The University Club of Chicago welcomes Chicago architecture critic Lee Bey as he discusses and signs copies of of his new book, Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago's South Side, the first book devoted to the South Side’s rich but often unknown architectural heritage. This is a ticketed luncheon event. Call the Book Stall (847-446-8880) to make your reservation. The University Club has a business casual dress code; no denim please.
With lively, insightful text and gallery-quality color photographs, noted Chicago architecture expert Lee Bey documents the unsung architecture of the South Side—from a Space Age dry cleaner to a nineteenth-century lagoon that meanders down the middle of a working-class neighborhood street. Inspired by Bey’s 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibition, Southern Exposure visits sixty sites, including lesser-known but important work by luminaries such as Jeanne Gang, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Eero Saarinen, as well as buildings by pioneering black architects such as Walter T. Bailey, John Moutoussamy, and Roger Margerum.
LEE BEY is a photographer, writer, lecturer, and consultant who documents and interprets the built environment--and the often complex political, social, and racial forces that shape spaces and places. His writing on architecture and urban design has been featured in Architect, Chicago magazine, Architectural Record, and many news outlets. His photography has appeared in Chicago Architect, Old-House Journal, CITE, and in international design publications, including Bauwelt and Modulør. A former Chicago Sun-Times architecture critic, Bey is also a senior lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and served as deputy chief of staff for urban planning under former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley.
Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side is the first book devoted to the South Side’s rich and unfairly ignored architectural heritage.