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Beginning April 17, the CAC Box Office and Design Store are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am–4pm. Stay tuned for more updates.

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: Vincent Scully Masterclass Series: See Like an Architect

Refine your eye for detail in this special series of programs hosted by notable Chicago designers. Held the first Tuesdays in March, April and May, See Like an Architect examines timeless fundamentals in conceiving and communicating architecture.

Price
Series pass $50, CAC members $40, students $30, Individual masterclasses $20, CAC members $15, students $10
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
Series pass $50, CAC members $40, students $30, Individual masterclasses $20, CAC members $15, students $10
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

CAC Live: The Evolution of School Design in Chicago

From historic buildings that escaped the Chicago Fire of 1871 to stunning contemporary designs, explore how Chicago's schools have been adapted for today's needs.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
April 28, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
April 28, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Skyscraper Innovations: The Construction Materials Defining Chicago's Newest Tall Buildings

Twenty-one years in to the new millennium, innovative construction materials are altering Chicago in noticeable ways. CAC docent Kevin Griebenow highlights changes in skyscraper construction and engineering tied to recent material breakthroughs.

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

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

Film Screening & Discussion: “The Shame of Chicago”

Join us for an exclusive screening of Episode 3 of Bruce Orenstein’s new documentary series, The Shame of Chicago, exploring predatory contract home sales in Chicago after World War II. Moderated discussion to follow.

Price
$12 Public, $8 CAC Members, $8 Students
Date
May 13, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Crowdcast Virtual Event (details below)

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Price
$12 Public, $8 CAC Members, $8 Students
Date
May 13, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Crowdcast Virtual Event (details below)

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
May 26, 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
May 26, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

CAC Live: Architect Talk: Lawrence Scarpa with Planning Commissioner Maurice Cox

Brooks + Scarpa founding principal Lawrence Scarpa explores how design excellence can revolutionize housing for communities in need, in conversation with Maurice Cox, Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development.

Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members, $10 students
Date
June 3, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members, $10 students
Date
June 3, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Book Talk: Historian Carl Smith on Chicago’s Great Fire

Intro: 2021 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. Join author Carl Smith as he discusses his new work of nonfiction, Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City.

Price
$12 Public, $8 CAC Members, $8 Students
Date
June 22, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$12 Public, $8 CAC Members, $8 Students
Date
June 22, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)