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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

Get to Know Your House

If you live in an older home, it can be exciting and enlightening to learn about the history of your house. Get the tools to research your home at this two-part class on March 3 and 10, facilitated by architectural historian and planner Matt Wicklund…

Price
$40 public (includes CAC admission), $25 for CAC members
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$40 public (includes CAC admission), $25 for CAC members
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Retrofitting the Suburbs

How do we retrofit suburbs to be livable, sustainable, and economically viable places in the long run? Join this illuminating discussion with an urban planner, a developer and a designer on the front lines of reshaping Chicago’s suburbs.

Price
$20 (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
March 31, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
March 31, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Architecture’s “-isms”

Learn about the formation and influence of two “isms”—Modernism and Postmodernism—in American architecture and explore ideas of new “isms” yet to come at this annual three-part lecture series inspired by legendary Yale professor Vincent Scully…

Price
$65 public for 3 classes, $25 per class*, $50 CAC members, $20 per class*
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$65 public for 3 classes, $25 per class*, $50 CAC members, $20 per class*
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Architecture Center Gala 2020

With the theme "Open Doors, Open Minds" the 2020 gala will kick off the 10th anniversary of Open House Chicago—the CAC's signature festival that welcomes everyone to celebrate Chicago's vibrant culture and amazing architecture.

Price
$500 individual ticket, $5,000 and up for table and sponsorships
Date
April 23, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$500 individual ticket, $5,000 and up for table and sponsorships
Date
April 23, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

Designing a More Livable City with Henning Larsen

This event has been rescheduled from its original December 4 date.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
April 27, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
April 27, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only: Architecture Essentials

Chicago is synonymous with architecture and Chicagoans—especially CAC members—love to share their knowledge of architecture with family and friends. Come learn fun architecture facts you can share again and again at this members-only event.

Price
Free for CAC members*
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free for CAC members*
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.