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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. 

Spring Break @ the CAC - Wednesday

This drop-in workshop explores urban planning, community development and city systems. Students will consider the question, “What makes a good neighborhood?” and use the design process to create neighborhoods from scratch.

Price
Free with CAC admission
Date
April 17, 2019
Time
11:00 am

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Date
April 17, 2019
Time
11:00 am

Spring Break @ the CAC - Tuesday

Chicago is made up of iconic bridges…but how do some of them move?! Come build and test your own bridge during this interactive, drop-in program. Educators from the McCormick Bridge House Museum will be on-site to give feedback from noon-1:30pm.

Price
Free with CAC admission
Date
April 16, 2019
Time
11:00 am

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Date
April 16, 2019
Time
11:00 am

Spring Break @ the CAC - Monday

Come test your design skills as you build a structure with a licensed architect! Learn the insider tricks and tips from a pro.

Price
Free with CAC admission
Date
April 15, 2019
Time
11:00 am

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Date
April 15, 2019
Time
11:00 am

Girls Build!: Affordable Dream Homes

This camp for first-time Girls Build! participants will help girls ages 11-14 understand the nuts-and-bolts of architecture and design. Together we’ll use the design process to explore the fundamentals of designing an affordable dream home!

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
April 15, 2019
Time
9:30 am

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Date
April 15, 2019
Time
9:30 am

Members-Only Bus Trip: Bauhaus Exhibit at the Elmhurst Art Museum

Join us on this one-time, members-only bus trip to the Elmhurst Art Museum to see “The Whole World a Bauhaus," an international traveling exhibition that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus.

Price
$40 CAC members
Date
April 12, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
April 12, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Restoring the Uptown Theatre: A New Neighborhood Anchor

After sitting vacant for nearly 40 years, the Uptown Theatre will soon reclaim its status as an entertainment mecca. Hear the story behind the planned renovation and discover what the theater’s return could mean for the neighborhood.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
April 11, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 11, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Apr. 11

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.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 11, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
April 11, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

One-Day Camp: LEGO® Architecture Camp

What better way to spend a day off school than with the CAC? This special one-day camp for ages 7-10 teaches students what makes Chicago "the city of architecture." Tour the Loop, sketch ideas and create a LEGO® building to take home!

Price
$85 public, $70 CAC members
Date
April 5, 2019
Time
9:30 am

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Date
April 5, 2019
Time
9:30 am

Chicago Architecture Center Designing Futures Gala

Save the date for the Chicago Architecture Center Designing Futures Gala on Thursday, April 4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago! Funds raised that evening will support the expansion of our award-winning education programs in our brand new Chicago Architecture…

Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 4, 2019
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
April 4, 2019
Time
5:30 pm

Read and Build: Chicago Icons

Enjoy multiple readings of “Larry Gets Lost in Chicago” by Michael Mullin and go on a scavenger hunt in the Chicago Gallery, where you’ll explore the 3D Chicago City Model and learn about iconic buildings.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
April 3, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
April 3, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Family Build: Materials + Construction

Design and build with your family on Sunday mornings in the studio, where themed stations will introduce you to architecture basics. Take part in design challenges and make a take home project. Ages 3 and up.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
March 31, 2019 and 4 other times

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Date
March 31, 2019 and 4 other times

Teen Open Studio - Mar. 28

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.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 28, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
March 28, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Daytime Talk: The Man in the Glass House

With his famous Glass House design, Philip Johnson set the stage for his long and controversial career. Hear Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster discuss “The Man in the Glass House,” his new biography on this fascinating architect…

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
March 27, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
March 27, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

The House You Live In: Chicago's Homegrown Architecture

Ever wonder how Chicago’s housing styles came to be? A noted architectural historian will lead this two-part class that delves into Chicago’s vernacular architecture and highlights common housing stock in the city.

Price
$40 public (includes CAC admission), $25 CAC members
Date
March 25, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
March 25, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Pecha Kucha Chicago

Imagine this: 20 PowerPoint slides, shown for only 20 seconds each. The slides advance automatically—so presenters have to keep up! Come hear 400-second stories about design and architecture at this fun and informal event with creative professionals…

Price
$15 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC members
Date
March 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm