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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

Chicago Architecture Center Designing Futures Gala

Save the date for the Chicago Architecture Center Designing Futures Gala on Thursday, April 4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago! Funds raised that evening will support the expansion of our award-winning education programs in our brand new Chicago Architecture…

Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 4, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 4, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Apr. 11

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
Date
April 11, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 11, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members-Only Bus Trip: Bauhaus Exhibit at the Elmhurst Art Museum

Join us on this one-time, members-only bus trip to the Elmhurst Art Museum to see “The Whole World a Bauhaus," an international traveling exhibition that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus.

Price
$40 CAC members
Date
April 12, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$40 CAC members
Date
April 12, 2019
Time
10:00 am
Meet
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
Free upon application review*
Date
April 15, 2019
Time
9:30 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free upon application review*
Date
April 15, 2019
Time
9:30 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

The Brilliance of American Architecture

Hear about the brilliance of American architecture at this three-part masterclass series inspired by legendary Yale professor Vincent Scully. Held on Tuesdays in April, the series will examine significant American cities, buildings and architects.

Price
$65 public for 3 classes, $25 per class*, $50 CAC members & Yale alumni for 3 classes, $20 per class*
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$65 public for 3 classes, $25 per class*, $50 CAC members & Yale alumni for 3 classes, $20 per class*
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Apr. 18

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
Date
April 18, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 18, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Apr. 25

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
Date
April 25, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 25, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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
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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.

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
$342 CAC members, early bird pricing, $410 public, early bird pricing, Regular pricing beginning Mar. 1: $455 public, Regular pricing beginning Mar. 1: $365 CAC members
Date
June 24, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$342 CAC members, early bird pricing, $410 public, early bird pricing, Regular pricing beginning Mar. 1: $455 public, Regular pricing beginning Mar. 1: $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
$360 CAC members, early bird pricing, $432 public, early bird pricing, Regular pricing beginning Mar. 1: $480 public, Regular pricing beginning Mar. 1: $384 CAC members
Date
July 22, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$360 CAC members, early bird pricing, $432 public, early bird pricing, Regular pricing beginning Mar. 1: $480 public, Regular pricing beginning Mar. 1: $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
$342 CAC members, early bird pricing, $410 public, early bird pricing, Regular pricing beginning Mar. 1: $455 public, Regular pricing beginning Mar. 1: $365 CAC members
Date
July 29, 2019
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$342 CAC members, early bird pricing, $410 public, early bird pricing, Regular pricing beginning Mar. 1: $455 public, Regular pricing beginning Mar. 1: $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
Meet
More than 250 sites across the city