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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

Teen Open Studio - May 2

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.

Price
Free with RSVP
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Behind-the-Scenes: Farm on Ogden

Chicago’s newest community-based urban agriculture initiative brings together food, health and jobs in one oasis-like location in North Lawndale. Get an in-depth tour of the farm with the team that made it happen, from concept to design to operation…

Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
May 4, 2019
Time
10:30 am
Meet
Farm on Ogden, 3555 W. Ogden Ave.

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Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
May 4, 2019
Time
10:30 am
Meet
Farm on Ogden, 3555 W. Ogden Ave.

Member Double Discount Weekend

Need a special gift for mom? Looking for something unique for an aunt, grandma or other special mother in your life? In honor of Mother's Day, we're offering members 20% off all weekend at the CAC store.

Price
Free
Date
May 11, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
CAC Store, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free
Date
May 11, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
CAC Store, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only: Architecture Essentials - May 14

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 to CAC members with RSVP
Date
May 14, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free to CAC members with RSVP
Date
May 14, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Bringing Modernist Icons Back to Life

Efforts to preserve our Modernist architectural icons are ramping up in Chicago and around the nation. In this 100th anniversary year of the Bauhaus, learn about the work underway to re-interpret and protect important Mid-Century Modern buildings.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
May 21, 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
May 21, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago: From Vision to Metropolis

In "Chicago: From Vision to Metropolis", journalist Whet Moser dissects the myths, legends and shifting aspirations for our city. Get an informed local’s take on Chicago’s arduous—and often scandalous—journey from trading post to global metropolis…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
May 29, 2019
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 29, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Architecture Camp

Get an introduction to architecture basics by exploring buildings, bridges and iconic structures along the Chicago River. This week-long camp for ages 7-10 will include walking tours, sketching exercises and model building.

Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
Date
June 24, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
Date
June 24, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Design Your Neighborhood Camp

Discover the history of Chicago and collaborate with your fellow campers to design and build an ideal neighborhood during this week-long urban planning camp for ages 11-14. Each camper receives a copy of the graphic novel "No Small Plans."

Price
$480 public, $384 CAC members
Date
July 22, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$480 public, $384 CAC members
Date
July 22, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Girls Build! Summer 2019 Camp

In this week-long camp, you'll collaborate with other girls ages 11-14, develop leadership skills, meet female architects and learn about design thinking, engineering, architecture and digital design. The camp concludes with a presentation of a team-built…

Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
Date
July 29, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

Learn More Sold Out

Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
Date
July 29, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
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 250 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s…

Price
Free
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More than 250 sites across the city

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Price
Free
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More than 250 sites across the city

LEGO® Build Workshop: Aqua Tower

Inspired by water, Aqua Tower is aptly named. The skyscraper is both sustainable and beautiful, with wave-like balconies and views of the lake. What will your skyscraper be inspired by? Come find out and build your own sustainable tower using LEGO®.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.