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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

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
Meet
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.

Geoffrey Baer's Architecture Road Trips

Planning a late-summer getaway? On July 22 CAC docent and WTTW host Geoffrey Baer will share his architecture road trip suggestions during this special event. Learn about rewarding stops in popular destinations and must-see sites in smaller towns.

Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $20 CAC members
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $20 CAC members
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Discovering Bronzeville’s Lost Past at IIT

Last year, an astonishing architectural discovery occurred at the Illinois Institute of Technology—remnants of a World’s Fair-era building were found under Crown Hall. Hear about Bronzeville’s lost past and how IIT is trying to recapture some of…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
July 31, 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
July 31, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Behind-the-Scenes: GEMS World Academy Upper School

The second phase of GEMS World Academy welcomes its first students later this year, completing a vertical campus on a unique urban site. Tour the state-of-the-art school wedged between Coast and Vista towers with project leads from bKL Architecture.

Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
August 24, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
GEMS World Academy, 350 E. South Water St.

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Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
August 24, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
GEMS World Academy, 350 E. South Water St.

Daytime Talk: Architecture's Role in the History of Photography

Longtime CAC docent Patrick Pyszka will share insights on the interesting intersection of architecture and photography and explain how he sees this tradition continuing today in his job as principal photographer for the City of Chicago.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
August 28, 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
August 28, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. 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…

Price
Free
Meet
More than 250 sites across the city

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Price
Free
Meet
More than 250 sites across the city