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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. 

Teen Saturday Studios 2024

Led by experienced professionals in architecture, design, engineering, and other related fields, Teen Saturday Studios offer a unique opportunity to learn from those in the field and develop valuable skills that can be applied in a range of real-world…

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Free (registration required)
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Harold Washington College 30 E Lake St Chicago, IL 60601

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Harold Washington College 30 E Lake St Chicago, IL 60601

LEGO® & Libations

LEGO aren’t just for kids. Join CAC staff at Right Bee Cider to learn about the Design Process and construct your very own LEGO build with a design challenge.

Price
$25 Public, $20 Member
Date
July 26, 2024
Time
7:00 pm
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Right Bee Cider 1830 N Kostner Ave

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$25 Public, $20 Member
Date
July 26, 2024
Time
7:00 pm
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Right Bee Cider 1830 N Kostner Ave

Skyline Sketching with Ryan Chester

Explore the dynamic world of urban landscapes in our adult drop-in workshop on sketching Chicago’s great skyline.

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Free (registration required)
Date
July 30, 2024
Time
12:00 pm
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr. ArcelorMittal Design Studio

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Free (registration required)
Date
July 30, 2024
Time
12:00 pm
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr. ArcelorMittal Design Studio

The Stories of Ogden Avenue

Travel down Ogden Avenue, named for Chicago’s first mayor, visiting historic neighborhoods, parks and landmark buildings. This talk will highlight Chicago’s early industrial days, the Civil Rights Movement in the city and new developments for housing…

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$15 Public, Free for Members
Date
July 31, 2024
Time
12:00 pm
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Zoom

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$15 Public, Free for Members
Date
July 31, 2024
Time
12:00 pm
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Zoom

Rewilding Chicago’s Waterways

The Wild Mile is one-of-a-kind: a floating eco-park in the heart of the city. Visit this steadily growing wonder on the North Branch of the Chicago River for a conversation, walking tour and optional kayak adventure with co-creators Urban Rivers and Skidmore…

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Free (RSVP required)
Date
August 2, 2024
Time
5:00 pm
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905 W. Eastman Street, Chicago, IL 60642

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Free (RSVP required)
Date
August 2, 2024
Time
5:00 pm
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905 W. Eastman Street, Chicago, IL 60642

Georgia O'Keeffe & Changing Cityscapes: Watercolor Workshop

A watercolor workshop in conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: "My New Yorks"

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$25 Public, $20 Member
Date
August 10, 2024
Time
2:00 pm
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Chicago Architecture Center Gand Lecture Hall

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$25 Public, $20 Member
Date
August 10, 2024
Time
2:00 pm
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Chicago Architecture Center Gand Lecture Hall

Girls Build! Day 2024

Join us for Girls Build! Day in the CAC's Skyscraper Gallery. Check in anytime during the event for Hands-on activities running from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. with a keynote speech and Q&A immediately following.

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Free (RSVP required)
Date
August 24, 2024
Time
10:00 am
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Chicago Architecture Center

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Free (RSVP required)
Date
August 24, 2024
Time
10:00 am
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Chicago Architecture Center

Farnsworth, Mies, and the Fight for Modernism

Join CAC and partners the Mies van der Rohe Society, the Edith Farnsworth House, and Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture for this unique event marrying book launch, panel discussion and a reading from Edith Farnsworth’s memoirs…

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$20 Public, $15 Member
Date
August 27, 2024
Time
5:30 pm
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Chicago Architecture Center Gand Lecture Hall

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$20 Public, $15 Member
Date
August 27, 2024
Time
5:30 pm
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Chicago Architecture Center Gand Lecture Hall

West Side Parks and their Architects

Join the Chicago Architecture Center on August 28 at 12 p.m. for a virtual exploration of Jens Jensen's Columbus Park and Alfred Caldwell's Riis Park—two influential landscape designs inspired by our city's prehistoric shoreline and the region's rich…

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$15 Public, Free for Members
Date
August 28, 2024
Time
12:00 pm
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Virtual: Zoom

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Price
$15 Public, Free for Members
Date
August 28, 2024
Time
12:00 pm
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Virtual: Zoom