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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. 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Date
July 26, 2019
Time
10:00 am

No Small Plans Professional Development Workshop

This training, on July 24 and 25, will familiarize participating educators with themes and issues within the graphic novel, and explain how they can use the graphic novel to support teaching and learning in the classroom.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
July 24, 2019
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 24, 2019
Time
9:00 am

Geoffrey Baer's Architecture Road Trips

Planning a late-summer getaway? On July 22 CAC docent and WTTW host Geoffrey Baer will share his architecture road trip suggestions during this special event. Learn about rewarding stops in popular destinations and must-see sites in smaller towns.

Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $20 CAC members
Date
July 22, 2019 and 1 other time

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Date
July 22, 2019 and 1 other time

Design Your Neighborhood Camp

Discover the history of Chicago and collaborate with your fellow campers to design and build an ideal neighborhood during this week-long urban planning camp for ages 11-14. Each camper receives a copy of the graphic novel "No Small Plans."

Price
$480 public, $384 CAC members
Date
July 22, 2019
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 22, 2019
Time
9:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: Engineering Bridges

Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, but it's also known for its innovative bridges. Learn about the Michigan Avenue bridge, a trunnion bascule that was invented right here in Chicago. Build our own bridge and test its strength!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
July 21, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
July 21, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Architecture Camp

Get an introduction to architecture basics by exploring buildings, bridges and iconic structures along the Chicago River. This week-long camp for ages 7-10 will include walking tours, sketching exercises and model building.

Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
Date
July 15, 2019
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 15, 2019
Time
9:00 am

Family Build

Design and build with your family on Sunday mornings in the studio, where themed stations will introduce you to architecture basics. Take part in design challenges and make a take home project.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
July 7, 2019 and 12 other times

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Date
July 7, 2019 and 12 other times

Read and Build: Inventions

Use your imagination to invent structures out of odds and ends, then test the strength of your creations! Drop in any time before 11am to enjoy multiple readings of “Audrey the Amazing Inventor” by Rachel Valentine.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
July 3, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
July 3, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Frank Lloyd Wright's Penwern: A Summer Estate

Author and photographer Mark Hertzberg presents on his new book about Penwern, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed vacation estate on Lake Delevan in southern Wisconsin. Come learn about the harmony between four structures on a breathtaking 10-acre site.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
June 26, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
June 26, 2019
Time
12:00 pm