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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. 

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

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

Design Dialogues: The Future of Airport Design

The best airport terminals are easy-to-navigate spaces of architectural intrigue. Hear from a panel of leading architects who are charting a new course for airport design. Learn how they’re pulling off bold—yet functional and future-proof—visions…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 4, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 4, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

Girls Build!: Architecture Essentials

This class, designed for first-time Girls Build! participants, will help female-identifying students ages 11-14 understand architecture essentials. Together we'll use the design process to create a series of architectural plans and a massing model.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 30, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
January 30, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

Adaptable House: The Next Chicago Bungalow

Learn about Adaptable House, a re-imagining of the classic Chicago bungalow as a flexible home that grows with changing family needs. Meet Greg Tamborino, the architect behind the award-winning design, which won the 2019 Disruptive Design competition…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
January 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Girls Build!: Interior Design

This six-week scholarship program for girls ages 11-14 will give students a chance to explore the exciting world of interior design, through hands-on projects, interactions with professional designers and behind-the-scenes tours of design firms.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 26, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
January 26, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

Frank Lloyd Wright’s World Heritage Sites

Hear from preservationists and advocates about what went into researching and applying for the World Heritage status that was recently awarded to eight Frank Lloyd Wright sites across the U.S.—including local icons Robie House and Unity Temple.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
January 23, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 23, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Imagine

Take a guided tour through the CAC to explore technological innovations architects and engineers use to keep building higher, then use your imagination to build your own innovative structure with LEGO®!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
January 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Teen Saturday Studio: Advocating for Architecture with AIA Illinois

Join the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois to learn about real-world design issues and how buildings become a reality—from funding to government approval. Then, split into teams to debate why advocating for good design is important.

Price
Free with registration
Date
January 18, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
January 18, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

Book Talk: The South Side's Unsung Architectural Treasures

The rich architecture of Chicago’s South Side has never truly gotten its due—until now. Join photographer, historian and architecture critic Lee Bey for a look at his new book, “Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
January 16, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 16, 2020
Time
6:00 pm