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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. 

Building Tall: How High Can We Go?

Sixty years ago Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned a mile high tower for Chicago. Finally, we have entered the era of the mega-tall skyscraper (2,000+ feet). How high can buildings possibly go? Our expert speakers tackle this and more.

Price
$20 public, $12 CAF and CTBUH members
Date
March 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Design Dialogues: Whose Lakefront is it Anyway?

The Public Trust Doctrine introduced Chicagoans to the notion of an open, public lakefront. While many agree with the doctrine, the past century has been filled with battles over the land. Our panel discusses our lakefront’s past and future.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
March 14, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 14, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Build Strong

What makes a building strong? Touch materials like steel and concrete, then design your own house to keep out the big bad wolf! Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for readings of "The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale" by Steven Guarnaccia.

Price
Free
Date
March 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
March 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Architecture is Art: Mark Dion and David Rockwell

The lines between art and architecture are further blurred when artist Mark Dion meets up with architect and designer David Rockwell (of Rockwell Group). Presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Price
$10 public, $8 CAF and/or MCA members
Date
February 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Saturday Studio: February

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
February 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Members Only Travel Program: San Diego, California

Join CAF as we explore San Diego's rich architecture from Spanish Colonial and Victorian buildings to Modern masterpieces such as the Salk Institute. The Pacific coast is calling you!

Price
$1,550 per member (based on double occupancy) , $2,045 per member (single occupancy)
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
February 22, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Uptown Theatre

Hear about the past and future of the Uptown Theatre, a movie palace at the corner of Lawrence and Broadway. Designed by Rapp and Rapp, the elaborate Balaban and Katz Uptown Theatre has remained shuttered since 1981.

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

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Date
February 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

Book Club: Nature's Metropolis

Join this two-part book club for a discussion of William Cronon’s trailblazing environmental work. Nature's Metropolis looks at how 19th-century Chicago became a bustling commercial hub due to unique ecological and economic circumstances.

Price
$50 public, $40 CAF members
Date
February 15, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 15, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Current Projects: New Skyscrapers on the Park

Hear about three new towers overlooking Grant Park that will transform the South Loop skyline: 1000M (by JAHN), Essex on the Park (by Hartshorne Plunkard/Oxford Capital) and One Grant Park (by Rafael Viñoly Architects).

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
February 9, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 9, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Gizmos and Gadgets

Are you an inventor? Construct a great invention from odds and ends, test it out and celebrate the flops and failures. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty.

Price
Free
Date
February 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
February 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Design Dialogues: A Look Inside the Clinton Presidential Center

As Chicago prepares for the Obama Presidential Center, hear from architect Richard Olcott (Ennead Architects) and landscape architect Mary Margaret Jones (Hargreaves Associates). They were key to the vision and design of the Clinton Presidential Center…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
January 26, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 26, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Micro Apartments

Join Susan King from Harley Ellis Devereaux as she discusses Lake Street Studios, the award-winning West Loop residence she designed in 2015, and why she believes micro units are vital to sustaining our city’s social fabric.

Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
January 25, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
January 25, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Wabash Tower

In this month's LEGO® Build, we'll investigate Wabash Tower, a "vertical campus" for college students with classrooms, dormitories and a cafeteria. Join us from 12–3pm for a mini-walking tour to Wabash Tower, then recreate it using LEGO®.

Price
$12 public, FREE for CAF members
Date
January 15, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 15, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Winter Fun Festival

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but we’re having lots of fun at CAF! Drop in any time between 10am and 2pm for a special winter celebration full of hands-on activities and, of course, some hot chocolate with marshmallows. We'll design and build…

Price
Free
Date
December 17, 2016
Time
10:00 am

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Date
December 17, 2016
Time
10:00 am

Architect Talk: Reimagining the Public Library

“Composition, Contrast, Complexity” is a perfect summary of the rich sensory journey visitors experience in a space designed by Mecanoo Architects. It’s also the title of founding partner Francine Houben’s book about the Dutch firm. Join Houben…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
December 8, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
December 8, 2016
Time
6:00 pm