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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: CAC Chicago Gallery

Join us on Dec. 16 to build homes inspired by the Chicago Model! We'll walk through the CAC's Chicago Gallery to learn about neighborhood homes and create our own structures based on the building types.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
December 16, 2018
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
December 16, 2018
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Bungalows

Chicago is home to more than 80,000 bungalows! We’ll visit our Chicago Gallery to learn about various housing types and discover what makes bungalows unique. Then, we’ll build a bungalow using LEGO® and studio materials.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
December 16, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
December 16, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

LEGO® Lab

Join us on Thursdays to solve architecture-inspired design challenges using LEGO® in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio. Creative challenges will introduce you to iconic Chicago buildings, unique design challenges and essential architecture concepts.

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
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only: Architecture Essentials - Jan. 15

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 to CAF members with RSVP
Date
January 15, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free to CAF members with RSVP
Date
January 15, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

A Survey of Great Architecture Exhibitions

The CAC descends from a long line of comparable architectural displays, stretching back more than 200 years. In this two-part class, historian and author John Zukowsky leads a discussion on the traditions and trends in exhibiting architecture.

Price
$40 public, $25 CAC members
Date
January 18, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$40 public, $25 CAC members
Date
January 18, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Architecture Storytelling

Join us for an evening of fun and fascinating storytelling with architects, interior designers, CAC docents and regular folks who will share crafted tales about Chicago’s buildings and their personal experiences with the built environment.

Price
$15 public, $10 CAC members
Date
January 24, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$15 public, $10 CAC members
Date
January 24, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Tall & Timber: Chicago's First Wooden Skyscraper

When you think of tall building materials, steel and concrete likely come to mind. But now, wood skyscrapers are moving closer to becoming a reality. Hear about the proposed River Beech Tower, an 80-story timber high-rise designed by Perkins+Will.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
January 30, 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
January 30, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Current Projects: Prefab Design on the Rise

Construction contractor Skender has joined a new prefab movement with the opening of an apartment module factory in South Lawndale. Learn how entire apartment modules are built off-site and later pieced together.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 12, 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
February 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing

Join author Ben Austen for a two-part book club about his acclaimed book “High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing.” Peter Landon of Landon Bone Baker Architects will join Ben on the second evening.

Price
$40 public, $25 CAC members
Date
February 13, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$40 public, $25 CAC members
Date
February 13, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Reimagining Chicago's Alleys and Garages

Join us for a conversation with six designers, policymakers and artists who are re-imagining Chicago’s alleys and garages as vibrant civic spaces. This program coincides with the release of a new book, "Rebel Garages,” by the CAC and Future Firm.

Price
$15 public, $12 CAC members
Date
February 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$15 public, $12 CAC members
Date
February 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Engineering Fest

Come celebrate the 125th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition at the CAC’s annual Engineering Fest! Learn about building materials, build a Ferris Wheel, talk with experts and take mini tours of the CAC. Kids of all ages welcome!

Price
Free
Date
February 23, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free
Date
February 23, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Chicago’s Most Endangered Buildings of 2019

What are Chicago's most endangered buildings? Find out at the unveiling of Preservation Chicago's 17th annual "Chicago 7" list. The list identifies architecturally significant structures that preservationists hope to save from the wrecking ball.

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

Architect Talk: An evening with Stanley Tigerman

Join us for an evening with with legendary Chicago architect and activist Stanley Tigerman as he reflects on his career and his impact on Chicago and architecture and design.

Price
$35 public, $25 CAC members
Date
February 28, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$35 public, $25 CAC members
Date
February 28, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Members Only: Architecture Essentials - May 14

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 to CAF members with RSVP
Date
May 14, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free to CAF members with RSVP
Date
May 14, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Read and Build: Bungalows

What makes your house a home? Together we'll explore the CAC's Chicago Gallery to learn about different types of homes, then make a mini-diorama. Drop in any time for multiple readings of “Home” by Carson Ellis.

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
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.