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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

Family Build: Bridges

Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, but it's also known for its innovative bridges. We'll learn about three types of bridges and how engineers built them. We'll also build our own bridges and test their strength.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Guest Lecture: Short Cuts: Alternative Infrastructures in Hong Kong and Chicago

During this special guest lecture organized by quarterly urbanism journal MAS Context, architect Jonathan Solomon will explore the roles that underground pedestrian networks play in two very different cities: Hong Kong and Chicago.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 20, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 20, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Docent Application Information Session - Nov. 27

Applications for the docent class of 2019 will open Dec. 4, 2018. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the requirements of becoming a docent. No RSVP is required.

Price
Free, no RSVP required
Date
November 27, 2018
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free, no RSVP required
Date
November 27, 2018
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only: Tour the Willis Tower Transformation

This members-only tour will take you behind-the-scenes of Willis Tower’s ongoing restorative transformation project. See plans for new tenant amenity spaces and hear from key players involved in the project.

Price
$35 CAC members
Date
November 27, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Willis Tower Steel Room, 233 S. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$35 CAC members
Date
November 27, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Willis Tower Steel Room, 233 S. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Building the New Chicago City Model

The newly expanded Chicago City Model Experience features more than 4,000 buildings and interactive elements that help visitors interpret and understand the city. Come learn how the model was made and hear stories about the work behind the upgrades.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
November 28, 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
November 28, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 29

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
November 29, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 29, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Too Big To Fail: Revitalizing Our Iconic Skyscrapers

Many of the most recognizable tall buildings dotting our skylines are more than 50 years old. How do we ensure these icons remain operable, profitable and vital to our cities for years to come? When does it make sense to tear down and build anew?

Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members
Date
November 29, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members
Date
November 29, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Docent Application Information Session - Dec. 3

Applications for the docent class of 2019 will open Dec. 4, 2018. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the requirements of becoming a docent. No RSVP is required.

Price
Free, no RSVP required
Date
December 3, 2018
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free, no RSVP required
Date
December 3, 2018
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Dec. 6

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
December 6, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
December 6, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

The Best (and Worst) of Architecture and Design in 2018

From the birth of a "Me Too" movement in architecture to the death of icon Robert Venturi, it's been a busy year in architecture design. CAC contributor Reed Kroloff will provide a lively and unorthodox review of important events in the field that occurred…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
December 6, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
December 6, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only: Family Gingerbread House Workshop

Bring the whole family to the CAC to build a Chicago-inspired gingerbread house! Get a mini-tour of our Chicago Gallery and learn about iconic Chicago housing types from an expert. This family-friendly workshop is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Price
$85 CAC members (1 ticket is for 4 people)
Date
December 9, 2018
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$85 CAC members (1 ticket is for 4 people)
Date
December 9, 2018
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Design Dialogues: The Changing Face of Downtown Retail

What are signs of change on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile? Hear why new experiments in branded design—like the eye-catching Burberry store and the Starbucks Reserve Roastery—appeal to today’s consumers.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
December 11, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
December 11, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Dec. 13

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
December 13, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
December 13, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Docent Application Information Session - Dec. 15

Applications for the docent class of 2019 will open Dec. 4, 2018. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the requirements of becoming a docent. No RSVP is required.

Price
Free, no RSVP required
Date
December 15, 2018
Time
9:30 am
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free, no RSVP required
Date
December 15, 2018
Time
9:30 am
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only: Architecture Essentials - Jan. 15

Chicago is synonymous with architecture and Chicagoans—especially CAC members—love to share their knowledge of architecture with family and friends. Come learn fun architecture facts you can share again and again at this members-only event.

Price
Free to CAF members with RSVP
Date
January 15, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free to CAF members with RSVP
Date
January 15, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.