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Thank you for your interest in becoming a docent at the Chicago Architecture Center.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2019 docent class on December 4, 2018. The application deadline is January 8, 2019.

Docent training is a rigorous experience that aims to give new docents a broad understanding of architecture and architectural language as well as confident mastery of two specific tours. It consists of classroom learning; homework; reading to prepare the new docent to give enthusiastic, personalized CAC tours; and on-the-street practice with docent mentors.

If you are accepted into the docent training class and voluntarily leave the program after it starts, the CAC will request a reimbursement of $500 in training and materials costs. If you are accepted into the program, you will be required to become a member of the CAC and submit to a background check.

Important Dates for 2018-2019

Information Sessions

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 5:30—7:30pm
Monday, Dec. 3, 10—11:30am
Saturday, Dec. 15, 9:30—11am

2019 Training Dates

Introduction to the Chicago Architecture Center

Must only attend one of these dates. All dates will take place at the Chicago Architecture Center in the Lecture Hall.
March 20, 2019, 2—3:30pm
March 23, 2019, 10—11:30am


You must attend all sessions. All trainings will take place at a downtown Chicago location.
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9am—4:30pm
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 9am—4:30pm
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9am—4:30pm
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9am—4:30pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9am—4:30pm

Walking tour training

You must attend all sessions. All walking tour trainings take place at the Chicago Architecture Center. 111 E. Wacker Dr, in the Joan and Gary Gand Lecture Hall.
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9am—4:30pm
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9am—4:30pm
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9am—4:30pm
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 9am—4:30pm

Second tour training

You will learn a second tour requiring two or four more days of training in the late summer. You must be available to attend one of the three options. All training days take place at the Chicago Architecture Center. 111 E. Wacker Dr, in the Joan and Gary Gand Lecture Hall.

Option 1: July 20, July 27, August 10 and August 17
Option 2: August 3 and August 31
Option 3: September 7 and September 21

Other dates

Interviews: January 15—February 12
Candidates notified: February 13—15

Fill out the information below to apply.

Please be thoughtful and complete when answering the following questions. We receive many more applications than we have space for docents. As such, we evaluate your answers carefully. This is a competitive process.


By submitting this form, I understand that if I am selected for the docent training program and choose to attend, I will be required to:

• Attend all classes in person.
• Complete all homework including reading, writing, observation, and presentation exercises, which will take approximately 25 hours per week.
• Be observed and evaluated by my peers.
• Give a minimum of 13 tours in the first year of being a docent.
• Give two weekend (Saturday or Sunday) tours per year
• Manage the financial responsibilities related to being a docent including approximately $150 for books and materials, travel/parking expenses, and $500 for voluntarily leaving the training program early.

Billing Address & Payment

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Your total charge will be: $20.00