Architect Talk: Werner Sobek on Bringing Bold Ideas to Life
Architect and engineer Werner Sobek has a knack for making the world’s most complex designs possible. His imaginative structural solutions have aided the work of Helmut Jahn, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Rem Koolhaas and others over a fruitful career.
CAC Live: Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago and the Civil War
Rosehill Cemetery is the final resting place of many individuals involved in the Civil War including political leaders, newspaper editors who shaped public opinion and officers who led brigades.
CAC Live: Design Dialogues: Healthy Buildings and the Workplace
The pandemic puts health and safety in the workplace to the test, with improved airflow and sanitation taking on new urgency. Learn what goes into designing healthy buildings and how these approaches apply to office and residential settings alike.
Behind-the-Scenes Virtual Tour: St. Regis Chicago (formerly Vista Tower)
Don’t miss this donor-exclusive virtual tour of the nearly complete St. Regis Chicago (formerly Vista Tower). The architect-led tour reveals design and engineering moves, newly finished spaces and sweeping skyline views. A live Q&A follows.
CHICAGO-LONDON INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE: Tall Buildings & the Zero-Carbon Agenda
Join designers and planners from Chicago and London as we discuss how tall buildings and the zero-carbon agenda affect both cities.
CAC Live: The Evolution of School Design in Chicago
From historic buildings that escaped the Chicago Fire of 1871 to stunning contemporary designs, explore how Chicago's schools have been adapted for today's needs.
Skyscraper Innovations: The Construction Materials Defining Chicago's Newest Tall Buildings
Twenty-one years in to the new millennium, innovative construction materials are altering Chicago in noticeable ways. CAC docent Kevin Griebenow highlights changes in skyscraper construction and engineering tied to recent material breakthroughs.
Film Screening & Discussion: “The Shame of Chicago”
Join us for an exclusive screening of Episode 3 of Bruce Orenstein’s new documentary series, The Shame of Chicago, exploring predatory contract home sales in Chicago after World War II. Moderated discussion to follow.
CAC Live: Architect Talk: Lawrence Scarpa with Planning Commissioner Maurice Cox
Brooks + Scarpa founding principal Lawrence Scarpa explores how design excellence can revolutionize housing for communities in need, in conversation with Maurice Cox, Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development.
Japan to Chicago: Architectural Connections
Architecture in Chicago has long drawn influence from Japan. Trace the connections beginning with parallels to Japanese architectural tradition found in Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and continuing on to Japanese architects practicing in Chicago today.
Book Talk: Historian Carl Smith on Chicago’s Great Fire
2021 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. Join author Carl Smith as he discusses his new work of nonfiction, Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City.
Virtual Tour: Go Inside Studio Gang’s Solstice on the Park
Don’t miss this up-close investigation of Studio Gang’s exciting new project, Solstice on the Park. Learn how the building carries forward a tradition of architectural innovation in Hyde Park, and see what life is like inside its unique apartments…
Book Talk: “Between the Leaves: On Housing” with Canopy & Friends
Join us as we celebrate the release of Canopy Architecture + Design’s new publication, Between the Leaves: On Housing, exploring the major challenges in creating affordable housing and what we can do to support initiatives in our communities.
Book Talk: “Chicago: An Illustrated Timeline”
Every city has its foundational stories. In this talk, CAC Program Director Hallie Rosen discusses Chicago: An Illustrated Timeline with author and CAC docent Ellen Shubart, which chronicles the city’s growth from Midwestern outpost to global metropolis…
Stained Glass: Magic Spaces in Architectural Places
First coming to prominence in the Middle Ages, stained glass has been enhancing buildings around the world for thousands of years. Join us as we explore architecturally significant buildings on Michigan Avenue that feature the magic of stained glass.
Revisiting Learning from North Lawndale
The 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial traces its roots back to a groundbreaking 2006 CAC (then Chicago Architecture Foundation) exhibit, Learning from North Lawndale: Past, Present and Future. Revisit the making of the exhibit and explore the richness…
In Case You Missed It: New Buildings from our Pandemic Year
While COVID-19 has driven us indoors and online, Chicago architects have still been bringing their visions to life around town. In this special edition of our Current Projects series, we spotlight exciting new works from the past year. This program is…
Celebrating Design Excellence in Chicago's Neighborhoods
Join us as we celebrate 25 years of the Driehaus Foundation Award, which encourages quality design in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Our panel discussion will explore the impact of the award and the unique and inspiring partnerships it has fostered. This…
Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in the Face of Urban Change
Join us in a conversation with representatives of the Bronzeville Historical Society, Chinese American Museum of Chicago and the National Hellenic Museum on safeguarding cultural heritage in the face of urban change. This program is part of Open House…
CAC Live: Chicago's Most Endangered Buildings 2021
What buildings in Chicago are most endangered this year? Find out at the unveiling of the 19th annual “Chicago 7,” a list from Preservation Chicago that identifies significant structures preservationists hope to protect from the wrecking ball.
