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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. 

Member Appreciation Night - Summer 2015

Join us from 6—9pm on July 23 for a mid-year event just for you, our CAF Members! Enjoy a glass of wine and light snacks as you mingle with fellow members, meet some of CAF’s vendors and artists, shop with exclusive discounts and win prizes. You also…

Price
Free
Date
July 23, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
July 23, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

CAFamily: Sculpture in the City

Drop-in from 10—2pm in the Millennium Park Family Fun Tent and help us create an enormous, evolving public sculpture designed by kids, for kids! All ages welcome. Great for families!

Price
Free
Date
July 18, 2015
Time
10:00 am

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Date
July 18, 2015
Time
10:00 am

Design Dialogues: Downtown Hotel Boom

Many long-vacant historic office buildings are benefiting from Chicago’s ambitious tourism goals, as hotel conversions are popping up all over the loop. Will we continue to see more hotels like the Virgin, LondonHouse at the London Guarantee, and the…

Price
$5 CAFmembers and non-members, overflow room, $12 non-members, $7 CAF members, $5 students (at box office the day of event)
Date
July 14, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
July 14, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Summer Camp: Get Built

July 13–17, 9am–3pm (5-day camp). Recommended for ages 14–18. Ever wonder what a construction manager does? Or how creative an architect can really be? Come to CAF and explore ACED (Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Design) fields through site…

Price
$450 non-members, $380 CAF members
Date
July 13, 2015
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 13, 2015
Time
9:00 am

Behind the Scenes: Buffett Place

On July 9, 2015, come see the Fred and Pamela Buffett Place—a completely renovated, environmentally-friendly, supportive housing community by Landon Bone Baker Architects in 2014. This transformation of the 1920s Diplomat Hotel in Lakeview won a Chicago…

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
July 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
July 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build 2015: Larry Gets Lost in Chicago

Let’s go on a scavenger hunt around the block to see Larry’s favorite spots in Chicago! Suitable for ages 3—5; older siblings and friends up to age 7 will also enjoy this studio.

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
July 1, 2015
Time
10:00 am

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Date
July 1, 2015
Time
10:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: Emphasis

Come explore how designers emphasize details to make our built environment more intriguing! You will Build with LEGO®, solve a design problem and learn the fundamentals to create your own designs. We'll spark your imagination with a new theme every month…

Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
Date
June 28, 2015 and 7 other times

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Date
June 28, 2015 and 7 other times

Saturday Studio: Emphasis

In June we'll learn to see like designers as we explore our city and create unique structures using the design principle of "emphasis."

Price
Free
Date
June 27, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
June 27, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

Drinks + Design: Emphasis

Stand out! This month we explore the most attention grabbing Principle of Design: Emphasis. Together, we’ll create designs with EMPHASIS or a visual focal point utilizing LEGO® Architecture Studio bricks.

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
June 24, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 24, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Burnham Society: Virgin Hotel, Private Tour and Reception

The Old Dearborn Bank Building, a 27-story Art Deco landmark, opened in January 2015, showcasing the architectural features restored and recreated for this hip hotel. Members of the Burnham Society will be among the first to experience the new rooftop…

Date
June 16, 2015
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
June 16, 2015
Time
5:30 pm

Design Dialogues: A Connected Riverwalk

With the upcoming completion of the main branch of the Riverwalk, the City's long-held vision for our  "second shoreline" is starting to come into focus. How will the designs for this six-block overhaul transform the former industrial waterway into a…

Price
$5 Overflow room tickets (same price member/non-member), $12 non-members (sold out), $7 CAF members (sold out), $5 students (at box office the day of event)
Date
June 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Members Only: ON YOUR FEET! Reception

Join us for an exclusive members-only presentation and cocktail reception as Richard Jaris, Senior Associate and Scenic Designer at the Rockwell Group, provides insight into the creative design that brings this set of "ON YOUR FEET!" to life. Afterwards…

Price
$145 Loge Level Seats, $165 Orchestra Level Seats
Date
June 5, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 5, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Iggy Peck, Architect

What are you passionate about? This month we will read about Iggy Peck Architect, a young designer passionate about buildings! We'll think like Iggy on a interactive walking tour. Suitable for ages 3—5; older siblings and friends up to age 7 will also…

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF Members
Date
June 3, 2015
Time
10:00 am

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Date
June 3, 2015
Time
10:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: Asymmetry

We all want to build like the pros and now you can every Sunday in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF. Come build with LEGO®, solve a design problem and learn the fundamentals to create your own designs. We’ll spark your imagination with a new theme…

Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
Date
May 31, 2015 and 8 other times

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Date
May 31, 2015 and 8 other times

Burnham Society Tour: Home of Gordon Gill

Gordon is a trustee of CAF and partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. He uses cutting-edge materials to build the world's tallest skyscrapers, but at home he admires the 6-foot-4-inch, chocolate-brown brick wall that encloses his secret-garden…

Date
May 28, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
May 28, 2015
Time
6:00 pm