Charles Hasbrouck
Charles Hasbrouck / Courtesy SOM
Auditorium Building
Auditorium Building / Courtesy Wikipedia
Newberry Library
Newberry Library / Courtesy Wikipedia



Charles Hasbrouck, AIA, is an associate director at Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s Chicago office. With over 30 years of experience as an architect and project manager, Hasbrouck acts as the firm’s liaison with clients and consultants, works with project teams on a day to day basis, and ensures that the firm’s services are accomplished in a professional and timely manner. He takes a collaborative approach to architecture and is known for his ability to understand and address different agendas, while delivering projects that maintain a high standard of design excellence.


Best Food and Drink

The Cliff Dwellers is a private club and functions as a non-profit organization for men and women either professionally engaged in, or who support, the fine arts and the performing arts. Notable members have included Louis Sullivan and many other illustrious Chicago architects.

Best Sightseeing 

The Auditorium Building, an Adler and Sullivan masterpiece, was a forerunner of large-scale mixed-use projects, originally combining the auditorium, offices, and a hotel. The Lieber Meister had his office at the top of the tower when a young Frank Lloyd Wright ran the drafting room.

The Grant Park Music Festival offers free classical music under the stars in Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion.

Free public tours of the Newberry Library, an independent research library housed in a distinguished Henry Ives Cobb-designed building, are offered Thursdays and Saturdays.

Best Bookstore 

The Seminary Coop Book Store—one of the world’s great bookstores—is conveniently located next door to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House.