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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. 

Family Day

The school year is a busy time. We’ve combined all your favorite elements from our design studio, exhibits and Mobile Architecture Lab into a full day of architecture and exploration—just for families! Join us from 10am—2pm on the second Saturday…

Price
Free with CAC admisson
Date
February 8, 2020 and 6 other times

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Date
February 8, 2020 and 6 other times

Teen Saturday Studio: Construction Site Visit with Clune Construction

Architects make drawings of buildings, while construction workers and contractors make those visions a reality. Visit a construction site with various construction industry professionals to learn first-hand what goes into making a space.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 15, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
February 15, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

LEGO® BUILD: 150 N Riverside

Marvel at the engineering of 150 North Riverside, the 54-story office building on the Chicago River with a very narrow base. After learning about one of Chicago’s most curious buildings, create a LEGO ® structure that is just as strong and unique.

Price
Free for CAC members, $20 public (includes CAC admission)
Date
February 16, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 16, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Engineering Fest

Learn how cities move and groove during our annual Engineering Fest! Drop by anytime between 9:30am—4pm on Feb. 22 and 23 to build and learn, view exhibits, meet engineers and discover systems that move us around Chicago. Ages 12 and younger are FREE…

Price
Free for ages 12 and under, $6 public (ages 13 and up), Free for CAC members
Date
February 23, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
February 23, 2020 and 1 other time

Current Projects: Discover Chicago’s Best Green Buildings

Chicago is a leader in eco-friendly building design, with civic buildings like libraries and academic facilities often setting the highest bar. Hear architects discuss their newest green projects and explore how the private sector can follow suit.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 24, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 24, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Chicago’s Most Endangered Buildings of 2020

What are Chicago's most endangered buildings? Find out at the unveiling of Preservation Chicago's 18th annual "Chicago 7" list. The list identifies architecturally significant structures that preservationists hope to save from the wrecking ball.

Price
Free for all attendees*
Date
February 26, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 26, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Newhouse Workshop: Planning and Modeling

If you’re working on the “Architecture + Planning” or “Architectural Modeling” Newhouse Competition challenges, this free workshop is for you. Come gain valuable insights from CAC staff and get help getting started on your project. This workshop…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 29, 2020
Time
10:00 am

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Date
February 29, 2020
Time
10:00 am

Get to Know Your House

If you live in an older home, it can be exciting and enlightening to learn about the history of your house. Get the tools to research your home at this two-part class on March 3 and 10, facilitated by architectural historian and planner Matt Wicklund…

Price
$40 public (includes CAC admission), $25 for CAC members
Date
March 10, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
March 10, 2020 and 1 other time

Newhouse Workshop: Open Design and Engineering

If you’re working on the “Open Design + Build” or “Architecture + Engineering” Newhouse Competition challenges, this free workshop is for you. Come gain valuable insights from CAC staff and get help getting started on your project. This workshop…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 7, 2020
Time
10:00 am

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Date
March 7, 2020
Time
10:00 am

LEGO® BUILD: NBC Tower

Take a walk outside to observe NBC Tower, an iconic Postmodern building across the river from the CAC. Discover how Art Deco inspired the design, then create your own version of the office building.

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Member Night

On March 18, enjoy the CAC after-hours at this special members-only celebration. Mingle with fellow architecture enthusiasts, enjoy light snacks and beverages, take a mini-tour through the CAC and hear about Chicago’s newest architecture developments…

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Newhouse Workshop: Fine Arts and Graphic Design

If you’re working on the “Fine Arts” or “Graphic Design” Newhouse Competition challenges, this free workshop is for you. Come gain valuable insights from CAC staff and get help getting started on your project. This workshop is from 10am - 2pm…

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Utopia in American History

How has the quest for Utopia shaped American cities? Join urban planner and professor Alex Krieger as he explores the dreams and ideals that have long influenced our urban settlements, as told in his new book, “City on a Hill.”

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Retrofitting the Suburbs

How do we retrofit suburbs to be livable, sustainable, and economically viable places in the long run? Join this illuminating discussion with an urban planner, a developer and a designer on the front lines of reshaping Chicago’s suburbs.

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