When renowned Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman designed the 65,000 square-foot Illinois Holocaust Museum, he infused every structure with historical and emotional symbolism. Visitors begin the tour in the building’s dark wing where shaded walls and sharp angles represent humanity’s descent into history’s darkest period. The light wing—with its soft, rounded edges and natural light—emphasizes rescue and renewal. And spaces such as the Fountain of the Righteous and the Hall of Reflection urge tour-goers to transform the future. In essence, the Museum’s Architecture Tour demonstrates the power of architecture and the built environment to simultaneously enhance the Museum experience while also profoundly impacting our emotional responses.
The tour, which runs 60 minutes in length, begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, October 11, 2015. Chicago Architecture Biennial participants will receive a discounted admission rate by using the code BIENNIAL at admissions. Entry to the Museum's exhibitions is included in the ticket price.