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At the 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 the CAC. 

Members' Night

On March 13, enjoy the CAC after-hours at this special members-only celebration. Mingle with fellow architecture enthusiasts, enjoy light snacks and beverages, take a mini-tour through the CAC and hear about Chicago’s newest architecture developments…

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How to Avert a Preservation Crisis in Chicago

The Chicago Historic Resources Survey hasn’t been updated in years, and gaps in its coverage place significant buildings at risk of hasty demolition. Hear a diverse group of experts discuss the urgent need to create a new survey.

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Teen Open Studio - Mar. 7

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.

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Read and Build: Materials + Construction

Join us on our imaginary construction site as we explore building materials and test innovations that keep our buildings standing tall! Drop in any time to enjoy a reading of “Mighty Mighty Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey Rinker.

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Teen Open Studio - Feb. 28

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.

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Teen Open Studio - Feb. 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.

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Reimagining Chicago's Alleys and Garages

Join us for a conversation with six designers, policymakers and artists who are re-imagining Chicago’s alleys and garages as vibrant civic spaces. This program coincides with the release of a new book, "Rebel Garages,” by the CAC and Future Firm.

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LEGO® Build Workshop: Apple Store

Foster + Partners’ Apple Michigan Avenue store is an impressive, airy glass box with a curved-edge roof. Come learn about the engineering and structure of the building, and create your own LEGO® version of the store!

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Tall & Timber: Chicago's First Wooden Skyscraper

When you think of tall building materials, steel and concrete likely come to mind. But now, wood skyscrapers are moving closer to becoming a reality. Hear about the proposed River Beech Tower, an 80-story timber high-rise designed by Perkins+Will.

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International Dialogues: Big Data in Big Cities

How is the collection and dissemination of big data changing how we plan and build cities? This virtual meet-up, held in conjunction with New London Architecture, will highlight how two global cities—Chicago and London—are using open data to positively…

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