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At Chicago Architecture Center, our programs and events help you think differently about the places we live, work and play. Get behind-the-scenes access to the city's architectural treasures. Practice your design skills while you play with your family. Participate in expert-led discussions about the latest urban design issues. With these offerings and so many more to choose from, we guarantee there’s something inspiring and fun for you at CAC. 

Recommended Programs

Family Build: Materials + Construction

Design and build with your family on Sunday mornings in the studio, where themed stations will introduce you to architecture basics. Take part in design challenges and make a take home project. Ages 3 and up.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

The House You Live In: Chicago's Homegrown Architecture

Ever wonder how Chicago’s housing styles came to be? A noted architectural historian will lead this two-part class that delves into Chicago’s vernacular architecture and highlights common housing stock in the city.

Price
$40 public (includes CAC admission), $25 CAC members
Date
March 25, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$40 public (includes CAC admission), $25 CAC members
Date
March 25, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: The Man in the Glass House

With his famous Glass House design, Philip Johnson set the stage for his long and controversial career. Hear Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster discuss “The Man in the Glass House,” his new biography on this fascinating architect…

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
March 27, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
March 27, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Mar. 28

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 28, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 28, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Read and Build: Chicago Icons

Enjoy multiple readings of “Larry Gets Lost in Chicago” by Michael Mullin and go on a scavenger hunt in the Chicago Gallery, where you’ll explore the 3D Chicago City Model and learn about iconic buildings.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
April 3, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
April 3, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Architecture Center Designing Futures Gala

Save the date for the Chicago Architecture Center Designing Futures Gala on Thursday, April 4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago! Funds raised that evening will support the expansion of our award-winning education programs in our brand new Chicago Architecture…

Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 4, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 4, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

One-Day Camp: LEGO® Architecture Camp

What better way to spend a day off school than with the CAC? This special one-day camp for ages 7-10 teaches students what makes Chicago "the city of architecture." Tour the Loop, sketch ideas and create a LEGO® building to take home!

Price
$85 public, $70 CAC members
Date
April 5, 2019
Time
9:30 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$85 public, $70 CAC members
Date
April 5, 2019
Time
9:30 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Apr. 11

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 11, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 11, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Restoring the Uptown Theatre: A New Neighborhood Anchor

After sitting vacant for nearly 40 years, the Uptown Theatre will soon reclaim its status as an entertainment mecca. Hear the story behind the planned renovation and discover what the theater’s return could mean for the neighborhood.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
April 11, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
April 11, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members-Only Bus Trip: Bauhaus Exhibit at the Elmhurst Art Museum

Join us on this one-time, members-only bus trip to the Elmhurst Art Museum to see “The Whole World a Bauhaus," an international traveling exhibition that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus.

Price
$40 CAC members
Date
April 12, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$40 CAC members
Date
April 12, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Girls Build!: Affordable Dream Homes

This camp for first-time Girls Build! participants will help girls ages 11-14 understand the nuts-and-bolts of architecture and design. Together we’ll use the design process to explore the fundamentals of designing an affordable dream home!

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
April 15, 2019
Time
9:30 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free upon application review*
Date
April 15, 2019
Time
9:30 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

The Brilliance of American Architecture

Hear about the brilliance of American architecture at this three-part lecture series inspired by legendary Yale professor Vincent Scully. Held on the last three Tuesdays in April at 6pm, the series will examine significant American cities, buildings and…

Price
$65 public for 3 classes, $25 per class*, $50 CAC members & Yale alumni for 3 classes, $20 per class*
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$65 public for 3 classes, $25 per class*, $50 CAC members & Yale alumni for 3 classes, $20 per class*
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Apr. 18

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 18, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 18, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

What's Next for Eco-Friendly Housing in Chicago?

In celebration of Earth Day, come learn about passive housing—an internationally recognized, performance-based energy standard in construction—and hear how it is gaining traction in the U.S.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
April 24, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
April 24, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Apr. 25

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 25, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 25, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.