pm LEED Home from a Master Builder by Brandon Weiss 1:30pm Eco Safety Products - Soy Based Coatings and Sealants by John Barrett 2pm Insulating Your Home and Business by Tom Decker 2:30pm Fuhr Industrial Coatings by Adam Fuhr 3pm The Greenest Home in America by Jasek Helenowski 3:30pm Coat of Silence - Spray On Sound Reducing Coating by John Finn 4pm Energy Star Homes and Businesses/Eco Smart Buildings by George Sullivan 4:30pm Foundations Bamboo Flooring by Stanley Sulkowski 5pm Chrysalis Green Wall Panels by Steve Vegler 5:30pm reBuilding EXchange and Deconstruction Reuse by Meegan Czop 6pm Insight Property Services and Audits by Joe Konopacki 6:30pm Strange Patina - Unique, Vintage, Rare, Antique by Ron Additional Presentations: Winsol Power by Ron Cowgill Design and Construction by McKinley Wells WCPT AM/FM with Mark Earnest Illinois Association of Energy Raters and Home Performance Professionals by Corbett Lunsford Energy Efficiency and Training for Chicago Professionals by Bob Chomko Sunday, October 16 10am Impervia Fiberglass Windows by Kim Robinson 10:30am Bamboo and Urban Forest Wood by Mark Wille 11am Clay and Mica - Dirty Hands and Healthy Finishes by Anna Wolfson 11:30 Sustainable Back Yards - Compost Bins and Rain Barrels - Chicago Dept of Environment 12pm Sustainable Architecture Design and LEED Planning by Lisa Elkins 12:30pm Foundations Bamboo Flooring by Stanley Sulkowski 1pm Chrysalis Green Wall Panels by Steve Zegler 1:30pm Expert Consultant Q&A for Attainable Green Home by Tim Hepner, The Chicago Green Homes Program 2pm Fuhr Industrial Coatings by Adam Fuhr 2:3opm Build Your Own Tool Box from Bamboo by Cynthia Main and Blake Sloane, reBuilding EXchange 3pm Eco Safety Products - Soy Based Coatings and Sealants by John Barrett 3:30pm Urban Prairie Cabinets by Michelle Silver 4pm Ivy Coatings by Joe Silver 4:30pm A Discussion on Acronyms from the Three Rs to the Three Cs by Robert Hammond 5pm Bamboo and Urban Forest Wood by Mark Wille For more information please contact Mark Wille firstname.lastname@example.org 2500 North Pulaski Road Chicago, Illinois 60639 Thank you for choosing Green Depot Chicago
Fast Forward Back to 2022.
Some things do not change, Architecture is part of the heart and soul of Sweet Home Chicago and the buildings draw you in. Architect Doug Farr is one of my favorite people to talk about buildings and design. Diving into the beauty and the story as well as the trends that cause problems. Here are a few books that describe the urban design and affects with nature.
Grab a copy and while you are at it pick up this one too.
Doug is a great friend, and he shared these photos this year.
A quote to some it all up " Open House Chicago has a unique capacity to capture the rich history of Chicago's neighborhoods."
Visit all of the sites virtually with this link: https://openhousechicago.org/archives/
On October 25, 2022, Doug Farr will be speaking at the Energy Revolution Exhibit with the Chicago Architecture Center: https://www.architecture.org/exhibits/exhibit/energy-revolution/
OffSiteDirt will be with Doug and PHriends for the kick-off to "phiuscon 2022: Emissions Up Power Down." Look for updates next week in part two and an interview coming soon with Doug and I. If you toured any sites and have photos and stories to share please let us know.
Thank You to CAC and Open House Chicago for all of your amazing work and #greenstepsforward.