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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

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 on the second Saturday of every month…

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

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

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 17

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
October 17, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
October 17, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 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 350 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s…

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Free
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More than 350 sites across the city

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Free
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More than 350 sites across the city

OHC Family Festival

Attend the OHC Family Festival on Oct. 19 or 20 at the pavilion, where you can stand on the stage and see the world-renowned sound system and performance space up-close. Self-guided tours and make-and-take activities will be available both days.

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Free
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Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

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Free
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Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Beyond the Big Names: Lesser Known Chicago Architects

Burnham, Wright, Sullivan—they’re all legendary Chicago architects! But this four-part class led by historian Julia Bachrach will illuminate the lives and work of dozens of local architects who have gone largely unnoticed.

Price
$140 public (includes CAC admission), $125 CAC members
Date
October 22, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$140 public (includes CAC admission), $125 CAC members
Date
October 22, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 24

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
October 24, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
October 24, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Art, Scandal & Architecture in the Gilded Age

Join historian Suzanne Hinman as she discusses her new book, “The Grandest Madison Square Garden.” It is a tale of architecture, art and spectacle that unfolds in scandal-ridden 1890s New York, with some Chicago connections.

Price
Free for CAC Members, $12 Public (includes CAC admission)
Date
October 30, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free for CAC Members, $12 Public (includes CAC admission)
Date
October 30, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Architecture Biennial Family Festival - November 2019

Join us at our Biennial Family Festival from noon to 4pm! We invite families with children ages 5-12 to come learn about architecture and design through hands-on activities.

Price
Free
Date
November 2, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
November 2, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 7

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
November 7, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
November 7, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Read + Build Early Childhood Camp

We invite our littlest learners to listen to a story, create an art project, build and learn at this new drop-off camp. We’ve packed storytelling, problem solving, visual thinking and teamwork into three hours of fun for ages 4-6. Join us!

Price
$60 public (includes CAC admission), $48 CAC members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$60 public (includes CAC admission), $48 CAC members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 14

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
November 14, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
November 14, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

The Versatile Skyscraper of the Future

What does the future hold for skyscrapers? We’ll take a look at buildings with flexible floor plates, movable walls, robotic features and other abilities to reconfigure. What bold innovations are still to come? Hear from our panel of experts.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC Members
Date
November 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC Members
Date
November 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 21

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
November 21, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
November 21, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Gingerbread Bungalows with Pastry Chef Gale Gand

Build a gingerbread house inspired by Chicago’s bungalows! Take a mini-tour of the CAC’s Chicago Gallery to learn more about this iconic housing type, then learn tips and tricks to building a gingerbread house from expert pastry chef Gale Gand.

Price
$25 per kit (includes CAC admission), $20 per kit for CAC members
Date
December 7, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$25 per kit (includes CAC admission), $20 per kit for CAC members
Date
December 7, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Designing a More Livable City with Henning Larsen

What can architects do to keep rapidly growing urban areas livable? How can they create more sustainable cities? Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen is among those leading the charge to respond to such challenges. Hear how from one of the partners…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
December 4, 2019
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
December 4, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.