CAC Live: Hindsight 2020: Chicago Design and Development in a Turbulent Year
Don’t miss this special year-in-review program with CAC President and CEO Lynn Osmond. Hear how local architects, planners and developers pushed ahead with key projects and initiatives during a most challenging 2020.
CAC Live: Reflections of an Architecture Critic: A Conversation with Blair Kamin
During 28 years as architecture critic at the Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin deepened civic awareness of design. Join Kamin as he revisits three decades of skyline-shaping towers, imaginative local projects and transformations of the public realm.
CAC Live: Architect Talk: 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates Grafton Architects
Don’t miss this lecture from 2020 Pritzker Prize laureates Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects, co-presented with the Irish Consulate General in Chicago. Founded in 1978, Grafton lays claim to noteworthy buildings worldwide.
CAC Live: The Fields: Wrigley, Soldier and Guaranteed Rate
Chicago has a storied sports history. Join CAC docent Kent Foutty at this virtual program to learn about the architecture of three fields—one old, one new and one completely redesigned—where many of those stories took place.
CAC Live: Sacred Spaces in Downtown Chicago
Chicago’s skyscraper-studded downtown core is home to a surprising number of houses of worship, serving believers of multiple faiths and representing a wide variety of architectural styles. Join CAC docent David Utech as he highlights six of them.
Architect Talk: The Boundary-Breaking Designs of Jeanne Gang
Don’t miss this signature lecture with internationally renowned architect Jeanne Gang, founding principal of Studio Gang. In more than 20 years of practice, Studio Gang has pushed the envelope to create stunning buildings and landscapes that strengthen…
“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Rhymefest
Exclusively for CAC members • Join hip-hop artist, community organizer, teacher and writer Che “Rhymefest” Kweku on a virtual tour to places that changed the course of his life and career, in Chicago’s Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods.
“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Robert Loerzel
Exclusively for CAC members • ”Walking Chicago” author, freelance journalist and photographer Robert Loerzel shares some of his favorite buildings and places in Edgewater and Rogers Park during this virtual tour.
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.
“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Carol Ross Barney
Exclusively for CAC members • Hear fascinating stories about the multi-year, award-winning Chicago Riverwalk project, from two women who worked together to bring it to fruition: architect Carol Ross Barney and CAC docent Michelle Woods.
Book Talk: “Evanston’s Design Heritage: Architects, Designers and Planners”
Join OHC 2020 community partner Design Evanston for a look at its new book, "Evanston’s Design Heritage," featuring 127 notable architects, designers, landscape architects and planners who lived or worked in the suburb since its founding in 1863.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
CAC Live: Reimagining the Skyscraper with Ole Scheeren
International architecture practice Buro Ole Scheeren Group is helping re-imagine the form and function of skyscrapers around the world. Founding principal Ole Scheeren will illuminate the firm’s unique approach to every project.
CAC Live: If the Walls of Farnsworth House Could Talk
Hear the fascinating story behind Farnsworth House, an iconic International Style home located about 60 miles west of Chicago designed by famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
CAC Live: Daniel Burnham: Realist or Idealist?
A prolific architect, trailblazing city planner and civic leader, Daniel Burnham has been described as both a pragmatic realist and a visionary idealist. CAC docent Marcia Matavulj dives into this apparent contradiction on July 25 and Sept. 5.
CAC Live: "American Warsaw" Book Talk
Chicago author and historian Dominic A. Pacyga leads this presentation on his 2019 book “American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago,” which explores the impact Chicago’s Polish community has made on the city’s culture and politics…
CAC Live: Printers Row Virtual Tour on Facebook Live
Tune in to the CAC’s Facebook page for a 45-minute, virtual walking tour with CAC docent Mike McMains about Printers Row, a unique landmark district filled with beautiful mid-rise commercial buildings, many converted to residential lofts.
CAC Live: The Future of Transportation and Urban Mobility
Part of the CAC's “What's Next” series • COVID-19 has created significant challenges to urban transit systems and efforts to reshape mobility in cities worldwide. Hear what strategies are on the table in Chicago for the future of transportation…
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…
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.
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…
CAC Live: Exploring Urban Excellence: Sustaining Vibrant Urban Places in an Era of Social Distancing
Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • Bringing people, ideas, goods and services together are hallmarks of urban life. So how are places designed with that in mind adapting to the challenges—both immediate and prolonged—of the current…
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.