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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. 

Book Club: The Third Coast

Join Paul Durica—author, historian and producer of Pocket Guide to Hell—for a deeper read of this season’s One Book, One Chicago selection The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream. At each session, we’ll dive into Thomas Dyja’s…

Price
$40 non-members, $35 CAF members
Date
February 3, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 3, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Saturday Studio: Sustainable Design

Work with great architects, designers, engineers and mentors from the Chicago area! Our hands-on, studio-based workshops offer design challenges and real-life problem solving. Free to attend and open to all teens, Saturday Studio sessions let you explore…

Price
FREE
Date
January 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Winter Camp: Girls Build! (Affordable) Dream House

Think outside the box and design a dream house! This Girls Build! camp is specially crafted to engage girls ages 11–14 in architecture and design. From 2 to 5pm on select Sundays in January, February and March, girls will work through the design process…

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LEGO® Build: Design Process 101

How do architects and designers come up with such great ideas? They use the design process! Join us in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio as we identify a design problem, build our ideas with LEGO® and present our solutions. LEGO® Build: Design Process…

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
January 17, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 17, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Winter Camp: Skylines 101

Children ages 7–11 are invited to join us from 9am to 12pm on select Saturdays from January through March in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio, where we’ll work in teams and use the design process to imagine city skylines of the future. Campers will discover…

Price
$435 non-members, $360 CAF members
Date
January 16, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
January 16, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Members Only: "Beautiful" Reception

Join us for an exclusive, members-only presentation and cocktail reception featuring the talented people of the production team behind “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical.” They’ll be sharing with us the challenges and joys of recreating the show’s…

Price
$160 CAF members
Date
January 7, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 7, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Katy and the Big Snow

Join us for a morning of making and storytelling. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for activities and multiple readings of “Katy and the Big Snow” by Virginia Lee Burton. Katy’s story will inspire us to think about big cities as we work together…

Price
FREE
Date
January 3, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
January 3, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Members Only: The Lion King Reception and Post Show Talk

Join us for a magical evening beginning with a pre-show reception in the Cadillac Palace's Suite, enjoy light appetizers and drinks while mingling with fellow members, then make your way to orchestra level seats to experience the breathtaking performance…

Price
$175 CAF members
Date
December 29, 2015
Time
6:30 pm

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Date
December 29, 2015
Time
6:30 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Home for the Holidays

Holidays are for togetherness. Celebrate with us every Sunday in December and design the ideal gathering space for you and your family!

Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
Date
December 27, 2015 and 7 other times

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Date
December 27, 2015 and 7 other times

CAFamily Studio: Winter Fun Festival

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but we are having lots of fun at CAF! Join us for a special winter celebration full of hands-on activities and of course, some hot apple cider.

Price
FREE
Date
December 19, 2015
Time
10:00 am

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Date
December 19, 2015
Time
10:00 am

Illinois Humanities @ CAF: Value and Viability

Which buildings do we save and which do we raze? Often, architects, community members, developers, and other stakeholders disagree about which buildings we should save and why. Some see aesthetics and the preservation of the past as the main values to…

Price
FREE
Date
December 10, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
December 10, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Members Only: Holiday Tea with Wedgwood

Join us in celebrating the holidays with afternoon tea at the Pavilion, home to The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood. This special tradition of afternoon tea debuted at the Langham Hotel, London, in 1865. Enjoy an afternoon of elegance, featuring a…

Price
$110 CAF members
Date
December 7, 2015
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
December 7, 2015
Time
1:00 pm

Read and Build: The Snowy Day

Use collage materials (and a bit of snow) to recreate a snowy cityscape. Written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats.

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for children of CAF members
Date
December 2, 2015
Time
10:00 am

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Date
December 2, 2015
Time
10:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: Urban Playscapes

We'll be thinking warm thoughts while we explore how architects design outdoor play spaces for kids and families.

Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
Date
November 29, 2015 and 9 other times

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Date
November 29, 2015 and 9 other times

CAFamily Studio: Cut, Copy, Paste

Using paper, glue and a steady hand, Design Studio participants will learn about landmark Chicago buildings and then turn them into creative mixed media collages!

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for children of CAF members
Date
November 21, 2015 and 1 other time

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Date
November 21, 2015 and 1 other time