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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 - Feb. 8

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
February 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Read and Build: Skyscrapers - February 7

Chicago is famous for its tall skyscrapers. Together we’ll dream up buildings of all shapes and sizes and create your own mini-skyscraper to take home. Drop in any time between 9am-noon for multiple readings of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty…

Price
Free (RSVP required)
Date
February 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
February 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Read and Build: Skyscrapers - February 4

Chicago is famous for its tall skyscrapers. Together we’ll dream up buildings of all shapes and sizes and create your own mini-skyscraper to take home. Drop in any time between 9am-noon for multiple readings of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty…

Price
Free (RSVP required)
Date
February 4, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
February 4, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Greening Tall: Naturalizing the Vertical Realm

The greening of tall buildings is reaching a new level of sophistication around the world, encompassing a movement to incorporate full-height planted walls, green roofs, wind turbines and the latest solar harvesting technology. Four experts debate the…

Price
$20 public, $12 CAF and CTBUH members
Date
February 1, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 1, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 1

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 1, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
February 1, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Rescuing the Congress Theater

Like many of Chicago’s grand movie palaces, the Congress Theater has seen better days. That doesn’t mean its best days are behind it. Join us for a talk with Woodhouse Tinucci Architects and theater owner Michael Moyer, the team leading an adaptive…

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members with RSVP*
Date
January 24, 2018
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
January 24, 2018
Time
12:15 pm

Book Talk: Eva Maddox's Groundbreaking Career in Interior Design

Join legendary interior designer Eva Maddox for an exploration of her work as featured in the new book, "Eva Maddox: Innovator, Designer, Educator" by Romy Wyllie. Stick around after the lecture for a book signing!

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
January 18, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 18, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Homes, January 7

What makes your house a home? Together we'll learn about many types of houses, then explore our materials library to make a mini-diorama of your home. Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Home” by Carson Ellis.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
January 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
January 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Read and Build: Homes, January 3

What makes your house a home? Together we'll learn about many types of houses, then explore our materials library to make a mini-diorama of your home. Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Home” by Carson Ellis.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
January 3, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
January 3, 2018
Time
9:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: The Railway Exchange Building

Why do buildings look the way they do? Architectural design is influenced by technology, materials and the city itself. Explore the Railway Exchange Building to learn why it looks the way it does, then recreate it using LEGO®.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
December 17, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
December 17, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Biennial Teen Studio: YWCA

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
December 16, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
December 16, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - December 14

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the BP Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5-7pm, Oct. 19 through Dec. 14 (excluding Nov. 23).

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
December 14, 2017
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
December 14, 2017
Time
5:00 pm

CAF Member Reception: "Hamilton"

Join CAF at The PrivateBank Theatre on Dec. 13 for a cocktail reception and performance of the landmark musical, "Hamilton."

Price
$300 CAF members
Date
December 13, 2017
Time
6:10 pm

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Date
December 13, 2017
Time
6:10 pm

Members Only: Holiday Tea at the Drake

Join us for an afternoon of style, featuring a tour that explains the Drake Hotel's history, architecture and design.

Price
$75 CAF members
Date
December 11, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
December 11, 2017
Time
1:00 pm