Architectural Tour Of Hyde Park Campus
Whether you attended Booth full-time on campus in Hyde Park or part-time at the Gleacher Center, you are sure to learn something new about the University of Chicago! Nicknamed the "Grey City," the University was emerging simultaneously with and in close proximity to the the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition--the White City--on the south side of Chicago in the late 19th century. Sometimes considered Chicago's "twin progeny," these two "cities" were instrumental in changing the perception of Chicago from a city of barbarous materialism to one of refinement and culture.
Come explore the early Collegiate Gothic roots of the university campus in the original quadrangles, the “march of mid-century modernism” along the Midway and the recent, breath-taking architectural additions such as the Mansueto Library and the Midway Crossings. Explore buildings by such notable architects as Henry Ives Cobb, Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and many others.
The tour will start at the front entrance to the University Bookstore, 970 E. 58th Street (at the intersection of 58th and Ellis, on the west side of Ellis). Our tour guide will be Robin Simon, docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation and UCWBG member.
About our Tour Leader
Robin Simon, MBA '89, has over 20 years of business experience, primarily in the consumer products industry. She started SimonSez Consulting Corp. in 2002 to combine her top-notch analytic capability with excellent communication skills to help organizations make better decisions through the use of information. Clients of SimonSez include: S.C. Johnson & Co., Tropicana and Quaker Divisions of Pepsico, Nestle Pizza Division, Hillshire Brands (formerly Sara Lee Corp.), Alberto Culver (now part of Unilever) and the Steak N Shake Company. Prior to starting SimonSez, Robin spent 12 years with Kraft Foods in both the U.S. and Canada and also spent time at Helene Curtis (now part of Unilever) and in the retail practice of Booz-Allen & Hamilton.
A docent with the Chicago Architecture Foundation since 1997, Robin enjoys giving 10 different walking tours to people from around the world who come to see the fabulous architecture we have here in our own backyard.
She received an MBA in Marketing and Statistics from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Robin completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, with a BA in Applied Mathematics and minor in French from the College of Arts and Sciences and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.
Many of you know Robin for her articles for the Journal of Business Forecasting.
Robin's work is also available through her blog, CPGdatainsights.com.