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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

One-Day Camp: Science of Architecture

This special one-day camp for students ages 7-10 is a fun way to spend a day off school! Take part in interactive, STEM-based activities that explore structural elements and the science behind buildings. The camp also includes a walking tour.

Price
$85 public, $70 CAC members
Date
February 18, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$85 public, $70 CAC members
Date
February 18, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Reimagining Chicago's Alleys and Garages

Join us for a conversation with six designers, policymakers and artists who are re-imagining Chicago’s alleys and garages as vibrant civic spaces. This program coincides with the release of a new book, "Rebel Garages,” by the CAC and Future Firm.

Price
$15 public, $12 CAC members
Date
February 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Learn More Sold Out

Price
$15 public, $12 CAC members
Date
February 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 21

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.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 21, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 21, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Leaning Out and Looking Back with Les Robertson

In celebration of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s 50th anniversary and in association with its historic 10th World Congress, the CTBUH is pleased to be hosting the Chicago premiere of the documentary "Leaning Out."

Price
$25 public, $15 CAC & CTBUH members
Date
February 21, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$25 public, $15 CAC & CTBUH members
Date
February 21, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Engineering Fest

On Feb. 23 and 24, drop by anytime between 9:30am—5pm to build and learn, view two floors of exhibits, meet engineers and celebrate the 125th anniversary of the World’s Fair at the CAC’s annual two-day Engineering Fest—bigger and better than ever…

Price
$6 public, Free for CAC members
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$6 public, Free for CAC members
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Chicago’s Most Endangered Buildings of 2019

What are Chicago's most endangered buildings? Find out at the unveiling of Preservation Chicago's 17th annual "Chicago 7" list. The list identifies architecturally significant structures that preservationists hope to save from the wrecking ball.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
February 27, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Learn More Sold Out

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
February 27, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 28

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.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 28, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 28, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Architect Talk: An evening with Stanley Tigerman

Join us for an evening with with legendary Chicago architect and activist Stanley Tigerman as he reflects on his career and his impact on Chicago and architecture and design.

Price
$35 public, $25 CAC members
Date
February 28, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$35 public, $25 CAC members
Date
February 28, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Mar. 7

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.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 7, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 7, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members' Night

On March 13, 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
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$15 CAC members
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Mar. 14

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.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 14, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 14, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Pecha Kucha Chicago

Imagine this: 20 PowerPoint slides, shown for only 20 seconds each. The slides advance automatically—so presenters have to keep up! Come hear 400-second stories about design and architecture at this fun and informal event with creative professionals…

Price
$15 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC members
Date
March 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$15 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC members
Date
March 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: The Man in the Glass House

With his famous Glass House design, Philip Johnson set the stage for his long and controversial career. Hear Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster discuss “The Man in the Glass House,” his new biography on this fascinating architect…

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
March 27, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
March 27, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Mar. 28

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.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 28, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Learn More Register

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 28, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Architecture Center Designing Futures Gala

Save the date for the Chicago Architecture Center Designing Futures Gala on Thursday, April 4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago! Funds raised that evening will support the expansion of our award-winning education programs in our brand new Chicago Architecture…

Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 4, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 4, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr.