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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 on the second Saturday of every month…

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

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

Reinterpreting Garfield Park's Landscape

Hear from two Danish artists about their Chicago Architecture Biennial project, which reimagines the Garfield Park Conservatory landscape with a field of 10,000 cabbages and an outdoor kitchen, designed to be a local community gathering spot.

Price
Free with registration*
Date
September 20, 2019
Time
12:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration*
Date
September 20, 2019
Time
12:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Spatializing Memory: The Gun Violence Memorial Project

Architecture is not neutral; it hurts or it heals. Hear about projects by Boston-based MASS Design Group that use architecture to draw attention to difficult issues like gun violence, the topic of the firm's major installation at the 2019 Chicago Architecture…

Price
$15 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC members
Date
September 21, 2019
Time
1:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$15 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC members
Date
September 21, 2019
Time
1:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Open House Chicago Preview

Join us for a special sneak peek of Open House Chicago (OHC), our free, annual architecture festival taking place Oct. 19-20 at more than 250 sites across the city. Hear what’s new and exciting in this ninth year of the event.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
September 25, 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
September 25, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Sep. 26

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 when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
September 26, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
September 26, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Biennial Teacher Training - Sept. 28

Bring the Chicago Architecture Biennial into your classroom this fall! Teachers are invited to attend a free training from 9am to noon to learn more about the Biennial’s themes and how it can support teaching and learning.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 28, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 28, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Girls Build! Urban Architecture

This program is now full and online registration is closed. If you have any questions, please email education@architecture.org.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
September 29, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free upon application review*
Date
September 29, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Biennial Teacher Training - Oct. 1

Bring the Chicago Architecture Biennial into your classroom this fall! Teachers are invited to attend a free training from 4:30-7:30pm to learn more about the Biennial’s themes and how it can support teaching and learning.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 1, 2019
Time
4:30 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 1, 2019
Time
4:30 pm
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Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Current Projects: Saving Old Cook County Hospital

Get an exclusive look at the Old Cook County Hospital redevelopment project and learn how successful collaboration between local government leaders, developers, designers and preservationists saved this historic structure.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC & Landmarks Illinois members
Date
October 1, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC & Landmarks Illinois members
Date
October 1, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 3

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 when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
October 3, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
October 3, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Architecture Biennial Family Festival - October 2019

Join us at our Biennial Family Festival from noon to 4pm! We invite families with children ages 5-12 to come learn about architecture and design through hands-on activities.

Price
Free
Date
October 5, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
October 5, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Celebrating 30 years of Brininstool + Lynch Design

For 30 years, Chicago-based architecture firm Brininstool + Lynch has designed elegant, contemporary homes and civic spaces. Join partners David Brininstool and Brad Lynch as they discuss the projects featured in their new book, “Making Architecture…

Price
Free with registration*
Date
October 7, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration*
Date
October 7, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

CAC Educator Reception

Our annual educator reception is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with everything the CAC can offer your students. Explore our exhibits, talk with education staff and enter for a chance to win door prizes, including field trip vouchers!

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 10, 2019
Time
4:30 pm
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 10, 2019
Time
4:30 pm
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 10

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 when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
October 10, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
October 10, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 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*
Date
October 11, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free for CAC members*
Date
October 11, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.