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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

Members Only: Open House Chicago Preview 2021

CAC members are invited to attend this special sneak preview of the OHC 2021 mobile app, trails and virtual programs. This is the perfect time to ask questions and get recommendations to maximize your OHC 2021 experience!

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Date
September 28, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Date
September 28, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Open House Chicago 2021 Preview

Get a special sneak preview of the OHC 2021 mobile app, trails, sites and virtual programs. This is your chance to ask questions and get recommendations to maximize your OHC 2021 experience!

Price
FREE
Date
September 29, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE
Date
September 29, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Revisiting Learning from North Lawndale

The 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial traces its roots back to a groundbreaking 2006 CAC (then Chicago Architecture Foundation) exhibit, Learning from North Lawndale: Past, Present and Future. Revisit the making of the exhibit and explore the richness…

Price
FREE
Date
October 5, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE
Date
October 5, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

How the Great Fire Changed Chicago

The conflagration that tore through Chicago in October 1871 is often credited with rewriting our city’s history. Like most everything from that era, the Great Fire’s aftermath was an opportunity for those on the make. But was it really so clear-cut?

Price
$25 public, $17 for members, FREE for students
Date
October 7, 2021
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$25 public, $17 for members, FREE for students
Date
October 7, 2021
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

The Olmsted Legacy in Chicago

In 2022 we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted’s birth. Join historian Julia Bachrach as she illuminates Olmsted’s significant contributions to Chicago’s South Side parks. This program is part of Open House Chicago 2021…

Price
FREE
Date
October 13, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE
Date
October 13, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

In Case You Missed It: New Buildings from our Pandemic Year

While COVID-19 has driven us indoors and online, Chicago architects have still been bringing their visions to life around town. In this special edition of our Current Projects series, we spotlight exciting new works from the past year. This program is…

Price
FREE
Date
October 19, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE
Date
October 19, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Celebrating Design Excellence in Chicago's Neighborhoods

Join us as we celebrate 25 years of the Driehaus Foundation Award, which encourages quality design in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Our panel discussion will explore the impact of the award and the unique and inspiring partnerships it has fostered. This…

Price
FREE
Date
October 20, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE
Date
October 20, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in the Face of Urban Change

Join us in a conversation with representatives of the Bronzeville Historical Society, Chinese American Museum of Chicago and the National Hellenic Museum on safeguarding cultural heritage in the face of urban change. This program is part of Open House…

Price
FREE
Date
October 26, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE
Date
October 26, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Songs About Buildings and Moods

Open House Chicago 2021 community partner Access Contemporary Music hosts a panel discussion that explores the intersection of music and architecture. This program is part of Open House Chicago 2021

Price
FREE
Date
October 28, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE
Date
October 28, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Tales of the Night Chicago Burned

Join us for a live onstage performance by master storyteller Scott Whitehair. In this original work, Whitehair will weave together personal narratives of triumph and hardship experienced by those who survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Price
Public: $25 in-person, $17 virtual, Members: $17 in-person, $7 virtual, Students: $10 in-person, FREE virtual
Meet
VenueSix10, 610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

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Price
Public: $25 in-person, $17 virtual, Members: $17 in-person, $7 virtual, Students: $10 in-person, FREE virtual
Meet
VenueSix10, 610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL