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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

Read and Build: Transportation

Roads and railways connect our schools, homes and towns. Be an urban planner and decide where things go in a city we'll build together! Join us for readings of “Katy and the Big Snow” by Virginia Lee Burton.

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.

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.

Family Build: Transportation

Join us to explore how transportation connects our schools, homes and towns. Through hands-on activities, learn about roads and railways, and how urban planners decide where things go!

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.

Teen Open Studio - Jan. 24

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
January 24, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
January 24, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 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.

Girls Build!: Adaptive Architecture

How do you take something old and make it new again? In this course, students will creatively examine how to repurpose an old structure. Students will visit a building and think outside the box by redesigning the structure for a new and different use…

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 27, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 27, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 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.

Teen Open Studio - Jan. 31

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
January 31, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
January 31, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Educator Open House 2019

Are you a K-12 educator interested in using CAC resources to help your students explore why design matters? Come learn about exciting offerings and programs for you and your students, both at CAC and in classrooms.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 6, 2019
Time
4:30 pm
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 6, 2019
Time
4:30 pm
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 7

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
February 7, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 7, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 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.

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 21

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
February 21, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 21, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Engineering Fest

On Feb. 23 and 24, drop by anytime between 9:30am—5pm to build and learn, view two floors of exhibits, meet engineers and celebrate the 125th anniversary of the World’s Fair at the CAC’s annual two-day Engineering Fest—bigger and better than ever…

Price
$6 public, Free for CAC members
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$6 public, Free for CAC members
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.