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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. 

Summer Camp: Minecraft Builders Unite!

August 3–7, 9am–3pm (5-day camp). Recommended for ages 10–14. In Minecraft: Builders Unite! campers will use Minecraft to explore why design matters. We all have stories to tell—and so do buildings. Minecraft Camp turns campers into digital storytellers…

Price
$450 non-members, $380 CAF members
Date
August 3, 2015
Time
9:00 am

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Date
August 3, 2015
Time
9:00 am

Summer Camp: Skylines 101

July 27–31, 9am–3pm (5-day camp). Recommended for ages 7–11. Math, science, language arts, social science and fine arts come together in every building, but stories are what bring buildings to life. In Skylines 101 students will get to know Chicago's…

Price
$390 non-members, $330 CAF members
Date
July 27, 2015
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 27, 2015
Time
9:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: Surface

Come explore explore architecture and experiment with making a building's surface! 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 to drive…

Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
Date
July 26, 2015 and 7 other times

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Date
July 26, 2015 and 7 other times

Saturday Studio: Surface

Come explore architecture and experiment with making a building's surface! This event is free and open to all teens.

Price
Free
Date
July 25, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
July 25, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

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