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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 Day

The school year is a busy time. We’ve combined all your favorite elements from our design studio, exhibits and Mobile Architecture Lab into a full day of architecture and exploration—just for families! Join us from 10am—2pm on the second Saturday…

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Free with CAC admisson
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with CAC admisson
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only: Architecture Essentials

Chicago is synonymous with architecture and Chicagoans—especially CAC members—love to share their knowledge of architecture with family and friends. Come learn fun architecture facts you can share again and again at this members-only event.

Price
Free for CAC members*
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Free for CAC members*
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Adaptable House: The Next Chicago Bungalow

Learn about Adaptable House, a re-imagining of the classic Chicago bungalow as a flexible home that grows with changing family needs. Meet Greg Tamborino, the architect behind the award-winning design, which won the 2019 Disruptive Design competition…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
January 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
January 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Girls Build!: Architecture Essentials

This class, designed for first-time Girls Build! participants, will help female-identifying students ages 11-14 understand architecture essentials. Together we'll use the design process to create a series of architectural plans and a massing model.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 30, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 30, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Design Dialogues: The Future of Airport Design

The best airport terminals are easy-to-navigate spaces of architectural intrigue. Hear from a panel of leading architects who are charting a new course for airport design. Learn how they’re pulling off bold—yet functional and future-proof—visions…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 4, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 4, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Engineering Fest

Learn how cities move and groove during our annual Engineering Fest! Drop by anytime between 9:30am—4pm on Feb. 22 and 23 to build and learn, view exhibits, meet engineers and discover systems that move us around Chicago. Ages 12 and younger are FREE…

Price
Free for ages 12 and under, $6 public (ages 13 and up), Free for CAC members
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free for ages 12 and under, $6 public (ages 13 and up), Free for CAC members
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Current Projects: Discover Chicago’s Best Green Buildings

Chicago is a leader in eco-friendly building design, with civic buildings like libraries and academic facilities often setting the highest bar. Hear architects discuss their newest green projects and explore how the private sector can follow suit.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 24, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 24, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Chicago’s Most Endangered Buildings of 2020

What are Chicago's most endangered buildings? Find out at the unveiling of Preservation Chicago's 18th annual "Chicago 7" list. The list identifies architecturally significant structures that preservationists hope to save from the wrecking ball.

Price
Free for all attendees*
Date
February 26, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free for all attendees*
Date
February 26, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Get to Know Your House

If you live in an older home, it can be exciting and enlightening to learn about the history of your house. Get the tools to research your house at this two-part class facilitated by architectural historian and planner Matt Wicklund.

Price
$40 public (includes CAC admission), $25 for CAC members
Date
March 3, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$40 public (includes CAC admission), $25 for CAC members
Date
March 3, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Architecture Center Gala 2020

With the theme "Open Doors, Open Minds" the 2020 gala will kick off the 10th anniversary of Open House Chicago—the CAC's signature festival that welcomes everyone to celebrate Chicago's vibrant culture and amazing architecture.

Price
$500 Individual ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 23, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
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Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$500 Individual ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 23, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

Designing a More Livable City with Henning Larsen

This event has been rescheduled from its original December 4 date.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
April 27, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
April 27, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Exclusive Event: What's Next? Designing the Future City (Part 2)

Join us for the second edition of “What’s Next? Designing the Future City,” a new forum exploring how business and design leaders can unite to make great cities.

Price
$65 per person
Date
January 30, 2020
Time
7:30 am
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$65 per person
Date
January 30, 2020
Time
7:30 am
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Girls Build!: Tiny Homes

Learn how to think big and design tiny in this interactive camp for girls ages 11-14. Students will think creatively as they design a "tiny home" that serves a Chicago neighborhood and has a small carbon footprint.

Price
$582 public (includes CAC admission), $485 CAC Members
Date
August 3, 2020
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$582 public (includes CAC admission), $485 CAC Members
Date
August 3, 2020
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Design Your Neighborhood

Discover the history of Chicago and collaborate with your fellow campers to design and build an ideal neighborhood in this urban planning camp. Campers ages 11-14 will go on tours and receive a copy of the graphic novel No Small Plans.

Price
$582 public (includes CAC Admission), $485 CAC members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$582 public (includes CAC Admission), $485 CAC members
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.