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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. 

Chicago Architecture Foundation's 50th Anniversary Gala

For 50 years, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has welcomed the world to our great city and enriched Chicago's reputation as a foremost center of architectural innovation across the globe. On Friday, April 8, CAF will host Gala 2016 at the Hilton…

Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 8, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 8, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Roberto the Insect Architect

This month we'll learn about animal architecture from an insect builder, a termite named Roberto. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to make your take-home birdhouse and enjoy multiple readings of Nina Laden's "Roberto, The Insect Architect."

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

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Date
April 3, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Saturday Studio - March

Teens ages 13—18 will explore a new theme each month and work with great architects, designers, engineers and mentors from the Chicago area! In our ArcelorMittal Design Studio, we'll offer hands-on, studio-based workshops, fun design challenges and…

Price
FREE
Date
March 26, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
March 26, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Members Only: "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"

Join us for a lecture and book signing event featuring Matthew Christopher's "Abandoned America" project, which captures the mesmerizing beauty and lost history of the derelict buildings dotting our country's landscape. In gorgeous photography, Christopher's…

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

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Date
March 22, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Lifelong Learning @ CAF: Chicago Neighborhoods & Homes

In this two-part educational series (March 16 and 23), we'll explore the development of Chicago as a city of neighborhoods and the various types of home styles we have built. From parishes to zoning to annexation, hear how the fabric of Chicago was stitched…

Price
$75 non-members, $55 CAF members
Date
March 16, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 16, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Home

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for a morning of making and storytelling, with multiple readings of "Home" by Carson Ellis. Together we'll learn about different types of homes, then design and build your own dream home using studio materials.

Price
FREE
Date
March 6, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
March 6, 2016
Time
9:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: Three Types of Bridges

Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, but it's also known for its innovative bridges. In this LEGO® Build Workshop, we'll learn about three different types of bridges and how engineers built them strong enough to span the Chicago River. We'll also…

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
February 21, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 21, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

LEGO® Mindstorms 1.0

Nothing planned for your kids' day off from school? No problem. Let them play and discover with CAF's LEGO® Mindstorms 1.0! From 10am to 3:30pm, your kids can learn to program and design for LEGO® Mindstorms, the robotics construction kits that give…

Price
$35 non-members, $25 CAF members
Date
February 15, 2016 and 2 other times

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Date
February 15, 2016 and 2 other times

Design Dialogues: The Future of Work

We begin our 2016 Design Dialogues lecture series with a look at recent trends that are changing work and the workplace. How will we all commute to our next jobs? And to what place, real or virtual, will many of us be asked to travel? Join us for a discussion…

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

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Date
February 9, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Young Frank, Architect

Join us for a morning of making and storytelling. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for activities and multiple readings of "Young Frank, Architect" by Frank Viva. We'll learn about different styles of design from old Frank and young Frank as we build…

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

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Date
February 7, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Book Club: The Third Coast

Join Paul Durica—author, historian and producer of Pocket Guide to Hell—for a deeper read of this season’s One Book, One Chicago selection The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream. At each session, we’ll dive into Thomas Dyja’s…

Price
$40 non-members, $35 CAF members
Date
February 3, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 3, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Saturday Studio: Sustainable Design

Work with great architects, designers, engineers and mentors from the Chicago area! Our hands-on, studio-based workshops offer design challenges and real-life problem solving. Free to attend and open to all teens, Saturday Studio sessions let you explore…

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

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Date
January 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Winter Camp: Girls Build! (Affordable) Dream House

Think outside the box and design a dream house! This Girls Build! camp is specially crafted to engage girls ages 11–14 in architecture and design. From 2 to 5pm on select Sundays in January, February and March, girls will work through the design process…

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LEGO® Build: Design Process 101

How do architects and designers come up with such great ideas? They use the design process! Join us in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio as we identify a design problem, build our ideas with LEGO® and present our solutions. LEGO® Build: Design Process…

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
January 17, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 17, 2016
Time
12:00 pm