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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. 

Donor Travel Program: Bentonville, Arkansas

Join CAF for a curated trip to Bentonville, Arkansas. We'll visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (including a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house) and the Thorncrown Chapel. Lodging will be at the trendy 21c Museum Hotel. Travelers may add an…

Price
$1,679 per member (based on double occupancy)*, $2,129 per member (single occupancy)*
Date
April 22, 2017
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
April 22, 2017
Time
5:00 pm

Saturday Studio: April

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
April 22, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
April 22, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Chicago's Landscape Legacy with Julia Bachrach

Chicago has a tremendous legacy of landscape design. In this four-part educational series, historian Julia Bachrach leads discussions on the evolution of landscape architecture in Chicago and takes us on a half-day tour to influential sites.

Price
$125 public, $98 CAF members
Date
April 19, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 19, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Current Projects: The Changing Face of Fulton Market

Once a landscape of butchers and purveyors, Fulton Market is suddenly Chicago’s hottest district for development. Major undertakings by developer Sterling Bay are bringing new dynamism to the area. Join us to review the design of two key projects.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
April 13, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 13, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s No Small Plans 2017 Gala

The 2017 Chicago Architecture Foundation Gala, No Small Plans, will take place on Thursday, April 6, at Morgan MFG in the West Loop. Proceeds will benefit CAF's education initiatives for Chicago students. Cocktail attire suggested.

Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 6, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 6, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Animal Homes

Creatures of all shapes and sizes have homes. Come build a home that is just right for your favorite animal! We’ll make a mini-diorama and create an animal out of clay. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for multiple readings of "Home" by Carson…

Price
Free
Date
April 2, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
April 2, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Daytime Talk: Creative Reuse of Yesterday's Public Buildings

Obsolete public structures can be found in every Chicago neighborhood. Increasingly, however, these spaces are not being demolished. Architects are assisting in their preservation by re-defining the buildings through creative reuse.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
March 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
March 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

Saturday Studio: March

Explore social impact design from 12-3pm with guest architect Ashley Rodriguez, associate at Demonica Kemper Architects. We’ll see examples of her work, go on a walking tour in the Loop and use sketching and bubble diagrams to develop our own designs…

Price
Free
Date
March 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
March 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Building Tall: How High Can We Go?

Sixty years ago Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned a mile high tower for Chicago. Finally, we have entered the era of the mega-tall skyscraper (2,000+ feet). How high can buildings possibly go? Our expert speakers tackle this and more.

Price
$20 public, $12 CAF and CTBUH members
Date
March 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Design Dialogues: Whose Lakefront is it Anyway?

The Public Trust Doctrine introduced Chicagoans to the notion of an open, public lakefront. While many agree with the doctrine, the past century has been filled with battles over the land. Our panel discusses our lakefront’s past and future.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
March 14, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 14, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Build Strong

What makes a building strong? Touch materials like steel and concrete, then design your own house to keep out the big bad wolf! Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for readings of "The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale" by Steven Guarnaccia.

Price
Free
Date
March 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
March 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Architecture is Art: Mark Dion and David Rockwell

The lines between art and architecture are further blurred when artist Mark Dion meets up with architect and designer David Rockwell (of Rockwell Group). Presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Price
$10 public, $8 CAF and/or MCA members
Date
February 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Saturday Studio: February

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
February 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Members Only Travel Program: San Diego, California

Join CAF as we explore San Diego's rich architecture from Spanish Colonial and Victorian buildings to Modern masterpieces such as the Salk Institute. The Pacific coast is calling you!

Price
$1,550 per member (based on double occupancy) , $2,045 per member (single occupancy)
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
February 22, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Uptown Theatre

Hear about the past and future of the Uptown Theatre, a movie palace at the corner of Lawrence and Broadway. Designed by Rapp and Rapp, the elaborate Balaban and Katz Uptown Theatre has remained shuttered since 1981.

Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
February 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm