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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. 

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

CAF's 50th Birthday Bash

Join us for a celebration of CAF's 50th anniversary! Activities for all ages will take place throughout the historic Railway Exchange Building, home to CAF since 1992. This building-wide anniversary blowout will feature a brand new exhibition, plus talks…

Price
FREE
Date
April 16, 2016
Time
10:00 am

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Date
April 16, 2016
Time
10:00 am

Current Projects: Chicago River Building Boom

With the upcoming completion of the main branch of the Riverwalk, the City’s long-held vision for our “second shoreline” is coming into focus. But high above the river banks, change is happening just as dramatically. Join us for a design review…

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
April 12, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 12, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Chicago Architecture Foundation's 50th Anniversary Gala

For 50 years, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has welcomed the world to our great city and enriched Chicago's reputation as a foremost center of architectural innovation across the globe. On Friday, April 8, CAF will host Gala 2016 at the Hilton…

Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 8, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 8, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Roberto the Insect Architect

This month we'll learn about animal architecture from an insect builder, a termite named Roberto. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to make your take-home birdhouse and enjoy multiple readings of Nina Laden's "Roberto, The Insect Architect."

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

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Date
April 3, 2016
Time
9:00 am

Saturday Studio - March

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
March 26, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
March 26, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

Members Only: "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"

Join us for a lecture and book signing event featuring Matthew Christopher's "Abandoned America" project, which captures the mesmerizing beauty and lost history of the derelict buildings dotting our country's landscape. In gorgeous photography, Christopher's…

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

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Date
March 22, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Lifelong Learning @ CAF: Chicago Neighborhoods & Homes

In this two-part educational series (March 16 and 23), we'll explore the development of Chicago as a city of neighborhoods and the various types of home styles we have built. From parishes to zoning to annexation, hear how the fabric of Chicago was stitched…

Price
$75 non-members, $55 CAF members
Date
March 16, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 16, 2016
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Home

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for a morning of making and storytelling, with multiple readings of "Home" by Carson Ellis. Together we'll learn about different types of homes, then design and build your own dream home using studio materials.

Price
FREE
Date
March 6, 2016
Time
9:00 am

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Date
March 6, 2016
Time
9:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: Three Types of Bridges

Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, but it's also known for its innovative bridges. In this LEGO® Build Workshop, we'll learn about three different types of bridges and how engineers built them strong enough to span the Chicago River. We'll also…

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
February 21, 2016
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 21, 2016
Time
12:00 pm