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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. 

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 18

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.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 18, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 18, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 11

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.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 11, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 11, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Architect Talk: The Humanistic Designs of Annabelle Selldorf

In this exclusive talk, New York-based architect Annabelle Selldorf will share common threads across her firm’s influential work, with a focus on museum and residential designs that utilize adaptive reuse or take cues from their historical surroundings…

Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members
Date
October 9, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
October 9, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 4

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.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 4, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 4, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Design Dialogues: The Obama Presidential Center

Don't miss this in-depth review of the latest plans for the Obama Presidential Center. Lead architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien will detail their work on this momentous project on Chicago's South Side. Space is limited.

Price
$35 public, $25 CAF members
Date
September 27, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
September 27, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Sept. 27

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.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 27, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
September 27, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Open House Chicago Preview 2018

Join CAC for a sneak peek of Open House Chicago (OHC), our free, annual architecture festival taking place Oct. 13-14. Hear about what’s new and exciting in this eighth year of the event.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
September 26, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
September 26, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

Girls Build! Fall 2018

This 8-week class invites girls ages 11-14 to understand architecture through the work of Chicago's historic women designers. We'll go on site visits in the city, research iconic figures and develop visual literacy and architecture design skills.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
September 23, 2018
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
September 23, 2018
Time
1:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Sept. 20

The September 20th Teen Open Studio has been cancelled.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 20, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
September 20, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Book Club - Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography

Historian and visiting lecturer Paul Steinbrecher will lead this two-part book club (September 17 and 24, 2018) around Franz Schulze’s revised and expanded biography of Modernist pioneer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Price
$40 public, $25 CAF members
Date
September 17, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
September 17, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Members Only: Extended hours at the CAC - Sept. 14

Make your Friday night great! From 5-8pm, CAC Members will get a unique opportunity to have the Center all to themselves! This after-hours event includes access to all the exhibits, including Building Tall and the Chicago City Model Experience.

Price
Free for CAC members
Date
September 14, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
September 14, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Members Only: Architecture Essentials - Sept. 13

Chicago is synonymous with architecture and Chicagoans—especially CAC members—love to share their knowledge of architecture with family and friends. Come learn fun architecture facts you can share again and again at this members-only event.

Price
Free to CAF members with RSVP
Date
September 13, 2018
Time
10:00 am

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Date
September 13, 2018
Time
10:00 am

CAC Member Celebration

Online registration for this event is now closed.

Price
Free with RSVP*
Date
August 30, 2018 and 11 other times

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Date
August 30, 2018 and 11 other times

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Rodeo on the River

Get your Western wear ready and join the CAC Auxiliary Board on their annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting CAC’s Teen Academy programs! Guests will enjoy a sunset cruise with world-class architecture, cocktails, delicious small bites and on-board…

Price
$125 per ticket, $1,000 and up for sponsorships
Date
August 7, 2018
Time
6:45 pm

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Date
August 7, 2018
Time
6:45 pm

Hip Hop Architecture Camp

Hip Hop Architecture Camp is a one-week intensive experience that challenges youth of underserved populations to explore the cultural implications of architecture in the built environment through the lens of hip hop culture.

Price
Free*
Date
August 6, 2018
Time
9:30 am

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Date
August 6, 2018
Time
9:30 am