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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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Free with CAC admisson
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Chicago Architecture Center, 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.

Newhouse Workshop: Planning and Modeling

If you’re working on the “Architecture + Planning” or “Architectural Modeling” Newhouse Competition challenges, this free workshop is for you. Come gain valuable insights from CAC staff and get help getting started on your project. This workshop…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 29, 2020
Time
10:00 am

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 29, 2020
Time
10:00 am

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 home at this two-part class on March 3 and 10, facilitated by architectural historian and planner Matt Wicklund…

Price
$40 public (includes CAC admission), $25 for CAC members
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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
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Newhouse Workshop: Open Design and Engineering

If you’re working on the “Open Design + Build” or “Architecture + Engineering” Newhouse Competition challenges, this free workshop is for you. Come gain valuable insights from CAC staff and get help getting started on your project. This workshop…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 7, 2020
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 7, 2020
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

LEGO® BUILD: NBC Tower

Take a walk outside to observe NBC Tower, an iconic Postmodern building across the river from the CAC. Discover how Art Deco inspired the design, then create your own version of the office building.

Price
$20 Public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
March 15, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 Public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
March 15, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Member Night

On March 18, enjoy the CAC after-hours at this special members-only celebration. Mingle with fellow architecture enthusiasts, enjoy light snacks and beverages, take a mini-tour through the CAC and hear about Chicago’s newest architecture developments…

Price
$15 CAC members, $95 public (includes membership)
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E.Wacker Dr.

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Price
$15 CAC members, $95 public (includes membership)
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E.Wacker Dr.

Newhouse Workshop: Fine Arts and Graphic Design

If you’re working on the “Fine Arts” or “Graphic Design” Newhouse Competition challenges, this free workshop is for you. Come gain valuable insights from CAC staff and get help getting started on your project. This workshop is from 10am - 2pm…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 21, 2020
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 21, 2020
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Utopia in American History

How has the quest for Utopia shaped American cities? Join urban planner and professor Alex Krieger as he explores the dreams and ideals that have long influenced our urban settlements, as told in his new book, “City on a Hill.”

Date
March 25, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E.Wacker Dr.

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Date
March 25, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E.Wacker Dr.

Teen Saturday Studio: Interior Design with OKW Architects

Are you constantly re-arranging your bedroom? Perhaps you’re a future interior designer! Learn what it takes to become one, from selecting furniture and fabrics to creating room layouts. Then work with professionals to design your future dorm room.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 28, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 28, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Retrofitting the Suburbs

How do we retrofit suburbs to be livable, sustainable, and economically viable places in the long run? Join this illuminating discussion with an urban planner, a developer and a designer on the front lines of reshaping Chicago’s suburbs.

Price
$20 (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
March 31, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
March 31, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 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
Scholarship based on application*
Date
April 6, 2020
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Scholarship based on application*
Date
April 6, 2020
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Architecture’s “-isms”

Learn about the formation and influence of two “isms”—Modernism and Postmodernism—in American architecture and explore ideas of new “isms” yet to come at this annual three-part lecture series inspired by legendary Yale professor Vincent Scully…

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

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

LEGO® BUILD: Marina City

Take a mini tour through the CAC’s Drake Family Skyscraper Gallery to learn about Marina City, the iconic “corncob” towers on the river. Discover what it means when a building is mixed-use, then create your own “city within a city” using LEGO®…

Price
Free for CAC members, $20 public (includes CAC admission)
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free for CAC members, $20 public (includes CAC admission)
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 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 table and sponsorships
Date
April 23, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$500 individual ticket, $5,000 and up for table and sponsorships
Date
April 23, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Dr.