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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. 

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 3

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
October 3, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 3, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Current Projects: Saving Old Cook County Hospital

Get an exclusive look at the Old Cook County Hospital redevelopment project and learn how successful collaboration between local government leaders, developers, designers and preservationists saved this historic structure.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC & Landmarks Illinois members
Date
October 1, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
October 1, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Biennial Teacher Training - Oct. 1

Bring the Chicago Architecture Biennial into your classroom this fall! Teachers are invited to attend a free training from 4:30-7:30pm to learn more about the Biennial’s themes and how it can support teaching and learning.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 1, 2019
Time
4:30 pm

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Date
October 1, 2019
Time
4:30 pm

Girls Build! Urban Architecture

This program is now full and online registration is closed. If you have any questions, please email education@architecture.org.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
September 29, 2019
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
September 29, 2019
Time
1:00 pm

Biennial Teacher Training - Sept. 28

Bring the Chicago Architecture Biennial into your classroom this fall! Teachers are invited to attend a free training from 9am to noon to learn more about the Biennial’s themes and how it can support teaching and learning.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 28, 2019
Time
9:00 am

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Date
September 28, 2019
Time
9:00 am

Teen Open Studio - Sep. 26

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
September 26, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
September 26, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Open House Chicago Preview

Join us for a special sneak peek of Open House Chicago (OHC), our free, annual architecture festival taking place Oct. 19-20 at more than 250 sites across the city. Hear what’s new and exciting in this ninth year of the event.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
September 25, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
September 25, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Spatializing Memory: The Gun Violence Memorial Project

Architecture is not neutral; it hurts or it heals. Hear about projects by Boston-based MASS Design Group that use architecture to draw attention to difficult issues like gun violence, the topic of the firm's major installation at the 2019 Chicago Architecture…

Price
$15 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC members
Date
September 21, 2019
Time
1:30 pm

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Date
September 21, 2019
Time
1:30 pm

Reinterpreting Garfield Park's Landscape

Hear from two Danish artists about their Chicago Architecture Biennial project, which reimagines the Garfield Park Conservatory landscape with a field of 10,000 cabbages and an outdoor kitchen, designed to be a local community gathering spot.

Price
Free with registration*
Date
September 20, 2019
Time
12:30 pm

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Date
September 20, 2019
Time
12:30 pm

LEGO Build Workshop: 111 E. Wacker

Come learn what makes our home—the International style 111 E. Wacker building—unique at our monthly LEGO Build! Construct a LEGO structure inspired by 111 E. Wacker, where Mies van der Rohe’s “less is more” philosophy is very apparent.

Price
$20 Public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
Date
September 15, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
September 15, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

In Their Own Words: Building the John Hancock

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the John Hancock Center’s (now 875 North Michigan) completion, designers who conceived of and worked on the project will give first-hand accounts of Chicago’s 1960s tall buildings boom.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC and CTBUH members
Date
September 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
September 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Members Only: The Legacy of Public Art in Chicago

Coinciding with the start of EXPO Chicago, CAC Docent Ed McDevitt will give a special talk on the importance of public art for the city's civic realm. Revisit popular works in the Loop and learn about some lesser-known projects.

Price
Free for CAC members
Date
September 10, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
September 10, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Mobile Architecture Lab

Ready to take the Chicago Architecture Center to the next level?! Visit our Mobile Architecture Lab on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 3pm to interact with the CAC exhibits in new and exciting ways. The lab features fun, hands-on activities…

Price
Free with CAC admission
Date
August 31, 2019 and 61 other times

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Date
August 31, 2019 and 61 other times

Chicago Riverwalk Talks

Join us on the Riverwalk as we discuss “The River and Its Architecture – Work, Play and Live”. Learn about the River’s past and plans for the future, the Riverwalk design and why this new playscape is an exciting addition to Chicago.

Price
Free
Date
August 30, 2019 and 30 other times

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Date
August 30, 2019 and 30 other times