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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: 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

CAF Scavenger Hunt

CAF’s popular Scavenger Hunt returns in Fall 2016. This year, in honor of CAF’s 50th anniversary, we’ll be adding a few twists! The Scavenger Hunt will again feature clues spread throughout Chicago, and you’ll have four weeks (October 11 through…

Price
FREE
Date
November 6, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
November 6, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Read and Build: The Day the Crayons Quit

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt. Ignite your little ones' imagination as we play with color and re-imagine our city with purple trees, pink taxis and rainbow skyscrapers!

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 6, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
November 6, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Fall Class: Girls Build (Affordable) Dream Houses

Can a dream house be both sustainable and beautifully designed? We’ll find out as we think outside the box during a six-week class that's specially crafted to engage girls ages 11–14 in architecture and design.

Price
$435 public, $360 CAF members
Date
October 30, 2016
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
October 30, 2016
Time
1:00 pm

Lifelong Learning: Architecture Studio Basics

With approachable instructors and architecture professionals, we’ll break down the basic studio skill sets that architects utilize every day. It’s the perfect opportunity to prep for your upcoming vacation or to brush up on techniques you learned…

Price
$35 public, single class, $28 CAF members, single class, $150 public, 5-class series*, $120 CAF members, 5-class series*
Date
October 26, 2016 and 4 other times

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Date
October 26, 2016 and 4 other times

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