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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. 

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.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
June 29, 2020
Time
9:00 am

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Date
June 29, 2020
Time
9:00 am

Architecture Camp 2.0

How do you take something old and make it new again? Campers ages 11-14 will use iconic Chicago buildings as case studies at this virtual camp June 29-July 3 to reimagine an existing building or empty space in their neighborhood for a new purpose.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
June 29, 2020
Time
10:15 am

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Date
June 29, 2020
Time
10:15 am

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.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 5, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
July 5, 2020 and 1 other time

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.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 6, 2020
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 6, 2020
Time
9:00 am

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.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 6, 2020
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 6, 2020
Time
9:00 am

CAC Live: Graceland Cemetery

Join CAC docent Dick Clark on June 6 or June 17 as he shares fascinating stories about Chicago’s beautiful and serene Graceland Cemetery—from the lives of the people laid to rest there to a large variety of interesting monuments.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
June 17, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
June 17, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: Chicago's Downtown Theatre District

On June 13 or June 16, learn about the architecture, history and famous people that have made Chicago’s Downtown Theatre District a global destination for entertainment, from the mid−19th century to today.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
June 16, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
June 16, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: What House Museums Tell Us

Join museum expert and CAC Education Facilitator Paul Neumann as he looks at a broad array of house museums across the U.S., including Pabst Mansion, Glass House and Hearst Castle, along with Chicago’s Glessner House and Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
June 15, 2020
Time
2:00 pm

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Date
June 15, 2020
Time
2:00 pm

CAC Live: The Future of the Hospital

Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • Rush University Medical Center is uniquely suited to contain infectious diseases and respond to surges that occur during public health crises. What lessons does it offer for architects of future hospitals?

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
June 5, 2020
Time
8:30 am

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Date
June 5, 2020
Time
8:30 am

CAC Live: Contemporary Tour

This live, 45-minute virtual tour on May 26 or 31 with docent Mike McMains describes the influences of the Contemporary style, defines its characteristics and profiles several wonderful buildings from the last 20 years and their amazing architects.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 31, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
May 31, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: Chicago Architecture, Page by Page

Explore the fascinating intersections between Chicago’s architecture and works of literature at this visual presentation with CAC docent Leanne Star on May 27 or 30.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 30, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
May 30, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: "The Kitchen" Book Talk

On a mission to design the perfect kitchen of his own, historic preservationist John Ota traveled across North America to find inspiration in the kitchens of famed figures. Hear more about his journey, as documented in his new book “The Kitchen.”

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC Members
Date
May 27, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
May 27, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Celluloid Skylines: An At-Home Architectural Film Festival

Offered in partnership with the Music Box Theatre, this four-day, at-home film festival explores how filmmakers use architecture to tell extraordinary stories. Stream the movies at home, then join CAC staff and guest experts for discussion.

Price
$9 per post-screening discussion; four-film festival passes $27, $7 per post-screening discussion; four-film festival passes $21 (CAC & Music Box Theatre members)
Date
May 25, 2020 and 3 other times

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Date
May 25, 2020 and 3 other times

CAC Live: Brutalism and Post-Modernism Tour

Modernism was the dominant style of high-rise architecture from the 1960s through the 1980s, but not everyone was a fan. Learn about new styles that emerged as reactions—Brutalism and Postmodernism—on this live, 45-minute tour on May 19 or 24.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
May 24, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
May 24, 2020 and 1 other time