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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. 

Members Only: "100 Things to Do in Chicago" Discussion and Book Signing

Soaring skyscrapers, deep-dish pizza and improv comedy may be what the city is best known for, but they are only the beginning of Chicago's story. Join author and Chicago Architecture Foundation docent Molly Page as she discusses her new book "100 Things…

Price
$30 CAF members
Date
June 22, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 22, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Design Dialogues: 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards

To create its new exhibition, CAF recently paired 50 local architects and designers with each of Chicago’s 50 wards. Their mission? To identify one speculative design intervention aimed at improving livability in a given ward.

Price
$15 non-members, $9 CAF members
Date
June 7, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 7, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Members Only Exhibition Viewing: 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards

Join us between 4 and 5:30pm for an exclusive look at CAF’s newest exhibition, “50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards” featuring guidance from curator and UrbanLab co-founder Martin Felsen and Matt Messner of AtelierME+MR. CAF’s ambitious new exhibition…

Price
FREE
Date
June 7, 2016
Time
4:00 pm

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Date
June 7, 2016
Time
4:00 pm

Read and Build: Dreaming Up, A Celebration of Building

Let's celebrate buildings from around the world using studio materials, a variety of building blocks and our imaginations. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building" by Christy Hale.

Price
FREE
Date
June 5, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
June 5, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Saturday Studio - May

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
Date
May 28, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
May 28, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Sketch Like an Architect

Learn the basics from architectural drawing expert Joel Berman! This daylong workshop provides an introduction to architectural free-hand sketching that's appropriate for seasoned artists as well as those with little experience. Supplies are provided…

Price
$65 non-members, $45 CAF members
Date
May 21, 2016
Time
10:30 am

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Date
May 21, 2016
Time
10:30 am

Members Only Travel Program: Springfield, Illinois

Join us for an exciting, architecture-rich trip to Springfield, the state capital of Illinois. Our two-day journey will take us to a pair of treasured Frank Lloyd Wright homes and to Springfield’s Greek Revival Old State Capitol building. We’ll also…

Price
$450 per member (based on double occupancy) , $530 per member (single occupancy)
Date
May 19, 2016
Time
7:00 am

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Date
May 19, 2016
Time
7:00 am

Book Signing: "Gates of Harvard Yard" by Blair Kamin

Experience a lecture, book signing and reception event featuring Chicago Tribune architecture critic and Pulitzer Prize-winner Blair Kamin, presented in partnership with the Harvard Club of Chicago.

Price
$15 non-members, $9 CAF and Harvard Club of Chicago members
Date
May 17, 2016
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
May 17, 2016
Time
5:30 pm

Read and Build: Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich

In May, we'll hear a story about a gravity-defying sandwich, then build our own take-home towers, built layer by layer, the way Sammy does it. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of Lorraine Francis's "Sammy and the Skyscraper…

Price
FREE
Date
May 1, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
May 1, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Minecraft: Build the Loop

In this series of eight 3-hour classes, students age 11-14 will learn about buildings in the Loop and recreate them in the video game Minecraft. Students will tour Loop buildings, work with gamers and design professionals, learn team-building skills and…

Price
$435 non-members, $360 CAF members
Date
April 30, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
April 30, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Saturday Studio - April

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
Date
April 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
April 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Federal Center

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is known for his simple designs and the phrase "less is more." Adults and children (grades 3 and up) are invited to join us from 12 to 3pm and discover the details on a site visit, do some outdoor sketches and recreate…

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
April 17, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
April 17, 2016
Time
12:00 pm