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Currently, the CAC Box Office, Design Store and exhibit galleries are open Thursday-Monday from 10am–5pm. 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

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

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)

Chicago’s Architectural Palette of Clay and Stone

Terra cotta, brick and stone masonry have been fundamental building materials since the Neolithic age. Join us as we explore how these materials make Chicago’s architecture, even as they are often taken for granted.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
June 23, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
June 23, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Art in the Design Studio

Add a splash of color to your child’s day when they spend an hour in our Design Studio creating a masterpiece using color, shapes, and materials.

Price
$15 for non-member children and adults (includes Center admission), FREE for member children and adults
Date
July 10, 2021
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$15 for non-member children and adults (includes Center admission), FREE for member children and adults
Date
July 10, 2021
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Virtual Tour: Go Inside Studio Gang’s Solstice on the Park

Don’t miss this up-close investigation of Studio Gang’s exciting new project, Solstice on the Park. Learn how the building carries forward a tradition of architectural innovation in Hyde Park, and see what life is like inside its unique apartments…

Price
$15 public, $7 for members, FREE for students
Date
July 14, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$15 public, $7 for members, FREE for students
Date
July 14, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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)

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, 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, 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

Mark your calendar to join us in reconnecting and celebrating with the CAC community atop the largest urban rooftop in Chicago.

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
Meet
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)