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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

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…

Price
$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

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

What You Didn't Learn on the Boat Tour

Although our docents go into great depth covering the history of 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…

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$15 Public, Free for Members
Date
June 26, 2024
Time
12:00 pm
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Virtual: Zoom

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$15 Public, Free for Members
Date
June 26, 2024
Time
12:00 pm
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Virtual: Zoom

HIGHRISES: A BOOK TALK AND CELEBRATION

Join the creatives behind Highrises at the Center as they discuss the book that inspired our latest exhibition.

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Free (RSVP required)
Date
July 18, 2024
Time
5:30 pm
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Chicago Architecture Center 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Free (RSVP required)
Date
July 18, 2024
Time
5:30 pm
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Chicago Architecture Center 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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