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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

2022 Vincent Scully Series: The Future of Architecture in Three Conversations

Scully Series host Reed Kroloff is back, this time exploring the architectural imagination from the perspective of journalist, civil servant and designer. Several accomplished guests join Reed in lively conversation throughout the series' three-part arc…

Price
3-ticket bundle for May 17th, June 8th and June 28th Lectures:,    • $60 public ,    • $40 CAC Members
Date
June 28, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
3-ticket bundle for May 17th, June 8th and June 28th Lectures:,    • $60 public ,    • $40 CAC Members
Date
June 28, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

River Cruise Deep Dive

Although our docents weave a rich and engaging story about over 50 buildings on the CAC's renowned River Cruise, that ninety-minute tour is still not enough time to share all of the interesting facts about the architecture along the Chicago River. Join…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
June 29, 2022
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
June 29, 2022
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Book Talk: Piecing Together America

Author Daniel Seddiqui has learned a lot on his quest to work 50 jobs in 50 states. Join us for a conversation with the man dubbed the "world's most ambitious job seeker" and hear about his time harvesting corn in Nebraska, catching lobster in Maine,…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
July 6, 2022
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Hybrid: In Person & Zoom

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
July 6, 2022
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Hybrid: In Person & Zoom

Greening by Example: A World of Sustainable Design in Chicago

There are differing paths to achieving energy efficiency in buildings. This might involve design strategies, material choices or even a whole-building retrofit. Learn about three trailblazing local projects pointing the way toward a more resilient future…

Price
$15 public, $7 Members
Date
July 7, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$15 public, $7 Members
Date
July 7, 2022
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Architecture After Hours

Join us after work for a summer evening of drinks and discovery at the Chicago Architecture Center.

Price
$20
Date
July 14, 2022
Time
5:30 pm
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Chicago Architecture Center

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Price
$20
Date
July 14, 2022
Time
5:30 pm
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Chicago Architecture Center

Not Set in Stone: Cement and Concrete

Many of today’s commercial buildings are made of concrete. One of concrete’s crucial components is cement, which releases significant amounts of carbon dioxide into the environment. Join us as we learn what other alternatives exist to mitigate cement’s…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
July 27, 2022
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
July 27, 2022
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)