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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. 

LEGO® Build Workshop: Wrigley Field

Sports draw big crowds in Chicago. Did you know that Wrigley Field can hold more than 42,000 people? Explore how stadiums are designed with crowds of cheering fans in mind, and create your own LEGO® baseball stadium.

Price
$20 public, $15 CAF members
Date
July 17, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
July 17, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Read and Build: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site" by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Together we'll learn about the tools and trucks on a construction site and decorate our own take-home hard hats.

Price
FREE
Date
July 3, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 3, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Summer Camp: Skyline Explorers

Have you ever looked at a skyscraper and wondered, "How did they do that?" Campers ages 7-11 will get to know the stories behind the skyline in this five-day camp. We'll explore buildings in the Loop, hosted by architects and designers, then write and…

Price
$435 public, $360 CAF members
Date
June 27, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
June 27, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Saturday Studio: Site Specific Development

This Saturday Studio will be led by Oak Park Station lead Evan Watson from FitzGerald Associates Architects. Students will be challenged to design and build a series of buildings for a specific site to meet client needs. Students will learn about massing…

Price
FREE
Date
June 25, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
June 25, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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