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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. 

Design Dialogues: The Future of Airport Design

The best airport terminals are easy-to-navigate spaces of architectural intrigue. Hear from a panel of leading architects who are charting a new course for airport design. Learn how they’re pulling off bold—yet functional and future-proof—visions…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 4, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 4, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

Girls Build!: Architecture Essentials

This class, designed for first-time Girls Build! participants, will help female-identifying students ages 11-14 understand architecture essentials. Together we'll use the design process to create a series of architectural plans and a massing model.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 30, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
January 30, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

Adaptable House: The Next Chicago Bungalow

Learn about Adaptable House, a re-imagining of the classic Chicago bungalow as a flexible home that grows with changing family needs. Meet Greg Tamborino, the architect behind the award-winning design, which won the 2019 Disruptive Design competition…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
January 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Girls Build!: Interior Design

This six-week scholarship program for girls ages 11-14 will give students a chance to explore the exciting world of interior design, through hands-on projects, interactions with professional designers and behind-the-scenes tours of design firms.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 26, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
January 26, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

Frank Lloyd Wright’s World Heritage Sites

Hear from preservationists and advocates about what went into researching and applying for the World Heritage status that was recently awarded to eight Frank Lloyd Wright sites across the U.S.—including local icons Robie House and Unity Temple.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
January 23, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 23, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Imagine

Take a guided tour through the CAC to explore technological innovations architects and engineers use to keep building higher, then use your imagination to build your own innovative structure with LEGO®!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
January 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Teen Saturday Studio: Advocating for Architecture with AIA Illinois

Join the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois to learn about real-world design issues and how buildings become a reality—from funding to government approval. Then, split into teams to debate why advocating for good design is important.

Price
Free with registration
Date
January 18, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
January 18, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

Book Talk: The South Side's Unsung Architectural Treasures

The rich architecture of Chicago’s South Side has never truly gotten its due—until now. Join photographer, historian and architecture critic Lee Bey for a look at his new book, “Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
January 16, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 16, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

Girls Build! Day

This event has reached capacity. Inquiries about Girls Build! Day can be directed to Angela Esposito at aesposito@architecture.org.

Price
$8 public (adult chaperones), $6 CAC members (adult chaperones), Free for students ages 11-17
Date
January 11, 2020
Time
10:00 am

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Date
January 11, 2020
Time
10:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: Animal Habitats

Creatures of all shapes and sizes have homes. Come learn about different types of homes and build a habitat that is just right for your favorite animal with LEGO®!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
December 15, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
December 15, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Dec. 12

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 when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
December 12, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
December 12, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

2019 Year in Review: Chicago Design and Development

Don’t miss this special year-end summary of the biggest design and development trends in Chicago with CAC President and CEO Lynn Osmond. Hear about a wide range of transformative projects underway across the city.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
December 11, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
December 11, 2019
Time
12:00 pm