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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

Skyscraper Innovations: The Construction Materials Defining Chicago's Newest Tall Buildings

Twenty-one years in to the new millennium, innovative construction materials are altering Chicago in noticeable ways. CAC docent Kevin Griebenow highlights changes in skyscraper construction and engineering tied to recent material breakthroughs.

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

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

Film Screening & Discussion: “The Shame of Chicago”

Join us for an exclusive screening of Episode 3 of Bruce Orenstein’s new documentary series, The Shame of Chicago, exploring predatory contract home sales in Chicago after World War II. Moderated discussion to follow.

Price
$12 Public, $8 CAC Members, $8 Students
Date
May 13, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Crowdcast Virtual Event (details below)

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Price
$12 Public, $8 CAC Members, $8 Students
Date
May 13, 2021
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Crowdcast Virtual Event (details below)

Celebrating 50 Years of CAC Docents

Join us as we commemorate 50 years of the CAC Docent program. Enjoy reflections from a panel of docents as they revisit memorable chapters and look towards the future.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
May 26, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
May 26, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

CAC Live: Architect Talk: Lawrence Scarpa with Planning Commissioner Maurice Cox

Brooks + Scarpa founding principal Lawrence Scarpa explores how design excellence can revolutionize housing for communities in need, in conversation with Maurice Cox, Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development.

Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members, $10 students
Date
June 3, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members, $10 students
Date
June 3, 2021
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

Japan to Chicago: Architectural Connections

Architecture in Chicago has long drawn influence from Japan. Trace the connections beginning with parallels to Japanese architectural tradition found in Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and continuing on to Japanese architects practicing in Chicago today.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members
Date
June 9, 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 9, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

The Future of the Urban Middle Class

Research shows Chicago has become more segregated by income over time with growing pockets of extreme wealth and extreme poverty. This special hour-long event tackles the challenges of rebuilding the middle class as we mount recoveries in our cities.

Price
$25 public, $20 for CAC members
Date
June 15, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Price
$25 public, $20 for CAC members
Date
June 15, 2021
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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 Palate 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)

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)