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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. 

Securing Tall: What's the Biggest Threat to a Skyscraper?

Building a skyscraper today also means preparing for possible threats: earthquakes, strong winds, environmental deterioration and terrorist plots, to name a few. Four experts address these critical issues for tall buildings of the future.

Price
$20 public, $12 CAF and CTBUH members
Date
May 18, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
May 18, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Construction Site Shapes

Trucks on a construction site have a lot of jobs! They push and pull, lift and twist, and scoop and pour. We'll trace shapes to create trucks, test out tools and build with blocks. Drop in between 9am and 12pm for readings of "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction…

Price
Free
Date
May 7, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
May 7, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Design Dialogues: Where We'll Live in 2050

What does urban living look like in the future? Join CAF and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) as we host a discussion with policy and design experts about the way our city and suburbs might change to become more livable in the coming…

Price
$15 public, $10 CMAP members, $7 CAF members
Date
May 4, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
May 4, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Switch on Summer

Watch Buckingham Fountain spring to life at ComEd’s annual "Switch on Summer" event! Listen to live music and take part in free family activities from 4-7pm and admire the fountain when it gets turned on at 6pm.

Price
Free
Date
May 6, 2017
Time
4:00 pm

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Date
May 6, 2017
Time
4:00 pm

Members Only: "Aladdin" Reception

Join us and take in the mystical world of Aladdin! We’ll start with a presentation from a member of the Aladdin production team who will discuss sets, costumes and more. After the presentation, enjoy the Cadillac Palace Suite for a reception before…

Price
$198 CAF Members
Date
April 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Book Signing - "Chicago: Classic Photographs"

The new book "Chicago: Classic Photographs" showcases 100 images of the city taken over the past century by revered photographers. Enjoy a tour through the collection and a book signing with editors Richard Cahan and Michael Williams.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
April 26, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
April 26, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

ArcLight Presents... Architecture Afternoons with CAF

We partnered with ArcLight Cinemas Chicago to bring you an exclusive monthly film series that explores how filmmakers use our city and its architecture to tell extraordinary stories. The selected films will be screened and followed by a discussion and…

Price
$14.50 public and CAF members
Date
April 23, 2017
Time
2:00 pm

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Date
April 23, 2017
Time
2:00 pm

Donor Travel Program: Bentonville, Arkansas

Join CAF for a curated trip to Bentonville, Arkansas. We'll visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (including a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house) and the Thorncrown Chapel. Lodging will be at the trendy 21c Museum Hotel. Travelers may add an…

Price
$1,679 per member (based on double occupancy)*, $2,129 per member (single occupancy)*
Date
April 22, 2017
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
April 22, 2017
Time
5:00 pm

Saturday Studio: April

Join us from 12-3pm in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio to work with architects, designers and professional mentors from the Chicago area. These hands-on studios help develop basic architecture and design skills while solving real-world challenges.

Price
Free
Date
April 22, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
April 22, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Chicago's Landscape Legacy with Julia Bachrach

Chicago has a tremendous legacy of landscape design. In this four-part educational series, historian Julia Bachrach leads discussions on the evolution of landscape architecture in Chicago and takes us on a half-day tour to influential sites.

Price
$125 public, $98 CAF members
Date
April 19, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 19, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Current Projects: The Changing Face of Fulton Market

Once a landscape of butchers and purveyors, Fulton Market is suddenly Chicago’s hottest district for development. Major undertakings by developer Sterling Bay are bringing new dynamism to the area. Join us to review the design of two key projects.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
April 13, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 13, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s No Small Plans 2017 Gala

The 2017 Chicago Architecture Foundation Gala, No Small Plans, will take place on Thursday, April 6, at Morgan MFG in the West Loop. Proceeds will benefit CAF's education initiatives for Chicago students. Cocktail attire suggested.

Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 6, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 6, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Animal Homes

Creatures of all shapes and sizes have homes. Come build a home that is just right for your favorite animal! We’ll make a mini-diorama and create an animal out of clay. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for multiple readings of "Home" by Carson…

Price
Free
Date
April 2, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
April 2, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Daytime Talk: Creative Reuse of Yesterday's Public Buildings

Obsolete public structures can be found in every Chicago neighborhood. Increasingly, however, these spaces are not being demolished. Architects are assisting in their preservation by re-defining the buildings through creative reuse.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
March 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
March 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

Saturday Studio: March

Explore social impact design from 12-3pm with guest architect Ashley Rodriguez, associate at Demonica Kemper Architects. We’ll see examples of her work, go on a walking tour in the Loop and use sketching and bubble diagrams to develop our own designs…

Price
Free
Date
March 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
March 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm