Night of Ideas

Chicago Architecture Center

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Outside the Lines

Shaping Narratives and Urban Futures




Night of Ideas event returns to Chicago on Wednesday February 28, 2024 with headliners Studio Muoto, Poems While You Wait, Shermann “Dilla” Thomas, Tonika Johnson, Isabelle Olivier, Bernard Turner, Natalie Moore, and the hosts of the 77 Flavors of Chicago podcast.


The Chicago Architecture Center partners with Villa Albertine for this global celebration of creativity and critical thought featuring a wide variety of inspiring talks and performances by academics, activists, and artists.  This year’s theme Outside the Lines: Shaping Narratives and Urban Futures will center on urban life, raising questions about climate change, gentrification and social justice, by way of diversity and inclusion, the future of cultural institutions, and the shapes of artistic communities in built environments.


Night of Ideas will transform the Chicago Architecture Center into an exhilarating sensory experience. Studio Muoto’s visionary audio-immersive exhibit The Ball Theater from The Venice Architecture Biennale will be featured during the evening.  The event will also welcome some impressive Chicago artists, writers, and historians. Artist and activist Tonika Johnson will host a talk about her project Inequity for Sale. The hosts of the beloved 77 Flavors of Chicago podcast will walk participants through the Chicago Neighborhoods Project— UChicago’s city-wide project to identify Chicago neighborhoods and their boundaries.


Explore the Chicago Architecture Center after hours during this drop-in event. Engage in intellectual talks, panels, book signings, and performances, on topics like the future of the Great Lakes, food accessibility, gentrification, housing policy, and lending disparities against the backdrop of Chicago at night.


This event is free and open to the public. The Chicago Architecture Center’s exhibitions, including Systems by French design studio ChartierDalix and the bookshop, will be open to the public during Night of Ideas.  


The event is co-curated by Villa Albertine and the Chicago Architecture Center.  Special thanks to the Alliance française of Chicago, France Chicago Center at the University of Chicago, Institut français, and Villa Albertine Chicago for their generous support for the fourth edition of Night of Ideas in Chicago.  

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