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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. 

Girls Build! Day

This event has reached capacity. Inquiries about Girls Build! Day can be directed to Angela Esposito at aesposito@architecture.org.

Price
$8 public (adult chaperones), $6 CAC members (adult chaperones), Free for students ages 11-17
Date
January 11, 2020
Time
10:00 am

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Date
January 11, 2020
Time
10:00 am

Book Talk: The South Side's Unsung Architectural Treasures

The rich architecture of Chicago’s South Side has never truly gotten its due—until now. Join photographer, historian and architecture critic Lee Bey for a look at his new book, “Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
January 16, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 16, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Saturday Studio: Advocating for Architecture with AIA Illinois

Join the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois to learn about real-world design issues and how buildings become a reality—from funding to government approval. Then, split into teams to debate why advocating for good design is important.

Price
Free with registration
Date
January 18, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
January 18, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Imagine

Take a guided tour through the CAC to explore technological innovations architects and engineers use to keep building higher, then use your imagination to build your own innovative structure with LEGO®!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
January 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Animal Habitats

Creatures of all shapes and sizes have homes. Come learn about different types of homes and build a habitat that is just right for your favorite animal with LEGO®!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
December 15, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
December 15, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Dec. 12

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
December 12, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
December 12, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

2019 Year in Review: Chicago Design and Development

Don’t miss this special year-end summary of the biggest design and development trends in Chicago with CAC President and CEO Lynn Osmond. Hear about a wide range of transformative projects underway across the city.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
December 11, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
December 11, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Dec. 5

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
December 5, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
December 5, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 21

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
November 21, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
November 21, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

The Versatile Skyscraper of the Future

What does the future hold for skyscrapers? We’ll take a look at buildings with flexible floor plates, movable walls, robotic features and other abilities to reconfigure. What bold innovations are still to come? Hear from our panel of experts.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC Members
Date
November 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
November 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Member Double Discount Days

Kick start your holiday shopping at the CAC during Member Double Discount Days on November 16–24! Members get first access to the best holiday gifts and a special discount of 25% on all store purchases! Check everything off your list and take a walk…

Price
Free
Date
November 16, 2019
Time
9:00 am

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Date
November 16, 2019
Time
9:00 am

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 14

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
November 14, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
November 14, 2019
Time
5:00 pm