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Elks National Memorial


2750 N. Lakeview Ave.


Lincoln Park


Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 4pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


Egerton Swartwout, 1924



One of the most magnificent war memorials in the world stands on Chicago's north side just across the street from Lincoln Park. It is the result of a design competition held by the American Institute of Architects to honor the 1,000+ members of the Order of Elks who made the ultimate sacrifice during WWI. Egerton Swartwout's winning design features the grandest domed rotunda in Chicago, stunning meeting rooms, monumental statuary, priceless artwork and the finest marbles from Greece, Austria, France, Belgium, Italy and the United States. 

Visitor Experience

Visit the stunning Main Rotunda and Grand Reception Hall--among the most opulent spaces in Chicago. No strollers or large bags permitted.


AURAL ARCHITECTURE: Listening is the Other Half of How We Know

Explore the aural architecture of three distinct spaces in the Elks National Memorial with NON:op Open Opera Works and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

Sat, Oct 19: 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am, 12pm, 2pm

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The Elks National Memorial contains three distinct architectural spaces to explore: the rotunda in the memorial hall, the grand reception hall, and the umbrella room. In each location, participants will be invited to notice the unique aural and visual properties, to listen to and learn about the wealth of sensory information, and to take part in activities specific to each location. These include a relaxation exercise, listening to the ambient sound of each room, experimenting with resonance and frequency, whispering and making your own sounds, and some surprising acoustic effects based on the geometry of the architecture. We will also talk about how the numerous surfaces, objects, materials, and shapes of complex environments contribute to create an aural architecture unique to each space.

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