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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

Toward a Greener and More Resilient Chicago

Sustainability is more than solar panels and green roofs. Join us as we highlight a range of green building and sustainability initiatives taking place all across Chicago.

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
July 28, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
July 28, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Book Talk: “Between the Leaves: On Housing” with Canopy & Friends

Join us as we celebrate the release of Canopy Architecture + Design’s new publication, Between the Leaves: On Housing, exploring the major challenges in creating affordable housing and what we can do to support initiatives in our communities.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAC Members, FREE for students
Date
August 4, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAC Members, FREE for students
Date
August 4, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Field Museum: 100 Years on Museum Campus

Join experts from the Field Museum, Chicago Architecture Center and Chicago History Museum as they share stories of Museum Campus over the past 100 years.

Price
$90 public, includes Basic CAC membership, FREE for CAC members
Date
August 11, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$90 public, includes Basic CAC membership, FREE for CAC members
Date
August 11, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

At the Edge of the Bungalow Belt

In the early 1900s, Chicago’s “bungalow belt” took shape across the outer-ring neighborhoods. After WWII, at the belt’s far edge, this distinctive housing type often morphed into new hybrid forms. Join us as we explore variations of a classic…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
August 25, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
August 25, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

CAC Story Time

Join us for a unique story time at the inspiring Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, as we learn about the impact of women in architecture. Let your child’s imagination come to life as we read The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha…

Price
$5 kids (non-members), FREE Adults, FREE members
Date
August 28, 2021
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Women's Park and Gardens, 1801 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

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Price
$5 kids (non-members), FREE Adults, FREE members
Date
August 28, 2021
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Women's Park and Gardens, 1801 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Book Talk: “Chicago: An Illustrated Timeline”

Every city has its foundational stories. In this talk, CAC Program Director Hallie Rosen discusses Chicago: An Illustrated Timeline with author and CAC docent Ellen Shubart, which chronicles the city’s growth from trading post to global metropolis.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, $8 students
Date
September 8, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, $8 students
Date
September 8, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Together Again Gala 2021

Please join us for a spectacular evening of celebration at the Old Post Office on the nation’s largest urban private rooftop.

Date
September 14, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
The Old Post Office Rooftop, 433 W Van Buren St

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Date
September 14, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
The Old Post Office Rooftop, 433 W Van Buren St

Tales of the Night Chicago Burned

Join us for a live onstage performance by master storyteller Scott Whitehair. In this original work, Whitehair will weave together personal narratives of triumph and hardship experienced by those who survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Price
Public: $25 in-person, $17 virtual, Members: $17 in-person, $7 virtual, Students: $10 in-person, FREE virtual
Meet
VenueSix10, 610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

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Price
Public: $25 in-person, $17 virtual, Members: $17 in-person, $7 virtual, Students: $10 in-person, FREE virtual
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VenueSix10, 610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

How the Great Fire Changed Chicago

The conflagration that tore through Chicago in October 1871 is often credited with rewriting our city’s history. Like most everything from that era, the Great Fire’s aftermath was an opportunity for those on the make. But was it really so clear-cut?

Price
$25 public, $17 for members, FREE for students
Date
October 7, 2021
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$25 public, $17 for members, FREE for students
Date
October 7, 2021
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)