Classicist Chicago | Mission
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The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) was formed to advance the mission of the ICAA in the city of Chicago and surrounding Midwest.

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is a part of the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts. The ICAA fulfills its mission through four program areas: education, publication, awards and advocacy.


ICAA provides a forum and comprehensive educational resource for students, design and building professionals, and the general public, both in the United States and in Europe.

Academic Programs

Continuing education courses; study and drawing tours; seminars; intensive winter and summer programs for professionals; and academic partnerships extending a unique curriculum.

Public Education Programs

Includes lectures, exhibits, walking and travel tours, and conferences on classical architecture and the allied arts.


ICAA publishes an annual journal, The Classicist, and new and reprinted books on classical design through “The Classical America Series in Art and Architecture”. The Forum, a newsletter for members, is published twice per a year, complemented by a lively array of email updates from across the country throughout the year and an online blog at


Through the annual Acanthus Awards ceremony, The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the ICAA recognizes excellence by honoring the achievements and contributions of architects, painters, sculptors, artisans, landscape designers, patrons, and others in preserving and advancing the classical tradition from the Chicago-Midwest area.