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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: Nature's Metropolis

Join this two-part book club for a discussion of William Cronon’s trailblazing environmental work. Nature's Metropolis looks at how 19th-century Chicago became a bustling commercial hub due to unique ecological and economic circumstances.

Price
$50 public, $40 CAF members
Date
February 15, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 15, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Current Projects: New Skyscrapers on the Park

Hear about three new towers overlooking Grant Park that will transform the South Loop skyline: 1000M (by JAHN), Essex on the Park (by Hartshorne Plunkard/Oxford Capital) and One Grant Park (by Rafael Viñoly Architects).

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
February 9, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 9, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Gizmos and Gadgets

Are you an inventor? Construct a great invention from odds and ends, test it out and celebrate the flops and failures. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty.

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

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Date
February 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Design Dialogues: A Look Inside the Clinton Presidential Center

As Chicago prepares for the Obama Presidential Center, hear from architect Richard Olcott (Ennead Architects) and landscape architect Mary Margaret Jones (Hargreaves Associates). They were key to the vision and design of the Clinton Presidential Center…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
January 26, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 26, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Micro Apartments

Join Susan King from Harley Ellis Devereaux as she discusses Lake Street Studios, the award-winning West Loop residence she designed in 2015, and why she believes micro units are vital to sustaining our city’s social fabric.

Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
January 25, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
January 25, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Wabash Tower

In this month's LEGO® Build, we'll investigate Wabash Tower, a "vertical campus" for college students with classrooms, dormitories and a cafeteria. Join us from 12–3pm for a mini-walking tour to Wabash Tower, then recreate it using LEGO®.

Price
$12 public, FREE for CAF members
Date
January 15, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 15, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Winter Fun Festival

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but we’re having lots of fun at CAF! Drop in any time between 10am and 2pm for a special winter celebration full of hands-on activities and, of course, some hot chocolate with marshmallows. We'll design and build…

Price
Free
Date
December 17, 2016
Time
10:00 am

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Date
December 17, 2016
Time
10:00 am

Architect Talk: Reimagining the Public Library

“Composition, Contrast, Complexity” is a perfect summary of the rich sensory journey visitors experience in a space designed by Mecanoo Architects. It’s also the title of founding partner Francine Houben’s book about the Dutch firm. Join Houben…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
December 8, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
December 8, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Members Only: Holiday Tea and Tour at the Peninsula Chicago

Join your fellow CAF members to celebrate the holidays at the luxurious Peninsula Chicago. Tour this landmark mixed-use development on Chicago’s famed “Magnificent Mile” designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects. Then enjoy the elegance and sophistication…

Price
$120 CAF members
Date
December 5, 2016
Time
1:30 pm

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Date
December 5, 2016
Time
1:30 pm

Minecraft 2-Day Workshop: People Plazas

In this two-day workshop, we'll merge the real and digital worlds as we work with gamers and design professionals. From 9am to 3pm, we’ll visit Chicago’s iconic Loop buildings and plazas for inspiration, and then build our own engaging public spaces…

Price
$200 public, $175 CAF members
Date
December 4, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
December 4, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Read and Build: Larry Gets Lost in Chicago

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Larry Gets Lost in Chicago" by Michael Mullin and John Skewes. Join us in turning our city into a scavenger hunt as we look for Larry at iconic Chicago destinations.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
December 4, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
December 4, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Daytime Talk: The National

Downtown Chicago is currently witnessing a burst of historic restorations. One such project is The National, a renovation of the former Chicago Public Schools headquarters building at 125 S. Clark. Lead architect Aric Lasher of HBRA Architects will let…

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
November 30, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
November 30, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Donor Travel Program: Mexico City

On this seven-day journey through Mexico City, you’ll marvel at the pyramids of Teotihuacan and explore the new architecture of the city. The trip includes a journey to the Palacio des Bellas Artes to admire the Tiffany stage curtain and take in a folk…

Price
$2,325 per donor (based on double occupancy) , $2,850 per donor (single occupancy)
Date
November 13, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
November 13, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Design Dialogues: Future of the Chicago River

Using the recent "Our Great Rivers" report as a framework, we’ll take an intriguing look at the future of the Chicago River, focusing on both recent construction and the near- and long-term plans for the river’s use and look. Great Rivers Chicago…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
November 10, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
November 10, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Book Club: Richard Nickel Dangerous Years

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience a book club led by the author himself! Richard Cahan, author of "Richard Nickel Dangerous Years: What He Saw and What He Wrote" tells the tale of how Chicago photographer and urban crusader Richard Nickel…

Price
$50 public, $40 CAF members
Date
November 9, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
November 9, 2016
Time
6:00 pm