Chicago brick enthusiast Will Quam, who runs the popular @BrickofChicago Instagram account, will lead a pair of virtual tours of Printers Row this weekend, and he's planned an unusual twist to the typical architecture walk that goes well beyond the facade.
Along with being treated to a detailed look at the neighborhood’s buildings and learning about the history of Chicago’s printing industry, tour participants will get to see some of that history spring to life during an actual printing demonstration from Jennifer Farrell of Starshaped Press.
Farrell’s Ravenswood letterpress studio is a throwback to a different era, where she uses antique equipment and type to create modern printed pieces, everything from exquisite limited-edition books to greeting cards.
The cost of tickets ($12) includes a print she specifically designed for the tour.
The tours are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Click here for more information.
Setting up the print all participants in the virtual Printer’s Row walking tours with @brickofchicago will get this weekend. Join us to hear about how elements used here are connected to the history of printing in Chicago! _ #letterpress #metaltype #printersrow #virtualwalkingtour #brickofchicago #madeinchicago #print #books
On 8/8 and 8/9 join me and @starshapedpress for a virtual tour of Printers Row! You’ll learn about the architecture that was built to house Chicago’s printing industry AND learn about the printing tech inside those buildings from Starshaped. You’ll get to see live demonstrations of how the presses work! Don’t miss out! Link to tickets in my bio.