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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. 

Bike Talk: Chicago's Cycling Future

Join us for an evening of bikes and brews at Revolution Brewing. Local experts will give rapid-fire presentations on Chicago’s bike culture and the state of cycling in our city, followed by an audience Q&A. Beer and a light buffet included!

Price
$35 public, $28 CAF members
Date
August 21, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
August 21, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Girls Build! Parks and Playgrounds

Girls ages 11 to 14 are invited to learn about landscape architecture and design during this 5-day camp. They will explore parks and playgrounds near the Loop and design their own public park or backyard in our studio.

Price
$435 public, $345 CAF members
Date
August 7, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
August 7, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Read and Build: Bug Houses

Join us for a grass-hopping good time as we draw, cut and paint our very own bug houses, created for and inspired by insects. Drop-in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Roberto the Insect Architect” by Nina Laden.

Price
Free
Date
August 6, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
August 6, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Seminar: Smartphone Photography 101

Step up your smartphone photography game during this walk-and-shoot seminar in the heart of the city! Local author, CAF docent and avid Instagrammer Molly Page will help you take better architecture photos with any smartphone.

Price
$35 public, $28 CAF members
Date
July 29, 2017
Time
9:30 am

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Date
July 29, 2017
Time
9:30 am

Daytime Talk: Dan Kiley's South Garden

Join us for a special walking tour of the Art Institute of Chicago’s South Garden. CAF has arranged this tour to coincide with our new exhibit, The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
July 26, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
July 26, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Luau on the River

Join the CAF Auxiliary Board on their annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting CAF’s Teen Academy. Guests will enjoy a sunset cruise with world-class architecture, cocktails, delicious small bites and on-board entertainment. This year’s theme is "Luau…

Price
$125 per ticket, $1,000 and up for sponsorships
Date
July 25, 2017
Time
6:45 pm

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Date
July 25, 2017
Time
6:45 pm

Saturday Studio: July

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
July 22, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
July 22, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Members Only: Lake Cruise and Fireworks

Our members-only cruise is your chance to take in the city's architecture from a different perspective—on Lake Michigan. Join CAF for an exclusive architecture cruise highlighting Chicago's magnificent skyline, the Lake Michigan shoreline and the river…

Price
$75 CAF members
Date
July 19, 2017
Time
7:30 pm

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Date
July 19, 2017
Time
7:30 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Jay Pritzker Pavilion

The Pavilion's architect, Frank Gehry, created curved and abstract structures inspired by art and music. Join us as we visit the iconic pavilion (weather permitting) and learn about Chicago’s great parks. Back in the studio, use LEGO® to build your…

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
July 16, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
July 16, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Minecraft: Skyscrapers of Tomorrow

Design and build your own skyscraper city in Minecraft! Students age 7 to 10 are invited to take part in this 3-day camp, which includes short walking tours to visit and study buildings in the Loop.

Price
$360 public, $285 CAF members
Date
July 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Minecraft: Redesign a Park

Visit and study parks in the Loop and learn what it takes to design an outdoor space with the community in mind. Campers age 11 to 14 will meet with architects and designers and redesign an existing park in Minecraft.

Price
$540 public, $427 CAF members
Date
June 26, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
June 26, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Saturday Studio: June

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
June 24, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
June 24, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Daytime Talk: CPL's New Thomas Hughes Children's Library

Hear about plans to renovate and modernize the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library at Harold Washington Library. Brian Vitale, design director and principal at Gensler, will share his firm’s re-imagination of the 25,000-square-foot space.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
June 28, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
June 28, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

Architect Talk: Weiss/Manfredi and the Magic of Urban Transformation

Celebrated architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi embrace the challenge of turning difficult urban sites into profound public spaces. Come hear how they marry architecture and landscape to create appealing places out of distressed locations.

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

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Date
June 15, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Members Only Travel Program: Spring Green, Wisconsin

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday with a visit to some of his masterpieces in Madison and Spring Green, Wisconsin!

Price
$479 per member (based on double occupancy) , $585 per member (single occupancy)
Date
June 8, 2017
Time
8:15 am

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Date
June 8, 2017
Time
8:15 am