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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. 

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

Read and Build: A Few Blocks

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "A Few Blocks" by Cybele Young. Together we'll learn about architecture through building block activities.

Price
FREE
Date
September 4, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
September 4, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Back to School Block Party

Celebrate the beginning of the school year with CAF at our block party—featuring actual building blocks! Drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm on the Saturday before Labor Day, bring your family and friends and join us for fun architecture and design…

Price
FREE
Date
September 3, 2016
Time
10:00 am

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Date
September 3, 2016
Time
10:00 am

Saturday Studio: Interior Design

This Saturday Studio will be led by Oak Park Station lead Evan Watson from FitzGerald Associates Architects. Alongside the architect, students will learn what it takes to make a building beautiful. Conceptualizing everything from doorknobs to draperies…

Price
FREE
Date
August 27, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
August 27, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Party Like It’s 1966!

Join the Chicago Architecture Foundation Auxiliary Board for the annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting CAF’s Taliesin Scholars. We're continuing CAF's 50th Anniversary celebrations with cocktails, small bites, raffle prizes and on-board entertainment…

Price
$125 per ticket, $625 for 6 tickets (buy 5, get 1 free) , $1,260 for 12 tickets (buy 10, get 2 free)
Date
August 9, 2016
Time
6:45 pm

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Date
August 9, 2016
Time
6:45 pm

Read and Build: Last Stop on Market Street

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt Pena. At each of our activity stations, we'll explore what makes a neighborhood special and paint with patterns to create a mixed-media community…

Price
FREE
Date
August 7, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
August 7, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Members Only Travel Program: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Join us for an exclusive four-day, three-night experience featuring Pittsburgh's architectural treasures. Along the way, you’ll find out why "The New Yorker" magazine said, "If Pittsburgh were situated somewhere in the heart of Europe, tourists would…

Price
$1,200 per member (based on double occupancy) , $1,500 per member (single occupancy)
Date
August 4, 2016
Time
3:00 pm

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Date
August 4, 2016
Time
3:00 pm

Summer Camp: Minecraft: Build a City

What does a city need to be green and great? Campers ages 11-14 will explore solutions in the Loop and build the answers in Minecraft.

Price
$600 non-members, $510 CAF members
Date
August 1, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
August 1, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Summer Camp: Catwalk Playlist

Design isn't just about architecture—it's a part of the fashion and music worlds, too! Campers ages 11-14 will explore how fashion, music and architecture share ideas and change throughout the decades. We'll tour the Loop, meet design professionals…

Price
$450 public, $380 CAF members
Date
July 25, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 25, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Saturday Studio: Floor by Floor

This Saturday Studio will be led by Oak Park Station lead Evan Watson from FitzGerald Associates Architects. With the architect, students will make decisions, learn about what needs to go inside a building, and build out a design, floor by floor.

Price
FREE
Date
July 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
July 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Summer Camp: Passport to Architecture

We'll explore architecture from a bird's eye view as we follow the journey of Speck the Pigeon, in a globe-hopping tour of the world's most iconic buildings. Alongside Speck, students ages 7-11 will become passionate architecture explorers through walking…

Price
$435 public, $360 CAF members
Date
July 18, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 18, 2016
Time
9:00 am