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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

Mobile Architecture Lab

Ready to take the Chicago Architecture Center to the next level?! Visit our Mobile Architecture Lab on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 3pm to interact with the CAC exhibits in new and exciting ways. The lab features fun, hands-on activities…

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Free with CAC admission
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Free with CAC admission
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Riverwalk Talks

Join us on the Riverwalk as we discuss “The River and Its Architecture – Work, Play and Live”. Learn about the River’s past and plans for the future, the Riverwalk design and why this new playscape is an exciting addition to Chicago.

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Free
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Vietnam Memorial between State and Wabash

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Free
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Vietnam Memorial between State and Wabash

Daytime Talk: Architecture's Role in the History of Photography

Longtime CAC docent Patrick Pyszka will share insights on the interesting intersection of architecture and photography and explain how he sees this tradition continuing today in his job as principal photographer for the City of Chicago.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
August 28, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
August 28, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only - Chicago 1969: The Year That Changed Everything (encore lecture)

Take a step back in time to 1969: gas is 35 cents per gallon, the “Chicago Seven” are on trial, the John Hancock Center tops off and architect Mies van der Rohe dies. We’ll review where Chicago was 50 years ago, both architecturally and culturally…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 3, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 3, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only: The Legacy of Public Art in Chicago

Coinciding with the start of EXPO Chicago, CAC Docent Ed McDevitt will give a special talk on the importance of public art for the city's civic realm. Revisit popular works in the Loop and learn about some lesser-known projects.

Price
Free for CAC members
Date
September 10, 2019
Time
10:00 am
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free for CAC members
Date
September 10, 2019
Time
10:00 am
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

In Their Own Words: Building the John Hancock

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the John Hancock Center’s (now 875 North Michigan) completion, designers who conceived of and worked on the project will give first-hand accounts of Chicago’s 1960s tall buildings boom.

Price
$15 CAC and CTBUH members, $20 public (includes CAC admission)
Date
September 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$15 CAC and CTBUH members, $20 public (includes CAC admission)
Date
September 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Reinterpreting Garfield Park's Landscape

Hear from two Danish artists about their Chicago Architecture Biennial project, which reimagines the Garfield Park Conservatory landscape with a field of 10,000 cabbages and an outdoor kitchen, designed to be a local community gathering spot.

Price
Free with registration*
Date
September 20, 2019
Time
12:30 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration*
Date
September 20, 2019
Time
12:30 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Open House Chicago Preview

Join us for a special sneak peek of Open House Chicago (OHC), our free, annual architecture festival taking place Oct. 19-20 at more than 250 sites across the city. Hear what’s new and exciting in this ninth year of the event.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
September 25, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
September 25, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Sep. 26

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 when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
September 26, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
September 26, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Biennial Teacher Training - Sept. 28

Bring the Chicago Architecture Biennial into your classroom this fall! Teachers are invited to attend a free training from 9am to noon to learn more about the Biennial’s themes and how it can support teaching and learning.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 28, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 28, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Girls Build! Urban Architecture

This program is now full and online registration is closed. If you have any questions, please email education@architecture.org.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
September 29, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free upon application review*
Date
September 29, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Biennial Teacher Training - Oct. 1

Bring the Chicago Architecture Biennial into your classroom this fall! Teachers are invited to attend a free training from 4:30—7:30pm to learn more about the Biennial’s themes and how it can support teaching and learning.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 1, 2019
Time
4:30 pm
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Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 1, 2019
Time
4:30 pm
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Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Current Projects: Saving Old Cook County Hospital

Get an exclusive look at the Old Cook County Hospital redevelopment project and learn how successful collaboration between local government leaders, developers, designers and preservationists saved this historic structure.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC & Landmarks Illinois members
Date
October 1, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC & Landmarks Illinois members
Date
October 1, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 3

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 when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
October 3, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
October 3, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Celebrating 30 years of Brininstool + Lynch Design

For 30 years, Chicago-based architecture firm Brininstool + Lynch has designed elegant, contemporary homes and civic spaces. Join partners David Brininstool and Brad Lynch as they discuss the projects featured in their new book, “Making Architecture…

Price
Free with registration*
Date
October 7, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration*
Date
October 7, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.