FEBRUARY 2019 – We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Henry “Hank” Kupjack: local legend, punk enthusiast, and beloved creator of magical miniature worlds. We proudly display two of his works in our Drawing Room – a master artisan and expert in architectural history, Kupjack has unlocked imagination in the creation of his miniature rooms for decades, which, along with rooms crafted by his father Eugene Kupjack, can be found in the permanent collections of many museums including the Art Institute of Chicago.
Join us in celebrating a friend and gifted artist, and learn about Hank’s work in his own words – recorded with us fireside.
Thank you for inspiring us, Hank.
DECEMBER 2017 – In celebration of his Miniature Rooms exhibit on display in the Chicago Athletic Association hotel lobby, Henry “Hank” Kupjack hosts a Storytelling with the Thorne Miniature Rooms Keeper Lindsay Mican Morgan. Kupjack and Morgan shared their insight on the deep-rooted family connections with the miniatures, and the Art Institute of Chicago who house the collection, as well as what it means, and the patience it takes, to curate some of the world’s most miniature room representations.
The Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s Storytelling Series shares compelling stories and interviews from inspiring movers, shakers and visitors making an impact in Chicago and beyond. From artists to musicians, innovators and adventurers to visionaries with a great story to tell – the series gives an inside look into the experiences that have shaped the speakers’ work and lives. While the hotel’s 124-year-old walls may not be able to tell tales of the past – and boy if they could – the Storytelling Series honors the tradition of welcoming the world’s finest into its halls by capturing today’s tales.