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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. 

Daytime Talk: “Chicago’s Fabulous Fountains” with Greg Borzo

Chicago is home to more than 100 fountains, from stately and eclectic to sober and whimsical. Greg Borzo’s new book, “Chicago’s Fabulous Fountains,” captures the whole spectrum. Come hear him share stories about some of the city’s favorite public…

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members with RSVP*
Date
October 25, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
October 25, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

Current Projects: Renewing our Cultural Resources Through Design

A bold new crop of cultural spaces designed by local architects is popping up in Chicago. Hear the story behind several new museum and theater designs by Studio Gang, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and Wheeler Kearns Architects.

Price
$7 CAF Members, $15 public
Date
October 24, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
October 24, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Biennial Teen Studio: Hyde Park Art Center

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 24, 2017
Time
4:00 pm

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Date
October 24, 2017
Time
4:00 pm

Biennial Teen Studio: DuSable Museum of African American History

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 21, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
October 21, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

Biennial Teen Studio: Marillac Social Center

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 21, 2017
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 21, 2017
Time
10:00 am

Biennial Teen Studio: Chicago Cultural Center, October 21

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 21, 2017
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 21, 2017
Time
10:00 am

John Vinci: Life and Landmarks

IIT Architecture and the Mies van der Rohe Society honor John Vinci and celebrate the new book by Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren: "John Vinci: Life and Landmarks."

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 19, 2017
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
October 19, 2017
Time
5:30 pm

Book Talk: "Architects' Gravesites" with Henry Kuehn

Join author, docent and CAF life trustee Henry Kuehn for a tour through images and anecdotes from his new book, "Architects’ Gravesites: A Serendipitous Guide."

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 18, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
October 18, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Architect Talk: Toward an Architecture of Optimism with James Timberlake

Join us for a review of seminal projects by Kieran Timberlake as the firm’s newest design, the U.S. Embassy in London, prepares to open. Founding Principal James Timberlake will discuss the critical considerations involved in designing for diplomacy…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF member
Date
October 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
October 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Biennial Teen Studio: Thurgood Marshall Library Branch, Oct. 9

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 9, 2017
Time
3:00 pm

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Date
October 9, 2017
Time
3:00 pm

Biennial Teen Studio: Humboldt Park Library Branch, Oct. 9

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 9, 2017
Time
3:00 pm

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Date
October 9, 2017
Time
3:00 pm

Biennial Teen Studio: Chicago Cultural Center, October 7

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 7, 2017
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 7, 2017
Time
10:00 am

Biennial Teacher Training - October 4

Bring the Chicago Architecture Biennial into your classroom this fall! Teachers are invited to attend a free training from 5-7pm to learn more about the Biennial’s themes and how it can support teaching and learning.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 4, 2017
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 4, 2017
Time
5:00 pm

Read and Build: Home Sweet Home

Homes come in all shapes and sizes. Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House” by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood, then build your own home with unique features. Together, we’ll create…

Price
Free
Date
October 1, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
October 1, 2017
Time
9:00 am