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Walking Tour: Lettering in the Loop and a Little Extra with Paul Shaw

A walking tour focused on great lettering in the Loop

Oct 26
  • October 26
  • 10:00 AM
  • Art Institute of Chicago

To see great lettering in a city you have to have great architecture. Chicago has great architecture and legacy of architectural preservation that makes it one of the best American cities for spotting a wide range of examples of urban lettering that ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. This tour will focus on The Loop, a compact area rich in a mix of lettering styles, techniques and materials from the Artistic lettering of the late 19th century to Art Deco, from inscribed classical Roman capitals to sans serifs in neon, and more—including ghost signs. The “extra” is a few blocks north of The Loop on the other side of the river. Start location will be at the Art Institute Michigan Avenue entrance, near the north lion statue. Limited to 20 attendees.

Stay for lunch and drinks afterward with the group, if you like!

The tour will be led by Paul Shaw who has been conducting urban lettering walks in the United States and Canada for the past thirteen years. He is best known for his twice-yearly lettering walks for the Type Directors Club in New York, but has also done tours for TypeCon, the American Printing History Association, ATypI, The One Club, various design schools, and other organizations. Among the cities he has covered are Albany, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Denver, Los Angeles, Newark, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon), Providence, San Francisco, and Seattle. This will be his second tour of Chicago.

Don't miss Paul Shaw's talk about Dwiggins, Cooper, Goudy and Holme in Chicago the preceding night! Go to the Paul Shaw Talk Event Page

Fri, October 26, 2018
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT

Meet in front of Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

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