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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. 

Open Studio

Visit the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF on Monday, Thursday, Friday and occasional weekends from 12—5pm for a free drop-in session to get a taste of design and interact with our current exhibit. The Design Studio is a busy space, so don’t forget…

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Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Rodeo on the River

Get your Western wear ready and join the CAC Auxiliary Board on their annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting CAC’s Teen Academy programs! Guests will enjoy a sunset cruise with world-class architecture, cocktails, delicious small bites and on-board…

Price
$125 per ticket, $1,000 and up for sponsorships
Date
August 7, 2018
Time
6:45 pm

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Date
August 7, 2018
Time
6:45 pm

Hip Hop Architecture Camp

Hip Hop Architecture Camp is a one-week intensive experience that challenges youth of underserved populations to explore the cultural implications of architecture in the built environment through the lens of hip hop culture.

Price
Free*
Date
August 6, 2018
Time
9:30 am

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Date
August 6, 2018
Time
9:30 am

No Small Plans Professional Development Workshop

This training, on July 26 and 27, will familiarize participating educators with themes and issues within the graphic novel, and explain how they can use the graphic novel to support teaching and learning in the classroom.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
July 26, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 26, 2018
Time
9:00 am

SustainableXDesign

CAF has partnered with Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development to host an intensive, 3-week design program for teens in grades 9-12 this summer.

Price
Dependent on application type*
Date
July 22, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 22, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Guest Lecture: Sagrada Familia in the Making

Additional time just added! The Basilica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona is one of the world's great buildings. Hear noted engineer Tristram Carfrae explain how architect Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece—under construction since 1882—will be completed…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF/AIA/SAH members
Date
July 17, 2018 and 1 other time

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Date
July 17, 2018 and 1 other time

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Armour Institute

Get a rare glimpse inside the Armour Institute, a towering red brick building on the Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the former classroom and administrative spaces with a developer and an architect before the historic…

Price
$25 public, $15 CAF members
Date
July 14, 2018
Time
10:00 am

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Date
July 14, 2018
Time
10:00 am

Members Only: Reception at 1000M Sales Gallery

Learn about 1000M—a new residential skyscraper designed by acclaimed architect Helmut Jahn—in the building’s state-of-the-art interactive sales gallery. Enjoy champagne and desserts at this exclusive, members-only reception.

Price
$8 CAF members
Date
June 28, 2018
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
June 28, 2018
Time
5:30 pm

Members Only Screening and Discussion: "10 That Changed America"

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the popular PBS series "10 That Changed America" at the WTTW Chicago studio. Host Geoffrey Baer will share highlights from his whirlwind tour of America's architectural treasures.

Price
$50 CAF members
Date
June 19, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 19, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Invention - June 6

Think and create like a scientist as we explore the questions, “What are buildings are made of?” and “How do they stand so tall?” Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty.

Price
Free
Date
June 6, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
June 6, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Read and Build: Invention - June 3

Think and create like a scientist as we explore the questions, “What are buildings are made of?” and “How do they stand so tall?” Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty.

Price
Free
Date
June 3, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
June 3, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Architect Talk: Heatherwick Studio on Making Soulful Places

Driven by the motivation to design soulful and interesting places for a complex world, Heatherwick Studio has many inventive works to its name. Join us for a presentation with architect Mat Cash, Group Leader at the internationally renowned firm.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF/AIA members
Date
May 30, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
May 30, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Members Only: Tour Wrigleyville's New Hotel Zachary

This exclusive, members-only tour will take you through the recently opened Hotel Zachary in Wrigleyville, named for Wrigley Field architect Zachary Taylor Davis.

Price
$50 CAF members
Date
May 24, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
May 24, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Daytime Talk: "What's With Chicago?" Book Signing

Learn the quirks of the Windy City! CAF docent and “What’s With Chicago?” author Ellen Shubart will discuss her new book at this daytime talk.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members
Date
May 23, 2018
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
May 23, 2018
Time
12:15 pm