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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

LEGO Architecture Camp

What better way to spend a day off school than with the CAC? This special one-day camp for ages 7-10 teaches students what makes Chicago "the city of architecture." Tour the Loop, sketch ideas and create a LEGO® building to take home!

Price
$80 Public (Includes CAC Admission) , $65 CAC Members
Date
October 14, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$80 Public (Includes CAC Admission) , $65 CAC Members
Date
October 14, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Crossing the Line

Reflecting on the 1919 Race Riot, join a dialogue on the power of lines in shaping places and lives. This program is presented in connection with the Chicago Architectural Club’s 2018 Chicago Prize Competition entitled “Crossing the Line.”

Price
Free with registration
Date
October 15, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
October 15, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 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
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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

Price
Free
Meet
More than 350 sites across the city

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Price
Free
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More than 350 sites across the city

OHC Family Festival

Attend the OHC Family Festival this year 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 throughout the day.

Price
Free
Date
October 19, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

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Price
Free
Date
October 19, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
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
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
October 24, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 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
Meet
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
November 2, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
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
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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

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

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

Teen Open Studio - Dec. 5

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
December 5, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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

Teen Open Studio - Dec. 12

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
December 12, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with registration
Date
December 12, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Art & Architecture Pass

This year, the Chicago Architecture Center is collaborating with EXPO CHICAGO to offer an amazing art and architecture experience! The Art & Architecture Pass includes one-day general admission to EXPO CHICAGO and one-day admission to the CAC.

Price
$32 public and CAC members
Date
December 31, 2019
Time
8:59 pm
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$32 public and CAC members
Date
December 31, 2019
Time
8:59 pm
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.