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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. 

CAC Live: History of the "L" Virtual Tour on Facebook Live

Tune in to the CAC’s Facebook page for a 45-minute, virtual walking tour about the history of the “L” with CAC docent Mike McMains, who’ll livestream interesting perspectives, tell stories at street level and take questions LIVE in the comments…

Price
Free
Date
August 11, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
August 11, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

CAC Live: Retail Revolution on State Street

Join CAC docent Brian Kelly on July 1 or August 8 as he shares how innovative collaborations between merchants and architects, along with the emergence of architecturally significant department stores, brought a retail revolution to State Street.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 8, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
August 8, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

2020 Auxiliary Board Riverwalk Fundraiser

The CAC Auxiliary Board’s annual river cruise fundraiser has been converted into an exciting virtual experience for 2020! Take a CAC-curated, self-guided tour of the Chicago Riverwalk and attend an online event to support the CAC Teen Fellows program…

Price
$25 Public, $25 CAC members
Date
August 6, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
August 6, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

CAC Live: Chicago's Riverwalk

Hear the story of the Chicago Riverwalk on June 20 or August 5 from Michelle Woods, a CAC docent and City of Chicago project manager who oversees the maintenance, operations and concession program for the 1.25-mile trail.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 5, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

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Date
August 5, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

Architecture Camp 1.0

Ready to think like an architect? Join us June 29-July 3 or July 6-10 for a virtual camp to learn architecture basics. Campers ages 8-10 will be introduced to sketching and model building through guided lessons, activities and virtual walking tours.

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CAC Live: Wrigleyville Tour

Take a virtual walk around Wrigley Field and learn interesting tidbits about the architecture surrounding the historic baseball stadium on this 45-minute tour with CAC docent Kent Foutty on August 2.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 2, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
August 2, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: Murals of Chicago

Discover the stories behind murals across Chicago on June 24 or August 1 with CAC docent Maurice Champagne. Learn how talented muralists use public art to enliven architecture, reflect social issues and honor both ordinary people and famous figures.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 1, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
August 1, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

CAC Live: "This Used to Be Chicago" Book Talk

Every building has a past. Ellen Shubart talks with author and fellow CAC docent Joni Hirsch Blackman about Blackman’s book, “This Used to be Chicago,” and the stories it reveals about nearly 90 local buildings.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
July 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

CAC Live: Alta Vista Terrace Tour

Hear the secrets and stories behind a stretch of row houses situated between Wrigley Field and Graceland Cemetery on this live, 45-minute virtual tour of Alta Vista Terrace with CAC docent Kent Foutty, offered July 26 and 28.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 28, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
July 28, 2020 and 1 other time

Design Your Neighborhood Camp 2.0

Discover the Chicago history and collaborate with fellow campers to design and build an ideal neighborhood in this online urban planning camp July 20-24. Campers ages 11-14 will go on virtual tours and talk with experts about their design decisions.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 20, 2020
Time
10:15 am

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Date
July 20, 2020
Time
10:15 am

Design Your Neighborhood Camp 1.0

Explore what makes Chicago’s neighborhoods unique and reimagine a corner of your own neighborhood at this virtual camp July 20-24 for ages 8-10. Learn introductory model making, sketching and observational skills.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 20, 2020
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 20, 2020
Time
9:00 am

CAC Live: Women of Influence Graceland Cemetery Tour

Discover women who made lasting impacts on Chicago with a visit to their final resting places in Graceland Cemetery. CAC docent Mary Jo Hoag leads this 45-minute live, virtual tour in the beautiful North Side cemetery on July 7 and July 12.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 12, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
July 12, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

Parks and Playgrounds Camp

Redesign a green space at this virtual camp July 6-10 for ages 11-14. Through guided lessons, hands-on activities and explorations of their neighborhoods, campers will learn about landscape architecture and the importance of parks and public spaces.

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CAC Live: Women in Architecture Tour

Take a 45-minute live, virtual tour with CAC docent Mary Jo Hoag on June 30 or July 5 to discover stunning buildings designed by female architects. Highlights include the Equitable Building, Aqua Tower, Vista Tower and more.

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