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Essay on The Emil Bach House
The Emil Bach House
Chicago, IL
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Saturday Feb 09, 2019 1:00 PM - Sunday Feb 10, 2019 9:00 PM | $10.00 - $25.00


Essay on The Emil Bach House
Essay on the Emil Bach House explodes Midwestern architecture into something queer, something progressive, ecstatic, and weird.

***Tickets are extremely limited! Tour groups are restricted to twelve audience members at a time!!***

Saturday, February 9th  
Tours depart at 1pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm, 9pm
Sunday, February 10th  
Tours depart at 1pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm, 9pm

The Emil Bach House / 7415 N Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626

Part poetic architecture tour, part immersive theater, part musical performance, Essay on the Emil Bach House leads audiences through the Emil Bach House, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Rogers Park owned by TAWANI Enterprises. Boldly unconventional, the performance dissects Frank Lloyd Wrights ideas with humor, theatrical experimentation, and an exciting original musical score, performed by musicians staged throughout the house.

Essay on the Emil Bach House tells the story of the house, the architect, the neighborhood, and the region that holds them. This intimate, strange, and beautiful performance is a reclaiming of Midwestern radicalism, a love song to the buildings and the people of flyover country, and a chance to see a Wright house like you've never seen it before!

Essay on the Emil Bach House is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Performing Ensemble: Corey Smith, Ethan T. Parcell, Hannah Bureau, Maddy Low, Lia Kohl
Costume Design: Kristin Abhalter Smith
Scenic Design: Ellie Mejía
Photo by: Drew Angle

About the artist:
Corey Smith is a composer, writer, and performer based in Chicago, Illinois. He works in a hybridized performance style  a mixture of original music, text, and movement. Corey has been an artist in residence at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and Grin City. He is a 2017 and 2018 grantee of the City of Chicago's Individual Artist Program as well as a 2018 recipient of an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His work has been seen at Links Hall, the Detroit Fringe Festival, and numerous venues around the American Midwest.

He is an avid collaborator and has worked in various capacities as sound designer, assistant director, performer, composer, and/or devisor for artists such as Lin Hixson, Rough House Puppet Theater Company, the Suburban Piano Quartet, director Lindsey Barlag-Thornton, and many others. Most recent collaborative credits include works performed at the Bath Fringe Festival, Defibrillator Gallery, Co-Prosperity Sphere, McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum, and Roman/Susan.

He studied at the University of Michigan with Kristin Kuster, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, Erik Santos, and Holly Hughes. He is a collaborator, a friend, a proud midwesterner. More information is available online at

About TAWANI Enterprises:
A visionary umbrella organization with an entrepreneurial outlook, TAWANI Enterprises seeks to make private investments that connect people to the history in their midst and create opportunities for growth and knowledge, while forging stronger, healthier communities. The company represents a diversified portfolio of brands, such as the Stone Heritage Collection, TAWANIs hospitality arm of thoughtfully designed lodging and event spaces, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, the TAWANI Foundation and the Pritzker Military Foundation. Properties under the Stone Heritage Collection include Lang House, The Emil Bach House, Mayne Stage and The Lincoln Way Inn. For more information, visit


The Emil Bach House
7415 N Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Ambient
Music > Experimental

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Corey Smith
On BPT Since: Apr 26, 2017
Corey Smith

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