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Alert: Due to extremely cold weather, all Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise tours aboard Chicago’s First Lady are canceled on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Teach, lead and inspire students to explore architecture, design and the built environment.

The CAC offers educators unique, in-depth learning opportunities to explore architecture, construction, engineering and design concepts. Our hands-on training and award-winning curriculum will help you use design thinking and the built environment to teach core academic subjects and inspire future designers.


Throughout the year, the CAC hosts a variety of professional development events and training for formal and informal educators. From educator open houses to week-long summer institutes, we want to help you expand your knowledge. In a collaborative environment, we address central themes and issues in social studies, history, urbanization, technology and design through the study of the built environment.

Interested in upcoming teacher trainings? Sign-up to be alerted when new programs are added to our event calendar.

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Education Advisory Committee

The Educator Advisory Committee is a collaborative group of Chicago area educators who use, evaluate and give feedback on the CAC’s school offerings, and act as a CAC ambassador in their schools and communities.



Teach your students how to look at and see their built environment. Our curriculum will engage your students in their city while focusing on essential skills and project-based problem solving. To purchase a classroom set of any of the books listed below, please email