POSTPONED - Private Chicago

This travel program has been postponed from its original dates of April 23 - 26, 2020. Please check back for further announcements regarding rescheduled dates.

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this exclusive tour of the private residences and architectural sites of Chicago, IL. Participants will be granted access to a number of the city's most beautiful private homes, and will have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive receptions and events. The tour will be led by Phillip Liederbach of Liederbach & Graham Architects.

This inspirational tour will focus primarily on the Near North Side, an area that enfolds the Gold Coast, River North, Lincoln Park, and other neighborhoods near Lake Michigan. Participants will be granted special access to remarkable architecture and interiors, including beautiful townhouses and elegant apartments where private patronage meets individual style.

Featured on this tour are exciting highlights such as a stunning Georgian Revival Townhouse (pictured above) by Phillip Liederbach, David Adler, and Steven Gambrel; and lunch at the Union League Club followed by a private viewing of the Club's extraordinary art collection.

This tour is arranged by Classical Excursions. Please note that a registration form and deposit must be submitted to Classical Excursions and a confirmation of receipt must be received from Classical Excursions in order to be considered registered for this program. Payment of the $500 donation to the ICAA prior to registration does not guarantee placement on the trip. To inquire about registration for this program, please contact Lani Summerville at [email protected] or 413-446-8728 or Tom Hayes [email protected] or 413-243-4155.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.

Image: Georgian Townhouse in Lincoln Park, Liederbach and Graham Architects, interiors by S.R. Gambrel Inc. (Eric Piasecki Photography)

Georgian Revival Townhouse

This program includes a visit to a new Georgian Revival Townhouse in the Lincoln Park area, created by the host of the tour, Phillip Liederbach, and inspired by the work of David Adler, with interiors by Steven Gambrel.

Apartment at the Palmolive

Participants will visit a single floor, 5,500-square-foot apartment at the Palmolive by Phillip Liederbach and Steven Gambrel who created a classical interior with a feeling of Art Deco. The tower building once served as the headquarters of the Colgate-Palmolive Corporation and was converted into high-end condos about twenty years ago.

1550 North State Parkway

Tour participants will visit a particularly elegant residence in 1550 North State Parkway, one of Chicago's most luxurious apartment buildings designed in 1912 by Benjamin Marshall of Marshall & Fox. This extraordinary building's bowed windows, metal balconies, and orangerie make 1550 North State Parkway the last word in French elegance.

Lake Shore Drive Apartment

This program includes a private viewing of a Lake Shore Drive apartment by Oscar Shamamian of award-winning architectural firm Ferguson & Shamamian in collaboration with interior designer Brian McCarthy.

Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Tour participants will attend a private tour of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum to explore the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th century Gilded Age to the present. Housed within an historic 1883 mansion, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum preserves and promotes classical architecture and design. The artworks on display are selections from the private Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts. The museum's founder, Richard H. Driehaus, also initiated the coveted Driehaus Architecture Prize at the University of Notre Dame.

Casino Club

This program includes a dinner and lecture at the historic and exclusive Casino Club, known for its Art Deco interior.

Cocktails on the Chicago River

This program includes a one-of-a-kind evening cruise with cocktails on the Chicago River, with dinner after at chic Pizzeria Portofino.

Lunch at the Union League Club

Tour participants will have lunch at the Union League Club, hosted by ICAA Travel Committee member Myrna Kaplan. Lunch will be followed by a private viewing of Union League Club's extraordinary art collection, including paintings by Claude Monet, Grant Wood, and Edwin Howland Blashfield.

What’s included

  • Four-star Gold Coast accommodations for three nights at the luxurious Thompson Chicago Hotel, designed by Tara Bernerd

Georgian Revival Townhouse (Eric Piasecki Photography)

Georgian Revival Townhouse (Eric Piasecki Photography)

Palmolive Building Apartment (Eric Piasecki Photography)

Palmolive Building Apartment (Eric Piasecki Photography)

Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Wikimedia Commons

1550 North State Parkway, Wikimedia Commons

The Chicago River, Pixabay

Union League Club, Wikimedia Commons


How do I register for an ICAA travel program?

If you would like to register, you may contact the travel operator organizing the program. Please note that a $500 donation per person to the ICAA is required in order to participate in each travel program.

What does the required $500 donation fund?

Your $500 donation helps to further the ICAA’s goal of advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts by supporting its varied educational programs, including continuing education courses, college workshops, the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, New Heights, and many more.

Am I required to pay a $500 donation for each travel program I register for?

Yes, a donation of $500 to the ICAA is required for each travel program you register for. The donation is required for each person attending a tour.

How do I make my $500 donation to the ICAA?

You can make your $500 donation to the ICAA online, or you can download, complete, and mail this form to the ICAA. You can alternatively fax a copy to 212-730-9649. You may also call 212-730-9646 x109 or email [email protected] to make a donation. Donations must be made separately from the registration fee.

Do I have to be a member of the ICAA to participate in an ICAA travel program?

No, membership is not required to attend an ICAA travel program. However, complimentary Individual membership to the ICAA is included with your $500 required donation.

I don’t see the full itinerary for the tour I am interested in. When will it be released?

For full itinerary and more information, contact [email protected], 860-926-4895. Due to the exclusive nature of our tours, some private locations or visits may be omitted from the ICAA's website.

What kinds of trips does the ICAA offer?

Over the past several years, the ICAA has travelled to destinations including Paris; Andalusia; Atlanta; Barbados; South Africa; Chicago; the Netherlands and Belgium; Scotland; the French Riviera; Morocco; the Italian Lake Region; Charlottesville; Naples; and New Delhi, among many other locations. The ICAA is always looking to diversify its travel offerings. If you have a suggestion or location you would like to see added, please email [email protected]