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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

CAC Live: Chicago's Downtown Theatre District

On June 3 or June 13, learn about the architecture, history and famous people that have made Chicago’s Downtown Theatre District a global destination for entertainment, from the mid−19th century to today.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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Zoom

CAC Live: The Future of the Hospital

Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • Rush University Medical Center is uniquely suited to contain infectious diseases and respond to surges that occur during public health crises. What lessons does it offer for architects of future hospitals?

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
June 5, 2020
Time
8:30 am
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
June 5, 2020
Time
8:30 am
Meet
Zoom

CAC Live: Graceland Cemetery

Join CAC docent Dick Clark on June 6 or June 17 as he shares fascinating stories about Chicago’s beautiful and serene Graceland Cemetery—from the lives of the people laid to rest there to a large variety of interesting monuments.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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Zoom

CAC Live: Virtual Workshop on Returning to the Office

Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • Going beyond the typical lecture or panel, this workshop lays out clear-cut steps for preparing your office for a returning workforce under social distancing guidelines.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
June 10, 2020
Time
8:30 am
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
June 10, 2020
Time
8:30 am
Meet
Zoom

CAC Live: What House Museums Tell Us

Join museum expert and CAC Education Facilitator Paul Neumann as he looks at a broad array of house museums across the U.S., including Pabst Mansion, Glass House and Hearst Castle, along with Chicago’s Glessner House and Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
June 15, 2020
Time
2:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
June 15, 2020
Time
2:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

CAC Live: The Future of Urban Density

Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • What challenges, both present and ongoing, is the COVID-19 pandemic putting on multi-family and mixed-use sites that are hallmarks of urban density? Three esteemed panelists will share their perspectives…

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
June 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
June 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

Architecture Camp 1.0

Ready to think like an architect? Join us June 29-July 3 or July 6-10 for a virtual camp to learn architecture basics. Campers ages 8-10 will be introduced to sketching and model building through guided lessons, activities and virtual walking tours.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
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Zoom

Architecture Camp 2.0

How do you take something old and make it new again? Campers ages 11-14 will use iconic Chicago buildings as case studies at this virtual camp June 29-July 3 to reimagine an existing building or empty space in their neighborhood for a new purpose.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
June 29, 2020
Time
10:15 am
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
June 29, 2020
Time
10:15 am
Meet
Zoom

Parks and Playgrounds Camp

Redesign a green space at this virtual camp July 6-10 for ages 11-14. Through guided lessons, hands-on activities and explorations of their neighborhoods, campers will learn about landscape architecture and the importance of parks and public spaces.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 6, 2020
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 6, 2020
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Zoom

Design Your Neighborhood Camp 1.0

Explore what makes Chicago’s neighborhoods unique and reimagine a corner of your own neighborhood at this virtual camp July 20-24 for ages 8-10. Learn introductory model making, sketching and observational skills.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 20, 2020
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 20, 2020
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Zoom

Design Your Neighborhood Camp 2.0

Discover the Chicago history and collaborate with fellow campers to design and build an ideal neighborhood in this online urban planning camp July 20-24. Campers ages 11-14 will go on virtual tours and talk with experts about their design decisions.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 20, 2020
Time
10:15 am
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 20, 2020
Time
10:15 am
Meet
Zoom

Architect Talk: The Boundary-Breaking Designs of Jeanne Gang

Don’t miss this signature lecture with internationally renowned architect Jeanne Gang, founding principal of Studio Gang. In more than 20 years of practice, she has challenged the presumed limitations on architects in order to create stunning places…

Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $18 CAC members
Date
November 2, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $18 CAC members
Date
November 2, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave.