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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

2019 Year in Review: Chicago Design and Development

Don’t miss this special year-end summary of the biggest design and development trends in Chicago with CAC President and CEO Lynn Osmond. Hear about a wide range of transformative projects underway across the city.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
December 11, 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
December 11, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Dec. 12

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
December 12, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
December 12, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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…

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

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

LEGO® Build Workshop: Animal Habitats

Creatures of all shapes and sizes have homes. Come learn about different types of homes and build a habitat that is just right for your favorite animal with LEGO®!

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

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

Girls Build! Day

Join us for a special STEM festival designed just for girls ages 11-17! Girls will build, learn and network with professionals from more than 15 different STEM organizations. To register, call 312.922.8687.

Price
$8 public (adult chaperones), $6 CAC members (adult chaperones), Free for students ages 11-17
Date
January 11, 2020
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$8 public (adult chaperones), $6 CAC members (adult chaperones), Free for students ages 11-17
Date
January 11, 2020
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 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*
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free for CAC members*
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Book Talk: The South Side's Unsung Architectural Treasures

The rich architecture of Chicago’s South Side has never truly gotten its due—until now. Join photographer, historian and architecture critic Lee Bey for a look at his new book, “Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
January 16, 2020
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
January 16, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Imagine

Take a guided tour through the CAC to explore technological innovations architects and engineers use to keep building higher, then use your imagination to build your own innovative structure with LEGO®!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
January 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
January 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s World Heritage Sites

Hear from preservationists and advocates about what went into researching and applying for the World Heritage status that was recently awarded to eight Frank Lloyd Wright sites across the U.S.—including local icons Robie House and Unity Temple.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
January 23, 2020
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
January 23, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Girls Build!: Interior Design

This six-week scholarship program for girls ages 11-14 will give students a chance to explore the exciting world of interior design, through hands-on projects, interactions with professional designers and behind-the-scenes tours of design firms.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 26, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 26, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Adaptable House: The Next Chicago Bungalow

Learn about Adaptable House, a re-imagining of the classic Chicago bungalow as a flexible home that grows with changing family needs. Meet Greg Tamborino, the architect behind the award-winning design, which won the 2019 Disruptive Design competition…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
January 29, 2020
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
January 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Girls Build!: Architecture Essentials

This class, designed for first-time Girls Build! participants, will help female-identifying students ages 11-14 understand architecture essentials. Together we'll use the design process to create a series of architectural plans and a massing model.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 30, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 30, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Engineering Fest

Learn how cities move and groove during our annual Engineering Fest! Drop by anytime between 10am—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
$6 public (ages 12 and up), Free for CAC members
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$6 public (ages 12 and up), Free for CAC members
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Current Projects: Discover Chicago’s Best Green Buildings

Chicago is a leader in eco-friendly building design, with civic buildings like libraries and academic facilities often setting the highest bar. Hear architects discuss their newest green projects and explore how the private sector can follow suit.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 24, 2020
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 24, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Chicago’s Most Endangered Buildings of 2020

What are Chicago's most endangered buildings? Find out at the unveiling of Preservation Chicago's 18th annual "Chicago 7" list. The list identifies architecturally significant structures that preservationists hope to save from the wrecking ball.

Price
Free for all attendees*
Date
February 26, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free for all attendees*
Date
February 26, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.