Author: Darrel

  • Canadian Architects of the Chicago School 1880 – 1935

    A striking feature of Chicago that amazes visitors and newcomers alike is the ability of taxi-cab drivers to identify city landmarks by their architect.  The Thompson Center? – why that’s Helmut Jahn.  The Loop Post Office? – it’s Mies van der Rohe.  The Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park – Frank Gehry! The part of the […]

  • Happy Canada Day! … from Chicago…

    In connecting two concepts: July 1 is Canada Day. July 1, 1867 was the day that HRM Queen Victoria signed the British North America Act and officially declared Canada to be a country. Milt Rosenberg is an iconic Chicago radio broadcaster. Over the years, he has regularly interviewed the likes of Henry Kissinger and Margaret […]

  • Darrel Babuk presented with Visit Oak Park Award

    At the Annual Meeting of Visit Oak Park (formerly known as the Oak Park Area Visitor and Convention Bureau), Darrel Babuk was presented with the “New Member of the Year Award”, in recognition of the Babuk Presentations, Inc.  initiative. Though Darrel Babuk is a practicing architect – having completed various project and program management projects […]

  • The North Avenue Architecture Photo Party

    North Avenue, the border between the north side of Oak Park and the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago, is relatively newer than many surrounding neighborhoods. While the buildings along North Avenue post date Frank Lloyd Wright, he golfed here with friends and clients. Many used the area as a place to get away and hide from […]

  • Canada, as a Presentation and as a Networking Organization

    Friday, 5 June 2009 A few weeks ago, I was approached by a relocation service to make a presentation describing Canadian history, government and culture to a family moving to Canada.  While I do many public speaking engagements throughout the year, this was the first time I had been invited to speak on this topic.  […]

  • Forecasting Global Economic Strategy, Understanding Urban Planning and the 1977 Mini Clubman Estate

    Wednesday, June 3, 2009 While I’ve been avoiding the temptation, the removal of General Motors from the Dow Jones Index may provide a good reason to describe my own car, to draw parallels to the direction of this economy, and to the future of urban planning, of all things. Both General Motors and Citi Group […]

  • Breakfast with the Consul General of Canada

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 This morning, the Canadian Club of Chicago hosted a breakfast presentation by the Honourable Georges Rioux, Consul General of Canada.  It was held at Chicago’s Cliff Dwellers Club. It was a great opportunity to catch up on some old friendships and to hear the Consul General speak, a tradition in its […]

  • Presentation to Fachhochshule am Main Frankfurt and Ryerson University

    Tuesday, May 26, 2009 Yesterday, I made a presentation of “The Canadian Side of the Chicago School of Architecture 1884 – 1935” to a group of architecture students and faculty visiting Chicago from Fachhochscule Frankfurtam Main of Frankfort, Germany and Ryerson University of Toronto, at their request.  It was a group of about fifty people, they […]

  • Great Chicago Places and Spaces 2009, Part 2

    Sunday, May 17, 2009 Great Chicago Places and Spaces took place yesterday.  While the overall program was shortened (one day rather than two, 100 presentations instead of more than 200) it was very well attended.  All three of my presentations sold out.  It was beautiful weather, albeit a bit windy at times. Secret Streets of […]

  • Luncheon with the Consul General of Spain

    Wednesday, May 13, 2009   The lunch talk by Javier Ruperez, Consul General of Spain was fascinating – it was a very Spanish view of North America, that Spain was the founding country of the Americas, a viewpoint not necessarily heard in Anglophile circles like mine. Mr. Ruperez has represented Spain in the United States […]