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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. 

Daytime Talk: Update on Navy Pier's Centennial Vision

Hear from Navy Pier President & CEO Marilynn Gardner as she reflects on the renovation of one of Chicago’s most popular tourist destinations, as well as the Pier’s plans for engaging the community with its reimagined spaces. Join us for a look at…

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
October 26, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 26, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Saturday Studio: October

This Saturday Studio will be led by Charles Arko from Solomon Cordwell Buenz.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 22, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 22, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Current Projects: Big Plans on Campus

A flurry of new buildings and restorations has come to Chicago’s university campuses. Hear from designers who are completing or have completed projects recently at Northwestern University and University of Chicago: Bruce Kuwabara (KPMB Architects, Toronto)…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
October 6, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
October 6, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: The Most Magnificent Thing

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "The Most Magnificent Thing" by Ashley Spires. Come tinker with fun studio materials to create an invention for your favorite pet or pal!

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 2, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
October 2, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Mobile Photography for Architecture 101

Step up your smartphone photography game just in time for Open House Chicago on October 15-16! From 9:30am to 2:30pm, our seminar puts you in touch with experts in mobile photography who’ll help you take better architecture photos with any smartphone…

Price
$75 public, $60 CAF members
Date
October 1, 2016
Time
9:30 am

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Date
October 1, 2016
Time
9:30 am

Daytime Talk: Saving Harley Clarke Mansion

Evanston History Center’s Kris Hartzell and and Evanston Plan Commission’s Jack Weiss share the historical significance of the Harley Clarke Mansion, a Tudor-style home designed by Richard Powers and built in 1927. We’ll discuss the current demolition…

Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
September 28, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
September 28, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Behind the Scenes Tour: Logan Square

Go behind the scenes of two of Logan Square’s most exciting recent housing developments. We’ll visit Brininstool + Lynch’s Logan Square L Luxury apartments and Wheeler Kearns’ MiCA towers, for an exclusive tour with the architects and those involved…

Price
$30 public, $20 CAF members
Date
September 24, 2016
Time
2:00 pm

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Date
September 24, 2016
Time
2:00 pm

Saturday Studio: September

Teens ages 13—18 will explore a new theme each month and work with great architects, designers, engineers and mentors from the Chicago area! In our ArcelorMittal Design Studio, we'll offer hands-on, studio-based workshops, fun design challenges and…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 24, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
September 24, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Marina City Tower

Did you know that the shape of Marina City's towers was inspired by the petals of a sunflower? Natural forms influenced architect Bertrand Goldberg to think about curves during the design process for his "city within a city." Between 12pm to 3pm come…

Price
$20 public, $15 CAF members
Date
September 18, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
September 18, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Architect Talks: Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects

Hear SHoP Architects principal Gregg Pasquarelli talk through his most high profile projects. Founded in New York City in 1996, SHoP Architects has made a name for itself in designing large-scale projects that transform neighborhoods. From Brooklyn’s…

Price
$15 public, $10 CAF members
Date
September 13, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
September 13, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Community Conversations: 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards

In this 90-minute talk inspired by CAF’s "50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" exhibition, join Chicago designers and community stakeholders in a conversation about design ideas aimed at strengthening local communities.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 12, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
September 12, 2016
Time
6:00 pm