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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

Mobile Architecture Lab

Ready to take the Chicago Architecture Center to the next level?! Visit our Mobile Architecture Lab on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 3pm to interact with the CAC exhibits in new and exciting ways. The lab features fun, hands-on activities…

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

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

Chicago Riverwalk Talks

Join us on the Riverwalk as we discuss “The River and Its Architecture – Work, Play and Live”. Learn about the River’s past and plans for the future, the Riverwalk design and why this new playscape is an exciting addition to Chicago.

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Free
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Vietnam Memorial between State and Wabash

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Free
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Vietnam Memorial between State and Wabash

LEGO® Build Workshop: Engineering Bridges

Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, but it's also known for its innovative bridges. Learn about the Michigan Avenue bridge, a trunnion bascule that was invented right here in Chicago. Build our own bridge and test its strength!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
July 21, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
July 21, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Design Your Neighborhood Camp

Discover the history of Chicago and collaborate with your fellow campers to design and build an ideal neighborhood during this week-long urban planning camp for ages 11-14. Each camper receives a copy of the graphic novel "No Small Plans."

Price
$480 public, $384 CAC members
Date
July 22, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$480 public, $384 CAC members
Date
July 22, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Geoffrey Baer's Architecture Road Trips

Planning a late-summer getaway? On July 22 CAC docent and WTTW host Geoffrey Baer will share his architecture road trip suggestions during this special event. Learn about rewarding stops in popular destinations and must-see sites in smaller towns.

Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $20 CAC members
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $20 CAC members
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

No Small Plans Professional Development Workshop

This training, on July 24 and 25, will familiarize participating educators with themes and issues within the graphic novel, and explain how they can use the graphic novel to support teaching and learning in the classroom.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
July 24, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
July 24, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

How Bauhaus Took Hold in Chicago

Hear how Chicago inherited German Bauhaus design with a look at the lasting influence of two famed Illinois Institute of Technology professors: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and László Moholy-Nagy.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
July 26, 2019
Time
10:00 am
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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
July 26, 2019
Time
10:00 am
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Girls Build! Summer 2019 Camp

In this week-long camp, you'll collaborate with other girls ages 11-14, develop leadership skills, meet female architects and learn about design thinking, engineering, architecture and digital design.

Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
Date
July 29, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
Date
July 29, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Pirates on the River

Argh you ready for a fun night on the river? Join the CAC Auxiliary Board on their annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting the CAC’s education programs! Guests will enjoy a sunset cruise with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and on-board entertainment…

Price
$150 per ticket
Date
July 30, 2019
Time
7:00 pm
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Aboard Chicago’s Classic Lady, 112 E. Wacker Dr, SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker Dr.

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Price
$150 per ticket
Date
July 30, 2019
Time
7:00 pm
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Aboard Chicago’s Classic Lady, 112 E. Wacker Dr, SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker Dr.

Discovering Bronzeville’s Lost Past at IIT

Last year, an astonishing architectural discovery occurred at the Illinois Institute of Technology—remnants of a World’s Fair-era building were found under Crown Hall. Hear about Bronzeville’s lost past and how IIT is trying to recapture some of…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
July 31, 2019
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
July 31, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Millennium Park Family Fun Tent

Join CAC at Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival from Aug. 5-9. We’ll offer engaging, hands-on activities to inspire families to discover why design matters! Learn about architecture and the city through activities that encourage looking, drawing…

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Free
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Millennium Park Family Fun Tent, Chase Promenade North, 210 E. Randolph St.

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Free
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Millennium Park Family Fun Tent, Chase Promenade North, 210 E. Randolph St.

Read and Build: Science of Architecture

Have you ever wondered how buildings stand tall and strong? Join us to learn about the science of architecture! Drop in any time before 11am to enjoy multiple readings of “Elara STEM Girl” by Leela Ayyar.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
August 7, 2019
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
August 7, 2019
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Behind-the-Scenes: GEMS World Academy Upper School

The second phase of GEMS World Academy welcomes its first students later this year, completing a vertical campus on a unique urban site. Tour the state-of-the-art school wedged between Coast and Vista towers with project leads from bKL Architecture.

Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
August 24, 2019
Time
10:00 am
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GEMS World Academy, 350 E. South Water St.

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Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
August 24, 2019
Time
10:00 am
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GEMS World Academy, 350 E. South Water St.

Daytime Talk: Architecture's Role in the History of Photography

Longtime CAC docent Patrick Pyszka will share insights on the interesting intersection of architecture and photography and explain how he sees this tradition continuing today in his job as principal photographer for the City of Chicago.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
August 28, 2019
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
August 28, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival on October 19 and 20, 2019, that offers behind-the-scenes access to over 250 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s…

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Free
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More than 250 sites across the city

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Free
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More than 250 sites across the city