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Until further notice, all CAC walking tours are suspended and the Center at 111 E. Wacker Dr. is closed, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Illinois.

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. 

LEGO® Build Workshop: Willis Tower

How can a building be so tall without falling over? Willis Tower is made up of nine towers “bundled” together to make it strong and tall. Join us from 12—3pm on February 18 or 19 as we build tall and test the method using LEGO, paper, tape and tubes…

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Design Dialogues: Building Up Bronzeville

Perhaps no Chicago neighborhood has experienced as turbulent of a century as Bronzeville. Join us for a lecture and panel discussion to hear diverse perspectives on developments that are re-energizing this historic neighborhood.

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Teen Open Studio - Feb. 8

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Read and Build: Skyscrapers - February 7

Chicago is famous for its tall skyscrapers. Together we’ll dream up buildings of all shapes and sizes and create your own mini-skyscraper to take home. Drop in any time between 9am-noon for multiple readings of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty…

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Read and Build: Skyscrapers - February 4

Chicago is famous for its tall skyscrapers. Together we’ll dream up buildings of all shapes and sizes and create your own mini-skyscraper to take home. Drop in any time between 9am-noon for multiple readings of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty…

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Greening Tall: Naturalizing the Vertical Realm

The greening of tall buildings is reaching a new level of sophistication around the world, encompassing a movement to incorporate full-height planted walls, green roofs, wind turbines and the latest solar harvesting technology. Four experts debate the…

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Teen Open Studio - Feb. 1

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Daytime Talk: Rescuing the Congress Theater

Like many of Chicago’s grand movie palaces, the Congress Theater has seen better days. That doesn’t mean its best days are behind it. Join us for a talk with Woodhouse Tinucci Architects and theater owner Michael Moyer, the team leading an adaptive…

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Read and Build: Homes, January 7

What makes your house a home? Together we'll learn about many types of houses, then explore our materials library to make a mini-diorama of your home. Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Home” by Carson Ellis.

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Read and Build: Homes, January 3

What makes your house a home? Together we'll learn about many types of houses, then explore our materials library to make a mini-diorama of your home. Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Home” by Carson Ellis.

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Biennial Teen Studio: YWCA

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

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