ArchiSketch Chicago: Lincoln Park Zoo & Garden

Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

Urbs in horto“, translated from Latin it means “City in a Garden.” The city’s motto is a reflection of Chicago’s passion for enjoying, developing and preserving its park system, which dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. Chicago’s healthy park system is one of the benefits of living or visiting one of the most interesting cities in the world.

This workshop will focus on the late 19th and early 20th century architecture and social aspects of visiting Lincoln Park Zoo and Garden and its ongoing preservation for future generations.

Buildings selected for Lincoln Park Zoo & Garden Workshop are a reflection of nearly 100 years of design. Variety of architecture styles and structures to sculptures and landscaping. Changes that continue to make it a popular destination each year.

Sketching exercises will be tailored to highlight best features of each building. Workshop participants can expect to learn and draw:

  • Perspective

  • Scale

  • Light & shading

  • Volume & mass

  • Texture

  • More….

ArchiSketch Chicago LP Zoo & Garden Map ArchiSketch Chicago LP Zoo & Garden Map

Lincoln Park Zoo & Garden ArchiSketch Chicago is a 3-hour walking workshop. Download the list and map for quick reference (PDF).

  • Lincoln Park Zoo Administration Buildings (meeting place)

  • Carlson Cottage

  • Cafe Brauer

  • Kolver Lion House

  • Lincoln Conservatory & Garden

Walking route is approx. 1 mile (1.6 km). Accessible via public transit and/or public parking. Walking distance to washrooms and restaurants. Handicap accessible.

No refunds for inclement weather, an indoor workshop will be given and participants will be alerted prior to the workshop.



Please note, these workshops are NOT plein air classesArchiSketch Chicago participants will be visiting multiple locations with ample time for the sketching exercise and architecture interpretation, versus staying in one place.

ArchiSketch Chicago workshops are intended for individuals who are 18 and older with or without any drawing skills.

Participants should bring to the designated ArchiSketch Chicago meeting place, their favorite sketching materials: sketchbook, pencils & erasers, pens/markers, or iPad/tablet, a folding stool is optional. Most of all…bring a open mind and a keen eye.

It is recommended that you travel light, wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes appropriate for an urban walk; ability to climb stairs maybe needed.


  • Not responsible for any injuries incurred while on-location or walking to locations. Each participant is responsible for their own safety. ArchiSketch Chicago (and its parent company, Creative Aces Corporation) will be mindful of all participants and the surrounding area while on-location and walking to ensure the safety of the group.

  • Not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal items during the workshop.

  • No refunds for inclement weather. Alternative plans and locations will be posted at time of registration for each workshop. If alternative plans are needed, each participant will be notified of any change beforehand.

Photo Release Agreement:

Each ArchiSketch Chicago participant agrees to having his/her picture taken and/or any voice recorded and grant ArchiSketch Chicago, and its parent company, Creative Aces Corporation, permission to use his/her picture, voice and physical surrounding without restriction for the purposes of marketing and promotion; be it print, projection, internet website, video/audio channel or any future market. Each participant fully agrees to his/her own participation and holds ArchiSketch Chicago and its parent company, Creative Aces Corporation or representative harmless from any liability, loss of expense arising from the use of his/her picture, picture of artwork or audio/video recording. Each participant also consents to the use of his/her name, voice and/or picture and other materials for promotional, publicity or organization purposes.

What to Bring

Favorite sketchbook and pencils/markers, or tablet + stylus (photographers are welcome to join).

Minimum age

All ages welcome

Cancellation Policy

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Joann Sondy is a graphic designer who specializes in multi-page publications; print and digital. Over the years, she has worked with large, medium and small companies to create a variety of projects that include: annual reports, presentations, proposals and other marketing materials. In addition to the client work, Joann's company has published four books and numerous ebooks. A early adopter of digital publishing tools and resources.

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