Skip to main content

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. 

Members Only: The Legacy of Public Art in Chicago

Coinciding with the start of EXPO Chicago, CAC Docent Ed McDevitt will give a special talk on the importance of public art for the city's civic realm. Revisit popular works in the Loop and learn about some lesser-known projects.

Price
Free for CAC members
Date
September 10, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Learn More Off Sale

Date
September 10, 2019
Time
10:00 am

In Their Own Words: Building the John Hancock

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the John Hancock Center’s (now 875 North Michigan) completion, designers who conceived of and worked on the project will give first-hand accounts of Chicago’s 1960s tall buildings boom.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC and CTBUH members
Date
September 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Learn More Off Sale

Date
September 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO Build Workshop: 111 E. Wacker

Come learn what makes our home—the International style 111 E. Wacker building—unique at our monthly LEGO Build! Construct a LEGO structure inspired by 111 E. Wacker, where Mies van der Rohe’s “less is more” philosophy is very apparent.

Price
$20 Public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
Date
September 15, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Learn More Off Sale

Date
September 15, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Chicago Riverwalk Talks

Join us on the Riverwalk as we discuss “The River and Its Architecture – Work, Play and Live”. Learn about the River’s past and plans for the future, the Riverwalk design and why this new playscape is an exciting addition to Chicago.

Price
Free
Date
August 30, 2019 and 30 other times

Learn More

Date
August 30, 2019 and 30 other times

Mobile Architecture Lab

Ready to take the Chicago Architecture Center to the next level?! Visit our Mobile Architecture Lab on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 3pm to interact with the CAC exhibits in new and exciting ways. The lab features fun, hands-on activities…

Price
Free with CAC admission
Date
August 31, 2019 and 61 other times

Learn More

Date
August 31, 2019 and 61 other times

Daytime Talk: Architecture's Role in the History of Photography

Longtime CAC docent Patrick Pyszka will share insights on the interesting intersection of architecture and photography and explain how he sees this tradition continuing today in his job as principal photographer for the City of Chicago.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
August 28, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Learn More Off Sale

Date
August 28, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Chicago Cultural Center

Construct a LEGO® structure with arches, domes and vaults after seeing these architectural elements in-person on a short visit to the Chicago Cultural Center! Come learn about this amazing 1897 landmark and gain inspiration for your own creation.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
August 18, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Learn More Off Sale

Date
August 18, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Millennium Park Family Fun Tent

Join CAC at Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival from Aug. 5-9. We’ll offer engaging, hands-on activities to inspire families to discover why design matters! Learn about architecture and the city through activities that encourage looking, drawing…

Price
Free
Date
August 9, 2019 and 4 other times

Learn More

Date
August 9, 2019 and 4 other times

Read and Build: Science of Architecture

Have you ever wondered how buildings stand tall and strong? Join us to learn about the science of architecture! Drop in any time before 11am to enjoy multiple readings of “Elara STEM Girl” by Leela Ayyar.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
August 7, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Learn More Off Sale

Date
August 7, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Discovering Bronzeville’s Lost Past at IIT

Last year, an astonishing architectural discovery occurred at the Illinois Institute of Technology—remnants of a World’s Fair-era building were found under Crown Hall. Hear about Bronzeville’s lost past and how IIT is trying to recapture some of…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
July 31, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Learn More Off Sale

Date
July 31, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Pirates on the River

Argh you ready for a fun night on the river? Join the CAC Auxiliary Board on their annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting the CAC’s education programs! Guests will enjoy a sunset cruise with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and on-board entertainment…

Price
$150 per ticket
Date
July 30, 2019
Time
7:00 pm

Learn More Off Sale

Date
July 30, 2019
Time
7:00 pm

Girls Build! Summer 2019 Camp

In this week-long camp, you'll collaborate with other girls ages 11-14, develop leadership skills, meet female architects and learn about design thinking, engineering, architecture and digital design.

Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
Date
July 29, 2019
Time
9:00 am

Learn More Off Sale

Date
July 29, 2019
Time
9:00 am

How Bauhaus Took Hold in Chicago

Hear how Chicago inherited German Bauhaus design with a look at the lasting influence of two famed Illinois Institute of Technology professors: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and László Moholy-Nagy.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
July 26, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Learn More Off Sale

Date
July 26, 2019
Time
10:00 am