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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. 

Artmaking and Placemaking in Chicago Communities

OHC 2020 community partner Hyde Park Art Center co-convenes this roundtable discussion about artist-driven community activations, creative projects and placemaking across Chicago.

Price
FREE
Date
October 17, 2020
Time
2:00 pm

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Date
October 17, 2020
Time
2:00 pm

Chicago Landmarking at 50: Past, Present and Future

Chicago’s historic preservation movement is now more than half a century old. Learn how local landmarking came into being and how its use and impact have gone far beyond preservation, with Chicago’s diverse Third Ward serving as a case study.

Price
FREE
Date
October 17, 2020
Time
4:00 pm

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Date
October 17, 2020
Time
4:00 pm

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Gordon Gill

Exclusively for CAC members • Hear what inspired the design of the CAC and discover the skyline-altering work of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture on this virtual tour with renowned architect Gordon Gill.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Date
October 17, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

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Date
October 17, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

A New Vision for the Kenwood Line

Hear recent architecture school graduate Migel Santos’ fascinating proposal to revitalize a decommissioned rail line on the South Side, with hopes of boosting socioeconomic equity and neighborhood vitality.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
October 18, 2020
Time
2:00 pm

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Date
October 18, 2020
Time
2:00 pm

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Free Street Theater

Exclusively for CAC members • Visit the curious, mural-filled rooms of the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse on this virtual tour with Free Street Theater, which is headquartered in the historic building.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available) , FREE for CAC members
Date
October 18, 2020
Time
4:00 pm

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Date
October 18, 2020
Time
4:00 pm

Women in Architecture Virtual Tour

Take a 45-minute live, virtual tour with CAC docent Mary Jo Hoag's in downtown Chicago to discover stunning buildings designed by female architects, including the Equitable Building, Aqua Tower and Vista Tower.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
October 19, 2020
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 19, 2020
Time
10:00 am

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Heather Ireland Robinson

Exclusively for CAC members • Join Jazz Institute of Chicago executive director Heather Ireland Robinson on a video tour through the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side, where she grew up.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Date
October 19, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
October 19, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

Revitalized: What’s New and Cool on the River

Join CAC docents Lance Friedmann, Wayne Johnson, Kelly Jones and Alison Schlickman as they share highlights among the many new buildings, neighborhood developments and works of public art along the Chicago River.

Price
$8 public (includes CAC admission), FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
October 20, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 20, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Investment through Preservation in Roseland

After decades of disinvestment, could historic preservation be used as a tool to help rebuild vibrancy in the Roseland neighborhood? Find out at this roundtable discussion, co-convened with OHC 2020 community partner Preservation Chicago.

Price
FREE
Date
October 20, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
October 20, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

Get to Know Your House: Rogers Park Edition

Based on the CAC’s popular "Get to Know Your House" series, this program provides attendees with tips for researching their historic homes, using Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood as a case study.

Price
FREE
Date
October 21, 2020
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 21, 2020
Time
10:00 am

Changing the Narrative: African Americans in Evanston

Learn about recent efforts by the City of Evanston to recognize sites and buildings that speak to the role African Americans played in shaping the suburb. This conversation is co-convened by the Evanston History Center, an OHC 2020 community partner.

Price
FREE
Date
October 21, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 21, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Stories of (Im)Migration, Sites of Unity

OHC 2020 community partner Chicago Cultural Alliance co-convenes this discussion among representatives from its member organizations. Hear (im)migration stories from panelists and discover local sites that are meaningful for their communities.

Price
FREE
Date
October 22, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 22, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Lin Brehmer

Exclusively for CAC members • 93XRT radio host Lin Brehmer stops at sites of significance in the history of rock music in downtown Chicago on this virtual tour.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Date
October 22, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

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Date
October 22, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

Chicago’s Central Park Theater and the Dawn of a New Era

Take a virtual tour of the former Central Park Theater in North Lawndale, a 1917 movie palace that marked the start of a fruitful partnership between architects Rapp and Rapp and theater corporation Balaban and Katz.

Price
FREE
Date
October 23, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 23, 2020
Time
12:00 pm