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Welcome back! Choose from more than 50 reinstated walking tours, book a CAFC River Cruise and visit the Center Thursday through Monday.

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

CAC Live: Chicago's Riverwalk

Hear the story of the Chicago Riverwalk on June 20 or August 5 from Michelle Woods, a CAC docent and City of Chicago project manager who oversees the maintenance, operations and concession program for the 1.25-mile trail.

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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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CAC Live: Exploring Urban Excellence: Sustaining Vibrant Urban Places in an Era of Social Distancing

Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • Bringing people, ideas, goods and services together are hallmarks of urban life. So how are places designed with that in mind adapting to the challenges—both immediate and prolonged—of the current…

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 16, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 16, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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CAC Live: Murals of Chicago

Discover the stories behind murals across Chicago on June 24 or August 1 with CAC docent Maurice Champagne. Learn how talented muralists use public art to enliven architecture, reflect social issues and honor both ordinary people and famous figures.

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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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CAC Live: Retail Revolution on State Street

Join CAC docent Brian Kelly on July 1 or August 8 as he shares how innovative collaborations between merchants and architects, along with the emergence of architecturally significant department stores, brought a retail revolution to State Street.

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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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CAC Live: Women of Influence Graceland Cemetery Tour

Discover women who made lasting impacts on Chicago with a visit to their final resting places in Graceland Cemetery. CAC docent Mary Jo Hoag leads this 45-minute live, virtual tour in the beautiful North Side cemetery on July 7 and July 12.

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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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CAC Live: Building Tall on Broad Shoulders

Chicago is the birthplace of innovations that allowed for the design and construction of the world’s first skyscrapers. CAC docent Bill Lipsman takes a closer look at these engineering breakthroughs on July 8 and Aug. 15.

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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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CAC Live: Old Buildings, New Hotels

Driven by tourism, multiple historic Chicago skyscrapers have recently been reimagined as chic hotels. CAC docent Monica Rodriguez leads this online version of the CAC’s popular tour, “Hotel Boom: Making Old New Again,” on July 11 and August 19…

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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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CAC Live: Chicago Women Activists

Hear the stories of Chicago women activists and learn what reforms they led, particularly on Chicago’s Near South Side, during this virtual program on July 15 and September 2 led by CAC docent Ellen Shubart.

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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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CAC Live: Buildings and Beer

With a focus on Chicago’s River North neighborhood, CAC docent Jeff Marcella—an expert in both buildings and beer—will lead this online version of one of the CAC’s popular Pub Tours on July 18 and August 26.

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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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CAC Live: Wrigleyville Tour

Take a virtual walk around Wrigley Field and learn interesting tidbits about the architecture surrounding the historic baseball stadium on this 45-minute tour with CAC docent Kent Foutty on July 19 or July 21.

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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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Design Your Neighborhood Camp 1.0

Explore what makes Chicago’s neighborhoods unique and reimagine a corner of your own neighborhood at this virtual camp July 20-24 for ages 8-10. Learn introductory model making, sketching and observational skills.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 20, 2020
Time
9:00 am
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Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 20, 2020
Time
9:00 am
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Design Your Neighborhood Camp 2.0

Discover the Chicago history and collaborate with fellow campers to design and build an ideal neighborhood in this online urban planning camp July 20-24. Campers ages 11-14 will go on virtual tours and talk with experts about their design decisions.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 20, 2020
Time
10:15 am
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Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 20, 2020
Time
10:15 am
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CAC Live: Gothic Chicago

In Chicago, the Gothic style is often found in church designs, but can also be seen in many academic, commercial, municipal and residential buildings. Join CAC docent Dr. Thomas R. Stelmack on July 22 or August 22 to discover this intricate style.

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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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CAC Live: Daniel Burnham: Realist or Idealist?

A prolific architect, trailblazing city planner and civic leader, Daniel Burnham has been described as both a pragmatic realist and a visionary idealist. CAC docent Marcia Matavulj dives into this apparent contradiction on July 25 and Sept. 5.

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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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CAC Live: Alta Vista Terrace Tour

Hear the secrets and stories behind a stretch of row houses situated between Wrigley Field and Graceland Cemetery on this live, 45-minute virtual tour of Alta Vista Terrace with CAC docent Kent Foutty, offered July 26 and 28.

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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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$8 Public, Free for CAC members
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