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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. 

Invitation Only: Appetite for Design at Tied House

Enjoy small plates from James Beard award winning Chef Debbie Gold in the new Tied House. Hear from the Gensler team responsible for the reimagining of the space connected to Schubas – one of Chicago’s most historic and beloved music venues.

Price
$75
Date
November 7, 2018
Time
6:30 pm

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Date
November 7, 2018
Time
6:30 pm

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 8

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
November 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
November 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Architecture is Art: Deborah Berke and Samara Golden

Explore the intersection of art and architecture with world-renowned architect Deborah Berke and artist Samara Golden, in conversation at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

Price
$15 public, $10 CAC/MCA members
Date
November 9, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
November 9, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 15

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
November 15, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
November 15, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Bridges

Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, but it's also known for its innovative bridges. Learn about the Michigan Avenue bridge, a trunnion bascule that was invented right here in Chicago!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
November 18, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
November 18, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 1

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
November 1, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
November 1, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Women of the 1893 World's Fair

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, CAC docent Kathleen Carpenter will share the stories of several women who played significant roles in making the Fair a spectacularly grand affair.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
October 31, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 31, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

Read and Build: Skyscrapers

How do skyscrapers stand so tall? We'll explore tall buildings by taking a walk through the Drake Skyscraper Gallery at the CAC, listening to a reading of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty and building a mini skyscraper to take home.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
October 31, 2018 and 10 other times

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Date
October 31, 2018 and 10 other times

Residential Architecture: From Mansions to Modernism

Many of Chicago's most luxurious residential buildings are located along the lakefront. Historian Julia Bachrach will illuminate the fascinating story of Chicago's residential lakefront architecture from the 1870s through the 1970s in four two-hour classes…

Price
$140 public, $115 CAC members
Date
October 30, 2018
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 30, 2018
Time
10:00 am

Family Build: Skyscrapers

Join us on Oct. 21 or 28 to build tall! We’ll explore a breathtaking collection of skyscraper models in our Drake Skyscraper Gallery, and create our own towering structures inspired by the themes: imagine, work, live and innovate.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
October 28, 2018 and 1 other time

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Date
October 28, 2018 and 1 other time

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 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
October 25, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 25, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Guest Lecture: Architecture in Japan with Takaharu Tezuka

Hear about imaginative spaces created by Tokyo-based architect Takaharu Tezuka during this special guest lecture. Takaharu will share a selection of his firm’s most innovative projects, like an open-air kindergarten where children play on the roof.

Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members
Date
October 18, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
October 18, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 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
October 18, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 18, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival on October 13 and 14, 2018, that offers behind-the-scenes access to over 250 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s…

Price
Free
Date
October 14, 2018 and 1 other time

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Date
October 14, 2018 and 1 other time

Open House Chicago Family Festival

Bring your family to the new Chicago Architecture Center during Open House Chicago (OHC) to take part in free, family-friendly activities from 10am-4pm both days. Admission to exhibits not included. Drop-in anytime!

Price
Free
Date
October 14, 2018 and 1 other time

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Date
October 14, 2018 and 1 other time