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Online programs and virtual tours continue while the Center is temporarily closed. Select CAC walking tours have resumed.

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. 

Virtual City Walks: International Edition

Travel abroad—no passport required—beginning January 30, 2021, through six programs produced in partnership by the Association of Architecture Organizations and AAO members in Boston, Chicago, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, New York City and Prague.

Price
$60 public, $48 for CAC members
Date
January 23, 2021
Time
11:00 am

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Date
January 23, 2021
Time
11:00 am

CAC Live: Architect Talk: 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates Grafton Architects

Don’t miss this lecture from 2020 Pritzker Prize laureates Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects, co-presented with the Irish Consulate General in Chicago. Founded in 1978, Grafton lays claim to noteworthy buildings worldwide.

Price
$20 public, $15 for CAC members
Date
February 18, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 18, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

CAC Live: Reflections of an Architecture Critic: A Conversation with Blair Kamin

During 28 years as architecture critic at the Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin deepened civic awareness of design. Join Kamin as he revisits three decades of skyline-shaping towers, imaginative local projects and transformations of the public realm.

Price
$15 public, $10 CAC members, $8 student
Date
February 25, 2021
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 25, 2021
Time
6:00 pm

CAC Live: Chicago's Most Endangered Buildings 2021

What buildings in Chicago are most endangered this year? Find out at the unveiling of the 19th annual “Chicago 7,” a list from Preservation Chicago that identifies significant structures preservationists hope to protect from the wrecking ball.

Price
FREE for public, FREE for CAC Members, FREE for students
Date
February 24, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 24, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

CAC Live: Virtual Walking Tour: East Hyde Park

Chicago is well-known as “the city of neighborhoods.” Join CAC docents Maria Corpuz and John Hug on a virtual stroll through their South Side neighborhood, East Hyde Park, an area filled with architectural treasures old and new.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
February 10, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 10, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

CAC Live: Tiffany in Chicago

Chicago has one of the largest collections of Tiffany glass in the country. Join CAC docent Susan Jacobson for a virtual program that examines some the most magnificent art-glass and mosaic installations in the city crafted by Tiffany.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
January 27, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 27, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

CAC Live: Art Deco Gods and Goddesses

Art Deco epitomized the exuberance of the Roaring 20s, but it also included motifs from ancient times. See how images of Greek gods and goddesses added art and meaning to many of Chicago’s most beautiful Art Deco buildings at this virtual program.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
January 13, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 13, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

CAC Live: Chicago's Holiday Traditions

Chicago goes all out for the holidays! Join us to hear about the city’s holiday traditions and the way its iconic architecture gets decorated for the holidays, from the windows at Macy’s on State to the Art Institute of Chicago lions.

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CAC Live: Sacred Spaces in Downtown Chicago

Chicago’s skyscraper-studded downtown core is home to a surprising number of houses of worship, serving believers of multiple faiths and representing a wide variety of architectural styles. Join CAC docent David Utech as he highlights six of them.

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