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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. 

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Party Like It’s 1966!

Join the Chicago Architecture Foundation Auxiliary Board for the annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting CAF’s Taliesin Scholars. We're continuing CAF's 50th Anniversary celebrations with cocktails, small bites, raffle prizes and on-board entertainment…

Price
$125 per ticket, $625 for 6 tickets (buy 5, get 1 free) , $1,260 for 12 tickets (buy 10, get 2 free)
Date
August 9, 2016
Time
6:45 pm

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Date
August 9, 2016
Time
6:45 pm

Read and Build: Last Stop on Market Street

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt Pena. At each of our activity stations, we'll explore what makes a neighborhood special and paint with patterns to create a mixed-media community…

Price
FREE
Date
August 7, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
August 7, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Members Only Travel Program: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Join us for an exclusive four-day, three-night experience featuring Pittsburgh's architectural treasures. Along the way, you’ll find out why "The New Yorker" magazine said, "If Pittsburgh were situated somewhere in the heart of Europe, tourists would…

Price
$1,200 per member (based on double occupancy) , $1,500 per member (single occupancy)
Date
August 4, 2016
Time
3:00 pm

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Date
August 4, 2016
Time
3:00 pm

Summer Camp: Minecraft: Build a City

What does a city need to be green and great? Campers ages 11-14 will explore solutions in the Loop and build the answers in Minecraft.

Price
$600 non-members, $510 CAF members
Date
August 1, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
August 1, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Summer Camp: Catwalk Playlist

Design isn't just about architecture—it's a part of the fashion and music worlds, too! Campers ages 11-14 will explore how fashion, music and architecture share ideas and change throughout the decades. We'll tour the Loop, meet design professionals…

Price
$450 public, $380 CAF members
Date
July 25, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 25, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Saturday Studio: Floor by Floor

This Saturday Studio will be led by Oak Park Station lead Evan Watson from FitzGerald Associates Architects. With the architect, students will make decisions, learn about what needs to go inside a building, and build out a design, floor by floor.

Price
FREE
Date
July 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
July 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Summer Camp: Passport to Architecture

We'll explore architecture from a bird's eye view as we follow the journey of Speck the Pigeon, in a globe-hopping tour of the world's most iconic buildings. Alongside Speck, students ages 7-11 will become passionate architecture explorers through walking…

Price
$435 public, $360 CAF members
Date
July 18, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 18, 2016
Time
9:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: Wrigley Field

Sports draw big crowds in Chicago. Did you know that Wrigley Field can hold more than 42,000 people? Explore how stadiums are designed with crowds of cheering fans in mind, and create your own LEGO® baseball stadium.

Price
$20 public, $15 CAF members
Date
July 17, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
July 17, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Read and Build: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site" by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Together we'll learn about the tools and trucks on a construction site and decorate our own take-home hard hats.

Price
FREE
Date
July 3, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 3, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Summer Camp: Skyline Explorers

Have you ever looked at a skyscraper and wondered, "How did they do that?" Campers ages 7-11 will get to know the stories behind the skyline in this five-day camp. We'll explore buildings in the Loop, hosted by architects and designers, then write and…

Price
$435 public, $360 CAF members
Date
June 27, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
June 27, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Saturday Studio: Site Specific Development

This Saturday Studio will be led by Oak Park Station lead Evan Watson from FitzGerald Associates Architects. Students will be challenged to design and build a series of buildings for a specific site to meet client needs. Students will learn about massing…

Price
FREE
Date
June 25, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
June 25, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Members Only: "100 Things to Do in Chicago" Discussion and Book Signing

Soaring skyscrapers, deep-dish pizza and improv comedy may be what the city is best known for, but they are only the beginning of Chicago's story. Join author and Chicago Architecture Foundation docent Molly Page as she discusses her new book "100 Things…

Price
$30 CAF members
Date
June 22, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 22, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: The "L"

Chicago’s iconic train system, known as the L, gets its nickname from being “elevated” above the city's streets. In this workshop, you'll see public transportation in action and build your own L platform and train using LEGO®.

Price
$20 public, $15 CAF members
Date
June 19, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
June 19, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Design Dialogues: 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards

To create its new exhibition, CAF recently paired 50 local architects and designers with each of Chicago’s 50 wards. Their mission? To identify one speculative design intervention aimed at improving livability in a given ward.

Price
$15 non-members, $9 CAF members
Date
June 7, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 7, 2016
Time
6:00 pm