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Online programs and virtual tours continue while CAC tours are currently suspended and the Center is closed, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Illinois.

At the 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 the CAC. 

Recommended Programs

CAC Live: Hindsight 2020: Chicago Design and Development in a Turbulent Year

Don’t miss this special year-in-review program with CAC President and CEO Lynn Osmond. Hear how local architects, planners and developers pushed ahead with key projects and initiatives during a most challenging 2020.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
January 21, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
January 21, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Virtual City Walks: International Edition

Travel abroad—no passport required—January 23 to February 27, 2021, through six programs produced in partnership by the Association of Architecture Organizations and AAO members in Boston, Chicago, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, New York City and Prague…

Price
$60 public, $48 for CAC members
Date
January 23, 2021
Time
11:00 am
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$60 public, $48 for CAC members
Date
January 23, 2021
Time
11:00 am
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

CAC Live: Tiffany in Chicago

Chicago has one of the largest collections of Tiffany glass in the country. Join CAC docent Susan Jacobson for a virtual program that examines some the most magnificent art-glass and mosaic installations in the city crafted by Tiffany.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
January 27, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
January 27, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

CAC Live: Virtual Walking Tour: East Hyde Park

Chicago is well-known as “the city of neighborhoods.” Join CAC docents Maria Corpuz and John Hug on a virtual stroll through their South Side neighborhood, East Hyde Park, an area filled with architectural treasures old and new.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
February 10, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
February 10, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

CAC Live: Architect Talk: 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates Grafton Architects

Don’t miss this lecture from 2020 Pritzker Prize laureates Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects, co-presented with the Irish Consulate General in Chicago. Founded in 1978, Grafton lays claim to noteworthy buildings worldwide.

Price
$20 public, $15 for CAC members, $10 for students
Date
February 18, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$20 public, $15 for CAC members, $10 for students
Date
February 18, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

CAC Live: Chicago's Most Endangered Buildings 2021

What buildings in Chicago are most endangered this year? Find out at the unveiling of the 19th annual “Chicago 7,” a list from Preservation Chicago that identifies significant structures preservationists hope to protect from the wrecking ball.

Price
FREE for public, FREE for CAC Members, FREE for students
Date
February 24, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE for public, FREE for CAC Members, FREE for students
Date
February 24, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

CAC Live: Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago and the Civil War

Rosehill Cemetery is the final resting place of many individuals involved in the Civil War including political leaders, newspaper editors who shaped public opinion and officers who led brigades.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
March 10, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
March 10, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

CAC Live: Design Dialogues: Healthy Buildings and the Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic puts health and safety in our workplaces to the test. Improved ventilation and sanitation have taken on special urgency among the many performance aspects of building design. Join us for a look at healthy buildings today.

Price
$12 public, $8 for CAC members
Date
March 16, 2021
Time
8:30 am
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$12 public, $8 for CAC members
Date
March 16, 2021
Time
8:30 am
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

CAC Live: Chicago’s Moveable Bridges

Chicago is home to more moveable bridges than any other city in the country, keeping all sides of the city connected despite waterways that cut across them. Explore how these marvels of engineering helped shape the Chicago we know today.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
March 24, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
March 24, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)