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At 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 CAC. 

Recommended Programs

Mobile Architecture Lab

Ready to take the Chicago Architecture Center to the next level?! Visit our Mobile Architecture Lab on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 3pm to interact with the CAC exhibits in new and exciting ways. The lab features fun, hands-on activities…

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Free with CAC admission
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Free with CAC admission
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago: From Vision to Metropolis

In "Chicago: From Vision to Metropolis", journalist Whet Moser dissects the myths, legends and shifting aspirations for our city. Get an informed local’s take on Chicago’s arduous—and often scandalous—journey from trading post to global metropolis…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
May 29, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
May 29, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Riverwalk Talks

Join us on the Riverwalk as we discuss “The River and Its Architecture – Work, Play and Live”. Learn about the River’s past and plans for the future, the Riverwalk design and why this new playscape is an exciting addition to Chicago.

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Free
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Vietnam Memorial between State and Wabash

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Free
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Vietnam Memorial between State and Wabash

Skyscrapers for All?

If tall buildings represent the future of city living, what policies and technologies will help make them affordable to the masses? Get insights from a panel of experts on the design innovations and policy initiatives making inroads today.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC and CTBUH members
Date
June 4, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC and CTBUH members
Date
June 4, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Read and Build: Art in Architecture

Join us on our search for art in architecture! Come learn about buildings inspired by art and ornamentation through hands-on activities and multiple readings of “Maya Lin Artist—Architect of Light and Lines” by Jeanne Walker Harvey.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
June 5, 2019
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
June 5, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only - Chicago 1969: The Year That Changed Everything

Take a step back in time to 1969: gas is 35 cents per gallon, the “Chicago Seven” are on trial, the John Hancock Center tops off and architect Mies van der Rohe dies. We’ll review where Chicago was 50 years ago, both architecturally and culturally…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
June 14, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
June 14, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Curious City at the Center

The CAC and WBEZ’s Curious City podcast team are hosting an architecture extravaganza! Hear the story behind a famous Chicago skyscraper through a live performance and help stump top architects in a live game of Architecture Jeopardy.

Price
$25 public and CAC members
Date
June 20, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$25 public and CAC members
Date
June 20, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Architecture Camp

New dates just added! Get an introduction to architecture basics by exploring buildings, bridges and iconic structures along the Chicago River. This week-long camp for ages 7-10 will include walking tours, sketching exercises and model building.

Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Penwern: A Summer Estate

Author and photographer Mark Hertzberg presents on his new book about Penwern, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed vacation estate on Lake Delevan in southern Wisconsin. Come learn about the harmony between four structures on a breathtaking 10-acre site.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
June 26, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
June 26, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

No Small Plans Professional Development Workshop

This training, on July 24 and 25, will familiarize participating educators with themes and issues within the graphic novel, and explain how they can use the graphic novel to support teaching and learning in the classroom.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
July 24, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
July 24, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Design Your Neighborhood Camp

Discover the history of Chicago and collaborate with your fellow campers to design and build an ideal neighborhood during this week-long urban planning camp for ages 11-14. Each camper receives a copy of the graphic novel "No Small Plans."

Price
$480 public, $384 CAC members
Date
July 22, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$480 public, $384 CAC members
Date
July 22, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Girls Build! Summer 2019 Camp

In this week-long camp, you'll collaborate with other girls ages 11-14, develop leadership skills, meet female architects and learn about design thinking, engineering, architecture and digital design. The camp concludes with a presentation of a team-built…

Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
Date
July 29, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
Date
July 29, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Pirates on the River

Argh you ready for a fun night on the river? Join the CAC Auxiliary Board on their annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting the CAC’s education programs! Guests will enjoy a sunset cruise with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and on-board entertainment…

Price
$150 per ticket
Date
July 30, 2019
Time
7:00 pm
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Aboard Chicago’s Classic Lady, 112 E. Wacker Dr, SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker Dr.

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Price
$150 per ticket
Date
July 30, 2019
Time
7:00 pm
Meet
Aboard Chicago’s Classic Lady, 112 E. Wacker Dr, SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker Dr.

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival on October 19 and 20, 2019, that offers behind-the-scenes access to over 250 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s…

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Free
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More than 250 sites across the city

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Free
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More than 250 sites across the city

Family Build

Design and build with your family on Sunday mornings in the studio, where themed stations will introduce you to architecture basics. Take part in design challenges and make a take home project. Themes change each month!

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.