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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

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*
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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

Frank Lloyd Wright’s World Heritage Sites

Hear from preservationists and advocates about what went into researching and applying for the World Heritage status that was recently awarded to eight Frank Lloyd Wright sites across the U.S.—including local icons Robie House and Unity Temple.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
January 23, 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
January 23, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Adaptable House: The Next Chicago Bungalow

Learn about Adaptable House, a re-imagining of the classic Chicago bungalow as a flexible home that grows with changing family needs. Meet Greg Tamborino, the architect behind the award-winning design, which won the 2019 Disruptive Design competition…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
January 29, 2020
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
January 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Design Dialogues: The Future of Airport Design

The best airport terminals are easy-to-navigate spaces of architectural intrigue. Hear from a panel of leading architects who are charting a new course for airport design. Learn how they’re pulling off bold—yet functional and future-proof—visions…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 4, 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
February 4, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Current Projects: Discover Chicago’s Best Green Buildings

Chicago is a leader in eco-friendly building design, with civic buildings like libraries and academic facilities often setting the highest bar. Hear architects discuss their newest green projects and explore how the private sector can follow suit.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 24, 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
February 24, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Chicago’s Most Endangered Buildings of 2020

What are Chicago's most endangered buildings? Find out at the unveiling of Preservation Chicago's 18th annual "Chicago 7" list. The list identifies architecturally significant structures that preservationists hope to save from the wrecking ball.

Price
Free for all attendees*
Date
February 26, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free for all attendees*
Date
February 26, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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 tables and sponsorships
Date
April 23, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$500 Individual ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 23, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Dr.