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The Chicago Sun-Times reports that this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize will be awarded in Chicago, an event that has typically taken place outside of the family's hometown.

Not surprisingly, the festivities will be centered on Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion, designed by the Pritzker-award-winning architect Frank Gehry. The winner will be announced on April 4 with the ceremony held May 31 - one day before the groundbreaking for Renzo Piano's Art Institute expansion takes place.

Piano - himself a winner of the Pritzker in 1998 - is expected to attend both ceremonies, the first featuring a panel discussion with him, Gehry, critic Ada Louise Huxtable, moderated by everybody's favorite PBS talk-show host Charlie Rose. Piano was actually interviewed by Rose just last week, an illuminating one-hour discussion about the architect's working methods, his four projects in New York, and his recent book On Tour with Renzo Piano. It is apparent, as the Sun-Times points out, that Rose is an architecture enthusiast himself. That should make for an interesting discussion.