Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced the figures for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, which closed its four month run on Sunday, January 7th. The second edition of the event, helmed by Artistic Director Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, was able to match the success of the inaugural edition, seeing 554,866 visitors from around the world. "The second Chicago Architecture Biennial reinforced Chicago's reputation as the vanguard of architectural, art and design innovation on the national and international stage" said Mayor Emanuel. "The City of Chicago is naturally suited to host an architectural event of this scale, and I want to thank all of the architects, organizers, and residents who made this such a tremendous cultural, educational and economic success for our city." Titled Make New History, the 2017 edition featured installations and performances from 140 architects and designers from 20 countries, activating important cultural spaces throughout the city. The core sites of the Biennial, including the Chicago Cultural Center and the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, received 290,834 visitors throughout the exhibition, an 8% increase over 2015. An additional 264,032 people attended satellite sites extended all over the city and the region, including the 6 new Community Anchor Sites.
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