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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. 

Art in the Design Studio

Add a splash of color to your child’s day when they spend an hour in our Design Studio creating a masterpiece using color, shapes, and materials.

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At the Edge of the Bungalow Belt

In the early 1900s, Chicago’s “bungalow belt” took shape across the outer-ring neighborhoods. After WWII, at the belt’s far edge, this distinctive housing type often morphed into new hybrid forms. Join us as we explore variations of a classic…

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CAC Story Time

Join us for a unique story time at the inspiring Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, as we learn about the impact of women in architecture. Let your child’s imagination come to life as we read The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha…

Price
$5 kids (non-members), FREE Adults, FREE members
Date
August 28, 2021
Time
10:00 am

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Date
August 28, 2021
Time
10:00 am

Book Talk: “Chicago: An Illustrated Timeline”

Every city has its foundational stories. In this talk, CAC Program Director Hallie Rosen discusses Chicago: An Illustrated Timeline with author and CAC docent Ellen Shubart, which chronicles the city’s growth from Midwestern outpost to global metropolis…

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, $8 students
Date
September 8, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
September 8, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

Together Again Gala 2021

Please join us for a spectacular evening of celebration at the Old Post Office on the nation’s largest urban private rooftop.

Date
September 14, 2021
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
September 14, 2021
Time
6:00 pm

Stained Glass: Magic Spaces in Architectural Places

First coming to prominence in the Middle Ages, stained glass has been enhancing buildings around the world for thousands of years. Join us as we explore architecturally significant buildings on Michigan Avenue that feature the magic of stained glass.

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAC members , FREE for students
Date
September 22, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
September 22, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

What's Worth Preserving?

The rulebook on historic preservation is ever-changing with the passage of time and constant re-evaluation of the past. How do we identify the built structures and cultural spaces worth fighting for and broaden the very notion of preservation? This two-part…

Price
Free with registration
Date
September 23, 2021
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
September 23, 2021
Time
6:00 pm