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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. 

How Bauhaus Took Hold in Chicago

Hear how Chicago inherited German Bauhaus design with a look at the lasting influence of two famed Illinois Institute of Technology professors: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and László Moholy-Nagy.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
July 26, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
July 26, 2019
Time
10:00 am

No Small Plans Professional Development Workshop

This training, on July 24 and 25, will familiarize participating educators with themes and issues within the graphic novel, and explain how they can use the graphic novel to support teaching and learning in the classroom.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
July 24, 2019
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 24, 2019
Time
9:00 am

Geoffrey Baer's Architecture Road Trips

Planning a late-summer getaway? On July 22 CAC docent and WTTW host Geoffrey Baer will share his architecture road trip suggestions during this special event. Learn about rewarding stops in popular destinations and must-see sites in smaller towns.

Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $20 CAC members
Date
July 22, 2019 and 1 other time

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Date
July 22, 2019 and 1 other time

Design Your Neighborhood Camp

Discover the history of Chicago and collaborate with your fellow campers to design and build an ideal neighborhood during this week-long urban planning camp for ages 11-14. Each camper receives a copy of the graphic novel "No Small Plans."

Price
$480 public, $384 CAC members
Date
July 22, 2019
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 22, 2019
Time
9:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: Engineering Bridges

Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, but it's also known for its innovative bridges. Learn about the Michigan Avenue bridge, a trunnion bascule that was invented right here in Chicago. Build our own bridge and test its strength!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
July 21, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
July 21, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Architecture Camp

Get an introduction to architecture basics by exploring buildings, bridges and iconic structures along the Chicago River. This week-long camp for ages 7-10 will include walking tours, sketching exercises and model building.

Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
Date
July 15, 2019
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 15, 2019
Time
9:00 am

Read and Build: Inventions

Use your imagination to invent structures out of odds and ends, then test the strength of your creations! Drop in any time before 11am to enjoy multiple readings of “Audrey the Amazing Inventor” by Rachel Valentine.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
July 3, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
July 3, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Frank Lloyd Wright's Penwern: A Summer Estate

Author and photographer Mark Hertzberg presents on his new book about Penwern, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed vacation estate on Lake Delevan in southern Wisconsin. Come learn about the harmony between four structures on a breathtaking 10-acre site.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
June 26, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
June 26, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Curious City at the Center

The CAC and WBEZ’s Curious City podcast team are hosting an architecture extravaganza! Hear the story behind a famous Chicago skyscraper through a live performance and help stump top architects in a live game of Architecture Jeopardy.

Price
$25 public and CAC members
Date
June 20, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 20, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Art in Architecture

Did you know art and architecture often intersect? We’ll visit Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building to observe ornamentation and sculptures, then head back to the design studio to create your own building that incorporates art.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
June 16, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
June 16, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Read and Build: Art in Architecture

Join us on our search for art in architecture! Come learn about buildings inspired by art and ornamentation through hands-on activities and multiple readings of “Maya Lin Artist—Architect of Light and Lines” by Jeanne Walker Harvey.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
June 5, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
June 5, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Skyscrapers for All?

If tall buildings represent the future of city living, what policies and technologies will help make them affordable to the masses? Get insights from a panel of experts on the design innovations and policy initiatives making inroads today.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC and CTBUH members
Date
June 4, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 4, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Chicago: From Vision to Metropolis

In "Chicago: From Vision to Metropolis", journalist Whet Moser dissects the myths, legends and shifting aspirations for our city. Get an informed local’s take on Chicago’s arduous—and often scandalous—journey from trading post to global metropolis…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
May 29, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
May 29, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Bringing Modernist Icons Back to Life

Efforts to preserve our Modernist architectural icons are ramping up in Chicago and around the nation. In this 100th anniversary year of the Bauhaus, learn about the work underway to re-interpret and protect important Mid-Century Modern buildings.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
May 21, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
May 21, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Aqua Tower

Come learn about Aqua Tower—a modern skyscraper inspired by water that is both sustainable and beautiful. Then, find your own inspiration in nature and create a planet-friendly creation using LEGO®.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
May 19, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
May 19, 2019
Time
12:00 pm