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Chicago City Model Experience

The Chicago City Model Experience is the star attraction in the Chicago Gallery, featuring more than 4,000 buildings and interactive elements that tell amazing stories of the city.

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Chicago Gallery

Learn how Chicago became the “city of architecture,” explore the stories of five evolving neighborhoods, see Chicago’s residential architecture, discover architects who shaped the city and view new up-and-coming projects in this unique gallery.

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From Me to We: Imagining the City of 2050

What will urban life be like in 2050? Several local architects offer insights and predictions for a future Chicago.

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Housing for a Changing Nation

Americans are changing—and so are our housing needs. Housing for a Changing Nation explores how developments in American society and experience, including shifts in demographics, the economy and the environment, are forcing us to reexamine the concept…

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Thompson Center Ideas Competition

The iconic Helmut Jahn-designed State of Illinois Thompson Center is under threat of demolition. In this free pop-up exhibit in the CAC lobby, the global architecture community shows possible reuses that avoid the wrecking ball.

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Energy Revolution

Energy Revolution demonstrates how we can actively respond to the climate crisis by transforming our use of energy in the built environment. The exhibition highlights the ways individuals, corporations and city leaders can work toward a carbon-free future…

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Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition

The Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition showcases Chicagoland high school students who present design solutions to real-world problems. Named after late Illinois Senator Richard Newhouse (1924-2002), the annual competition celebrates its 40th anniversary…

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