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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

Louis Sullivan and His “Jewel Box” Banks

During the latter part of his career, Louis Sullivan designed eight “Jewel Box” banks, known for their modern facades and their lavishly ornamented interiors resembling jewel boxes. Join us for a midwestern virtual tour of these architectural masterpieces…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
September 28, 2022
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
September 28, 2022
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Open House Chicago 2022 Preview

Join us for a sneak peek of Open House Chicago as we gear up for the free annual festival's return on October 15-16. Hear about what’s new and exciting in this 12th year of the event.

Price
FREE
Date
September 29, 2022
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE
Date
September 29, 2022
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Insider Guide to OHC

Open House Chicago is back October 15-16 this year, and it's time to start planning! Join us to learn about valuable tips and tricks for maximizing your OHC experience.

Price
FREE
Date
October 11, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE
Date
October 11, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Chicago on the Silver Screen: Running Scared

The Chicago Architecture Center teams up with Cinema Chatham in Chatham for a special screening of Running Scared.

Price
$15 public, $13 CAC members
Date
October 9, 2022
Time
4:30 pm
Meet
Cinema Chatham

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Price
$15 public, $13 CAC members
Date
October 9, 2022
Time
4:30 pm
Meet
Cinema Chatham

Chicago on the Silver Screen: North by Northwest

The Chicago Architecture Center teams up with Music Box Theatre in Lakeview for a special screening of North by Northwest.

Price
$15 public, $13 CAC members
Date
November 6, 2022
Time
4:30 pm
Meet
Music Box Theatre

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Price
$15 public, $13 CAC members
Date
November 6, 2022
Time
4:30 pm
Meet
Music Box Theatre

Book Talk: The Architecture of Suspense

Alfred Hitchcock created cinematic sets that deeply impact our experience of his suspenseful films. As Christine Madrid French reveals in her new book, Hitchcock imbued his work with a keen sense of place and architectural style.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAC Members
Date
November 7, 2022
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Hybrid: In Person & Zoom

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAC Members
Date
November 7, 2022
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Hybrid: In Person & Zoom

Book Launch: Who Is The City For? by Blair Kamin and Lee Bey

Join Blair Kamin and Lee Bey for the launch of their new book, Who Is The City For?. A vividly illustrated collection of Kamin’s clear-headed, forceful Chicago Tribune columns, the book paints a revealing portrait of Chicago in all its complexities…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAC Members
Date
November 10, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Hybrid: In Person & Zoom

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAC Members
Date
November 10, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Hybrid: In Person & Zoom

In Defense of Peterson's Midcentury Modern District

Join us for a virtual tour of the Peterson Avenue Midcentury Modern District. Preservation Chicago selected the district as one of its 7 Most Endangered Sites in 2022. It is one of the finest collections of Midcentury Modern architecture in Chicago…

Price
FREE
Date
October 20, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE
Date
October 20, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Past, Present and Future of Olmsted Landscapes in Chicago

In 2022, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted’s birth. To Celebrate, the Hyde Park Historical Society and the Washington Park Camera Club present this virtual program exploring the impact of his landscapes in Chicago.

Price
FREE
Date
October 25, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE
Date
October 25, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Inside the Architect's Studio

This lively panel discussion features local architects sharing the origin stories and unique physical traits of their firms’ studio spaces, with insight into how the buildings in which architects work may (or may not) inform their practices.

Price
FREE
Date
October 18, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
FREE
Date
October 18, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)