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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. 

Chicago Architecture 101: WWII-Present - Postmodernism

Every action has its reaction and Postmodernism proliferated in the 1970-90s as architects pushed back against the staunch simplicity of Modernism. Speaker: Jen Masengarb, Director of Interpretation and Research, CAF. Jen Masengarb, Director of Interpretation…

Price
$35 non-members, $25 CAF members
Date
September 28, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
September 28, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: City Scale

Explore how cities are designed from the people on the sidewalks to the buildings reaching tall!

Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
Date
September 27, 2015 and 5 other times

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Date
September 27, 2015 and 5 other times

New Artwork Release Event with Chris Gorz

Join us for a special meet and greet event with artist Chris Gorz of StudioChris. Chris will be debuting his brand new The Loop Neighborhood Poster exclusively with CAF, and he’ll be signing his work while meeting with guests. Chris' other posters and…

Price
FREE
Date
September 26, 2015
Time
12:30 pm

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Date
September 26, 2015
Time
12:30 pm

Saturday Studio: Universal Design

The September 26, 2015 CAF Teen Academy Saturday Studio challenges teens from across Chicago to design for people with differing abilities. Teens will learn about universal design in an experimental learning experience as they step into the shoes of others…

Price
Free
Date
September 26, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
September 26, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

Chicago Architecture 101: WWII-Present - Evolution of Modernism

From super tall skyscrapers to super highways, the built environment evolved rapidly in the decades following the post-WWII boom. Speaker: Ed Keegan, Author of Chicago Architecture 1885 to Today. Edward Keegan is the author of three widely acclaimed…

Price
$35 non-members, $25 CAF members
Date
September 21, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
September 21, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

CAFamily Studio: Inventors Unite!

Join us in the studio on Saturday, September 19, and engineer something cool! Invent anything with LittleBits, easy to use electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets. Great for students 7—12 years old.

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
September 19, 2015 and 1 other time

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Date
September 19, 2015 and 1 other time

Design Dialogues: Tick Tick Boom

How will the coming explosion of retiring Baby Boomers affect Chicago?

Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members
Date
September 8, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
September 8, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Universal Design

Join us every Sunday in August for LEGO® Build Workshops to explore universal design with LEGO®! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 impacted the built environment by emphasizing the need for creating habitable and accessible space for…

Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
Date
August 30, 2015 and 9 other times

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Date
August 30, 2015 and 9 other times

Renewing State Street: The Century and Consumers Buildings

Join CAF and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for a brief historic overview of the State Street retail corridor and an opportunity to imagine what might be next for 202—220 South State Street. These buildings, owned by the GSA, are the…

Price
FREE
Date
August 27, 2015
Time
4:00 pm

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Date
August 27, 2015
Time
4:00 pm

Summer Camp: Minecraft Studio

August 24–26, 2015, 9am–3pm (3-day camp). Recommended for ages 8–11. A camp perfect for students who want to collaborate on a Minecraft challenge and learn about the built environment with peers. Students will participate in tours of the loop, have access…

Price
$270 non-members, $225 CAF members
Date
August 24, 2015
Time
9:00 am

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Date
August 24, 2015
Time
9:00 am

CAFamily Studio: Chicago I Spy!

On Saturday, August 15, go on a facilitator-led Scavenger Hunt to find out the secrets and stories of some the city's best buildings! Great for families and students 7—12 years old.

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
August 15, 2015 and 1 other time

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Date
August 15, 2015 and 1 other time

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: A Speakeasy Soirée

Join the Chicago Architecture Foundation Auxiliary Board for the annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting CAF’s Taliesin Scholars. This year’s theme is A Speakeasy Soirée. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, raffle prizes and on-board entertainment will be provided…

Price
$125 1 Ticket, $625 6 Tickets (Buy 5 and get 1 free), $1,250 12 Tickets (Buy 10 and get 2 free)
Date
August 11, 2015
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
August 11, 2015
Time
5:30 pm

Read and Build: The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale

We’ll read about the three little pigs, use mixed-media studio materials to decorate paper houses, and discover which material is too strong for the big bad wolf! 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
August 5, 2015
Time
10:00 am

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Date
August 5, 2015
Time
10:00 am