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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. 

Behind the Scenes: Buffett Place

On July 9, 2015, come see the Fred and Pamela Buffett Place—a completely renovated, environmentally-friendly, supportive housing community by Landon Bone Baker Architects in 2014. This transformation of the 1920s Diplomat Hotel in Lakeview won a Chicago…

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
July 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
July 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build 2015: Larry Gets Lost in Chicago

Let’s go on a scavenger hunt around the block to see Larry’s favorite spots in Chicago! Suitable for ages 3—5; older siblings and friends up to age 7 will also enjoy this studio.

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
July 1, 2015
Time
10:00 am

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Date
July 1, 2015
Time
10:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: Emphasis

Come explore how designers emphasize details to make our built environment more intriguing! You will 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 every month…

Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
Date
June 28, 2015 and 7 other times

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Date
June 28, 2015 and 7 other times

Saturday Studio: Emphasis

In June we'll learn to see like designers as we explore our city and create unique structures using the design principle of "emphasis."

Price
Free
Date
June 27, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
June 27, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

Drinks + Design: Emphasis

Stand out! This month we explore the most attention grabbing Principle of Design: Emphasis. Together, we’ll create designs with EMPHASIS or a visual focal point utilizing LEGO® Architecture Studio bricks.

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
June 24, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 24, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Burnham Society: Virgin Hotel, Private Tour and Reception

The Old Dearborn Bank Building, a 27-story Art Deco landmark, opened in January 2015, showcasing the architectural features restored and recreated for this hip hotel. Members of the Burnham Society will be among the first to experience the new rooftop…

Date
June 16, 2015
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
June 16, 2015
Time
5:30 pm

Design Dialogues: A Connected Riverwalk

With the upcoming completion of the main branch of the Riverwalk, the City's long-held vision for our  "second shoreline" is starting to come into focus. How will the designs for this six-block overhaul transform the former industrial waterway into a…

Price
$5 Overflow room tickets (same price member/non-member), $12 non-members (sold out), $7 CAF members (sold out), $5 students (at box office the day of event)
Date
June 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
June 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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