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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: ON YOUR FEET! Reception

Join us for an exclusive members-only presentation and cocktail reception as Richard Jaris, Senior Associate and Scenic Designer at the Rockwell Group, provides insight into the creative design that brings this set of "ON YOUR FEET!" to life. Afterwards…

Price
$145 Loge Level Seats, $165 Orchestra Level Seats
Date
June 5, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 5, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Iggy Peck, Architect

What are you passionate about? This month we will read about Iggy Peck Architect, a young designer passionate about buildings! We'll think like Iggy on a interactive walking tour. Suitable for ages 3—5; older siblings and friends up to age 7 will also…

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF Members
Date
June 3, 2015
Time
10:00 am

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Date
June 3, 2015
Time
10:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: Asymmetry

We all want to build like the pros and now you can every Sunday in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF. Come 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…

Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
Date
May 31, 2015 and 8 other times

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Date
May 31, 2015 and 8 other times

Burnham Society Tour: Home of Gordon Gill

Gordon is a trustee of CAF and partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. He uses cutting-edge materials to build the world's tallest skyscrapers, but at home he admires the 6-foot-4-inch, chocolate-brown brick wall that encloses his secret-garden…

Date
May 28, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
May 28, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Drinks + Design: Asymmetry

Drinks + Design in the Studio is a monthly, hands-on program for adults (21+). Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and design using LEGO® while enjoying an after-work drink.

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
May 27, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
May 27, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Behind the Scenes: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

On Wednesday, May 20, join us for a Behind the Scenes tour at the newly renovated Chicago Athletic Association hotel led by preservation architect Paul Alessandro of Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. Be the first to see the new roof top bar, and the historic…

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
May 20, 2015
Time
4:30 pm

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Date
May 20, 2015
Time
4:30 pm

CAFamily Studio: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Window

Combine math and art for exciting results! Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio and recreate Frank Lloyd Wright's famous stained and leaded glass windows. Great for students 7—12 years old.

Price
FREE for CAF Members, $5 non-members
Date
May 16, 2015
Time
11:00 am

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Date
May 16, 2015
Time
11:00 am

Design Dialogues: Chicago's Recession Story

How do we understand the impact of the recession on Chicago’s architecture? Join us as we uncover lesser known unbuilt projects, revisit headline grabbing failures (think: the Spire and the Old Post Office), and celebrate successful preservation and adaptive…

Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members, $5 students (at box office the day of event)
Date
May 12, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
May 12, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

CAF Family Scavenger Hunt

The CAF Family Scavenger Hunt is a one hour, non-competitive activity for kids under 10 and their families. Arrive at Buckingham Fountain to start your hunt anytime between 1 and 5pm to discover and explore fun architectural details in a walkable area…

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Palladianism, Four Centuries of Style

The year 2015 marks the 300th anniversary of the publication of the first English translations of Andrea Palladio's I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura [The Four Books of Architecture]. Charles Hind, Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings at the…

Price
$35 non-members, $25 CAF members*
Date
May 8, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
May 8, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: What Do You Do With an Idea?

This studio is all about thinking and bringing ideas to life! Students will read What Do You Do With an Idea? and use studio materials to design a poster for their best idea. Suitable for ages 3—5; older siblings and friends up to age 7 will also enjoy…

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
May 6, 2015
Time
10:00 am

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Date
May 6, 2015
Time
10:00 am

Drinks + Design: Texture

Drinks + Design in the Studio is a monthly, hands-on program for adults (21+). Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and design using LEGO® while enjoying an after-work drink.  

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
April 29, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 29, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Texture

We all want to build like the pros and now you can every Sunday in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF. Come 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…

Price
Adults & children- $10, Members- $5
Date
April 26, 2015 and 5 other times

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Date
April 26, 2015 and 5 other times

Saturday Studio: Texture

Work with great architects, designers, engineers, and mentors from the Chicago area! Our hands-on studio-based workshops offer design challenges and real-life problem-solving. Come explore the exciting worlds of architecture, engineering and construction…

Price
FREE
Date
April 25, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
April 25, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

CAF Educator Event: Maker Party

We're inviting K—12 educators in all subject matters to come explore why design matters through hands-on activities in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF. We'll enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres while we build with LEGO®, tinker with robots, solve…

Price
FREE
Date
April 24, 2015
Time
4:30 pm

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Date
April 24, 2015
Time
4:30 pm