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Partner Sophie Bidek will lead a tour of the Harper Court redevelopment project as part of the AIA National Convention’s learning excursion to Chicago’s Hyde Park on June 26th.

Bidek is the lead architect of Harper Court, a 600,000 SF mixed-use development that includes a 12-story commercial office tower, 83,000 SF of retail space and a 518-vehicle parking garage.

The tour will include discussion about the public-private partnership between the University of Chicago and the City of Chicago that catalyzed the project, and its economic impact on revitalization of 53rd Street. Additional tour stops include the Harper Theater, a renovation of a historic screen theater, and Hyatt Place Chicago-South, the first hotel to open in Hyde Park in over 50 years.

The annual conference of members of the American Institute of Architects is expected to draw more than 20,000 attendees from across the country to attend the three-day event at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

For more information about AIA Convention 2014, visit the conference Web site.