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Until further notice, all CAC walking tours are suspended and the Center at 111 E. Wacker Dr. is closed, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Illinois.

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. 

Read and Build: Bridges

Chicago is known for its iconic bridges. Join us for a reading of “Twenty-One Elephants” by April Jones Prince, build a bridge from a variety of wacky supplies, and then test how much weight it can hold!

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Daytime Talk: Building the New Chicago City Model

The newly expanded Chicago City Model Experience features more than 4,000 buildings and interactive elements that help visitors interpret and understand the city. Come learn how the model was made and hear stories about the work behind the upgrades.

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Family Build: Bridges

Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, but it's also known for its innovative bridges. We'll learn about three types of bridges and how engineers built them. We'll also build our own bridges and test their strength.

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LEGO® Build Workshop: Bridges

Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, but it's also known for its innovative bridges. Learn about the Michigan Avenue bridge, a trunnion bascule that was invented right here in Chicago!

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Teen Open Studio - Nov. 15

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 - Nov. 8

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 - Nov. 1

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: Skyscrapers

How do skyscrapers stand so tall? We'll explore tall buildings by taking a walk through the Drake Skyscraper Gallery at the CAC, listening to a reading of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty and building a mini skyscraper to take home.

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Residential Architecture: From Mansions to Modernism

Many of Chicago's most luxurious residential buildings are located along the lakefront. Historian Julia Bachrach will illuminate the fascinating story of Chicago's residential lakefront architecture from the 1870s through the 1970s in four two-hour classes…

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