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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. 

CAC Live: Chicago Architecture, Page by Page

Explore the fascinating intersections between Chicago’s architecture and works of literature at this visual presentation with CAC docent Leanne Star on May 27 or 30.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 30, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
May 30, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: Contemporary Tour

This live, 45-minute virtual tour on May 26 or 31 with docent Mike McMains describes the influences of the Contemporary style, defines its characteristics and profiles several wonderful buildings from the last 20 years and their amazing architects.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 31, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
May 31, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: If the Walls of Farnsworth House Could Talk

Hear the fascinating story behind Farnsworth House, an iconic International Style home located about 60 miles west of Chicago designed by famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 23, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
May 23, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

CAC Live: "The Kitchen" Book Talk

On a mission to design the perfect kitchen of his own, historic preservationist John Ota traveled across North America to find inspiration in the kitchens of famed figures. Hear more about his journey, as documented in his new book “The Kitchen.”

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC Members
Date
May 27, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
May 27, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Celluloid Skylines: An At-Home Architectural Film Festival

Offered in partnership with the Music Box Theatre, this four-day, at-home film festival explores how filmmakers use architecture to tell extraordinary stories. Stream the movies at home, then join CAC staff and guest experts for discussion.

Price
$9 per post-screening discussion; four-film festival passes $27, $7 per post-screening discussion; four-film festival passes $21 (CAC & Music Box Theatre members)
Date
May 25, 2020 and 3 other times

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Date
May 25, 2020 and 3 other times

CAC Live: Brutalism and Post-Modernism Tour

Modernism was the dominant style of high-rise architecture from the 1960s through the 1980s, but not everyone was a fan. Learn about new styles that emerged as reactions—Brutalism and Postmodernism—on this live, 45-minute tour on May 19 or 24.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 24, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
May 24, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: Mid-Century Modernism Tour

When skyscrapers began to rise again after a long hiatus during World War II, a new style of architecture emerged: Mid-Century Modernism. Join CAC docent Mike McMains on May 12 or 17 for a live, 45-minute tour that highlights buildings from this era.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 21, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
May 21, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

CAC Live: A Tale of Two Fairs

Did you know Chicago hosted two world's fairs, 40 years apart? Join us on April 29 or May 20 to compare and contrast the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Century of Progress International Exposition held in 1933.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 20, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
May 20, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: The Rise of the Skyscraper

Why is Chicago often considered the birthplace of the skyscraper? Explore the history of these tall buildings on April 25 or May 16 and discover how Chicago became a global center for high-rise design, innovation and engineering.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 16, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
May 16, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: Chicago Public Art Stories

Chicago’s public art collection is vast, varied and endlessly interesting. Join CAC docent Ed McDevitt on April 11 or May 13 as he leads this engaging introduction to some of Chicago’s greatest public art treasures.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 13, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

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Date
May 13, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

CAC Live: Rethinking Green Space for a More Resilient Chicago

Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • Join leading landscape architect and urban designer Ernest C. Wong at this virtual program as he outlines the tensions spatial distancing will continue to impose on parks and shared public spaces.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 13, 2020
Time
3:00 pm

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Date
May 13, 2020
Time
3:00 pm

CAC For the Family: Design Club

Explore the ways architecture and design impact you every day! This five-day program introduces design thinking to young learners ages 6-12 through fun, interactive lessons, with support from CAC education staff.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
May 11, 2020
Time
9:00 am

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Date
May 11, 2020
Time
9:00 am

CAC Live: Art Deco Tour

Learn about Art Deco—the opulent architectural style from the 1920s and 1930s—with CAC docent Mike McMains on this live, 45-minute virtual tour in downtown Chicago on May 5 or 10.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 10, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
May 10, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: The Vision of Illinois Center

Learn how an abandoned railway freight yard was transformed into an important urban development called Illinois Center—home of the CAC. Join us on April 15 or May 9 to discover how Illinois Center was designed for people to “work, live and play.”

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 9, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
May 9, 2020
Time
1:00 pm