Event—Adult Education

Art Nouveau in Chicago

This seminar will explore the underappreciated Art Nouveau in Chicago...

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $105
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $115.5

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

This seminar will explore the underappreciated Art Nouveau in Chicago. The first session will be a class discussion with an overall review of the features of the Art Nouveau style in Europe and then a presentation of the little known and little noticed Art Nouveau in Chicago. The second session will be a walking tour of downtown to view the Art Nouveau that Chicago has to offer. Two sessions.

Maurice Champagne is a life-long resident of Chicago with degrees in education and the humanities. He is currently a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter material provided by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the handouts which will be sent upon registration, in the confirmation email.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.