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At the 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 the CAC. 

Read and Build: Build Strong

What makes a building strong? Touch materials like steel and concrete, then design your own house to keep out the big bad wolf! Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for readings of "The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale" by Steven Guarnaccia.

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Saturday Studio: February

Join us from 12-3pm in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio to work with architects, designers and professional mentors from the Chicago area. These hands-on studios help develop basic architecture and design skills while solving real-world challenges.

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Daytime Talk: Uptown Theatre

Hear about the past and future of the Uptown Theatre, a movie palace at the corner of Lawrence and Broadway. Designed by Rapp and Rapp, the elaborate Balaban and Katz Uptown Theatre has remained shuttered since 1981.

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Book Club: Nature's Metropolis

Join this two-part book club for a discussion of William Cronon’s trailblazing environmental work. Nature's Metropolis looks at how 19th-century Chicago became a bustling commercial hub due to unique ecological and economic circumstances.

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Read and Build: Gizmos and Gadgets

Are you an inventor? Construct a great invention from odds and ends, test it out and celebrate the flops and failures. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty.

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Daytime Talk: Micro Apartments

Join Susan King from Harley Ellis Devereaux as she discusses Lake Street Studios, the award-winning West Loop residence she designed in 2015, and why she believes micro units are vital to sustaining our city’s social fabric.

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LEGO® Build Workshop: Wabash Tower

In this month's LEGO® Build, we'll investigate Wabash Tower, a "vertical campus" for college students with classrooms, dormitories and a cafeteria. Join us from 12–3pm for a mini-walking tour to Wabash Tower, then recreate it using LEGO®.

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Winter Fun Festival

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but we’re having lots of fun at CAF! Drop in any time between 10am and 2pm for a special winter celebration full of hands-on activities and, of course, some hot chocolate with marshmallows. We'll design and build…

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Architect Talk: Reimagining the Public Library

“Composition, Contrast, Complexity” is a perfect summary of the rich sensory journey visitors experience in a space designed by Mecanoo Architects. It’s also the title of founding partner Francine Houben’s book about the Dutch firm. Join Houben…

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Read and Build: Larry Gets Lost in Chicago

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Larry Gets Lost in Chicago" by Michael Mullin and John Skewes. Join us in turning our city into a scavenger hunt as we look for Larry at iconic Chicago destinations.

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Daytime Talk: The National

Downtown Chicago is currently witnessing a burst of historic restorations. One such project is The National, a renovation of the former Chicago Public Schools headquarters building at 125 S. Clark. Lead architect Aric Lasher of HBRA Architects will let…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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