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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. 

Recommended Programs

Family Day

The school year is a busy time. We’ve combined all your favorite elements from our design studio, exhibits and Mobile Architecture Lab into a full day of architecture and exploration—just for families! Join us from 10am—2pm on the second Saturday…

Price
Free with CAC admisson
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with CAC admisson
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Girls Build!: Affordable Dream Homes

This camp for first-time Girls Build! participants will help girls ages 11-14 understand the nuts and bolts of architecture and design. Together we’ll use the design process to explore the fundamentals of designing an affordable dream home!

Price
Scholarship based on application*
Date
April 6, 2020
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Scholarship based on application*
Date
April 6, 2020
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 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*
Date
June 16, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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*
Date
June 16, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Saturday Studio: Designing a Green Line Station with Perkins and Will

Learn how architecture can help revitalize neighborhoods at this workshop with designers from global architecture firm Perkins and Will. We’ll look at the firm’s design for a new Green Line station and discuss how it can invigorate the Near West Side…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 18, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 18, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

LEGO® BUILD: Marina City

Take a mini tour through the CAC’s Drake Family Skyscraper Gallery to learn about Marina City, the iconic “corncob” towers on the river. Discover what it means when a building is mixed-use, then create your own “city within a city” using LEGO®…

Price
Free for CAC members, $20 public (includes CAC admission)
Date
April 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free for CAC members, $20 public (includes CAC admission)
Date
April 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 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*
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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

Teen Saturday Studio: Creating Outdoor Rooms with site design group

Learn the guiding principles of landscape architecture by touring a notable public space in Chicago with architects from site design group, ltd. Then, exercise your own design thinking through a facilitated design challenge.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
May 16, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
May 16, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

LEGO® Build: Jay Pritzker Pavilion

What happens when sculptures become architecture? Find out in this 3-hour workshop as we explore one of Millennium Park’s most iconic structures: Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Then, redesign a performance center for a bustling city using the design process…

Price
Free for CAC members, $20 public (includes CAC admission)
Date
May 17, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free for CAC members, $20 public (includes CAC admission)
Date
May 17, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Alexander Calder’s Conquest of Space

In conversation with architect Brad Lynch, author and art critic Jed Perl will discuss his newly released biography on Alexander Calder and share fascinating insights about the life and times of the world-renowned sculptor.

Price
$20 (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
May 26, 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
May 26, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Cooking Up the Perfect Kitchen

On a mission to design the perfect kitchen of his own, historic preservationist John Ota traveled across North America to find inspiration in the kitchens of famed figures. Hear more about his journey, as documented in his new book “The Kitchen.”

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
Date
May 27, 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
May 27, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

CAC Scavenger Hunt

Grab your friends and test your urban navigation, architecture and history skills at the CAC Scavenger Hunt, presented by the CAC Auxiliary Board! Spend three hours exploring the Loop and discovering hidden gems, then join us for an after-party at Revival…

Price
Public: $200 through 4/30, $240 starting 5/1, Member: $180 through 4/30, $220 starting 5/1
Date
May 30, 2020
Time
10:30 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Public: $200 through 4/30, $240 starting 5/1, Member: $180 through 4/30, $220 starting 5/1
Date
May 30, 2020
Time
10:30 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Saturday Studio: Engineering Tall Buildings with Thornton Tomasetti

Have you ever wondered how buildings stand up without falling over? Join engineers from Thornton Tomasetti to discover how skyscrapers reach incredible heights. Participants will construct their own tower and learn what it takes to be an engineer.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
June 6, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
June 6, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Architect Talk: The Boundary-Breaking Designs of Jeanne Gang

Don’t miss this signature lecture with internationally renowned architect Jeanne Gang, founding principal of Studio Gang. In more than 20 years of practice, she has challenged the presumed limitations on architects in order to create stunning places…

Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $18 CAC members
Date
June 22, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $18 CAC members
Date
June 22, 2020
Time
6:00 pm
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Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave.

Architecture Camp

Get an introduction to architecture basics by exploring buildings, bridges and iconic structures along the Chicago River. Campers ages 8-10 will enjoy walking tours, sketching exercises and model building.

Price
$582 public (includes CAC Admission), $485 CAC members
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$582 public (includes CAC Admission), $485 CAC members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Design Your Neighborhood

Discover the history of Chicago and collaborate with your fellow campers to design and build an ideal neighborhood in this urban planning camp. Campers ages 11-14 will go on tours and receive a copy of the graphic novel No Small Plans.

Price
$582 public (includes CAC Admission), $485 CAC members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$582 public (includes CAC Admission), $485 CAC members
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.