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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

Teen Open Studio - Sept. 20

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
September 20, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 20, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Girls Build! Fall 2018

This 8-week class invites girls ages 11-14 to understand architecture through the work of Chicago's historic women designers. We'll go on site visits in the city, research iconic figures and develop visual literacy and architecture design skills.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
September 23, 2018
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free upon application review*
Date
September 23, 2018
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Open House Chicago Preview

Join CAC for a sneak peek of Open House Chicago (OHC), our free, annual architecture festival taking place Oct. 13-14. Hear about what’s new and exciting in this eighth year of the event.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
September 26, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
September 26, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Sept. 27

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
September 27, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 27, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Design Dialogues: The Obama Presidential Center

Don't miss this in-depth review of the latest plans for the Obama Presidential Center. Lead architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien will detail their work on this momentous project on Chicago's South Side. Space is limited.

Price
$35 public, $25 CAF members
Date
September 27, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$35 public, $25 CAF members
Date
September 27, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

CAC Educator Reception

Join us for this special educator reception at the brand-new Chicago Architecture Center. Explore our new exhibit galleries and see the expanded Chicago City Model.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 4, 2018
Time
4:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 4, 2018
Time
4:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 4

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
October 4, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 4, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Architect Talk: The Humanistic Designs of Annabelle Selldorf

In this exclusive talk, New York-based architect Annabelle Selldorf will share common threads across her firm’s influential work, with a focus on museum and residential designs that utilize adaptive reuse or take cues from their historical surroundings…

Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members
Date
October 9, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members
Date
October 9, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 11

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
October 11, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 11, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival on October 13 and 14, 2018, that offers behind-the-scenes access to over 250 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s…

Price
Free
Meet
More than 250 sites across the city

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Price
Free
Meet
More than 250 sites across the city

Open House Chicago Family Festival

Drop-in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio from 10am to 4pm with your family during OHC weekend to learn about iconic structures, design your own skyscraper using mixed media materials and piick up an OHC activity guide and map of nearby family-friendly…

Price
Free
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 18

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
October 18, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 18, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Residential Architecture: From Mansions to Modernism

Many of Chicago's most luxurious residential buildings are located along the lakefront. Historian Julia Bachrach will illuminate the fascinating story of Chicago's residential lakefront architecture from the 1870s through the 1970s in four two-hour classes…

Price
$140 public, $115 CAC members
Date
October 23, 2018
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$140 public, $115 CAC members
Date
October 23, 2018
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 25

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
October 25, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 25, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Women of the 1893 World's Fair

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, CAC docent Kathleen Carpenter will share the stories of several women who played significant roles in making the Fair a spectacularly grand affair.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
October 31, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
October 31, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.