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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. 

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

CAFamily Studio: Bridge Builders

Chicago has more movable bridges than any other city in the world! In this CAFamily Studio, students will learn why Chicago has so many movable bridges and then use studio objects to create their own! This studio is suitable for students age 7—12 and…

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40th Annual Gala - Chicago Green + Global: The Design Legacy of Richard M. Daley

The 40th Annual Gala will celebrate Mayor Richard M. Daley's many contributions to the architectural splendor of Chicago. The event will showcase Chicago's finest, including fun and funky food trucks in the Skyline loft and music by Chicago blues siren…

Price
Individual ticket- $500, Tables and sponsorships- $5,000 and up
Date
April 16, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 16, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Design Dialogues: Chicago Playscapes

The lessons of Millennium Park still burn bright, as Chicago continues to invest in the creation of new forms of urban recreation space. What do amenities like the ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park and the conversion of the Bloomingdale line into…

Price
Adults- $12, Members- $7, Students— $5 at box office day of event
Date
April 14, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 14, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Behind the Scenes: Motorola Headquarters

Tour the new Motorola Mobility Headquarters at Merchandise Mart. The Gensler-designed Motorola Mobility space incorporates the latest thinking in technology, workplace wellness and sustainable design. Our tour of the 605,000 square-foot space includes…

Price
Adults- $20, Members- $15
Date
April 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

High School Competition Workshop

Working on a project for the Newhouse or Discoverdesign.org Competitions? Come join us at CAF for some one-on-one feedback from professional architect, design and engineering mentors from the Chicago area. Bring your projects or saved project files, or…

Price
FREE
Date
April 8, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
April 8, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

Minsuk Cho at the Art Institute of Chicago

Join us for a lecture by Minsuk Cho, founder of MASS Studies in Seoul. As the Commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition—la Biennale di Venezia, he was awarded the Golden Lion for the Best National Participation…

Price
Free
Date
April 7, 2015
Time
6:30 pm

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Date
April 7, 2015
Time
6:30 pm

Members Only: Screening: Love Under Fire

Members of the Chicago Architecture Foundation are invited for a screening of Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer.

Price
Members- $35
Date
March 30, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 30, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Saturday Studio: Light and Shadow

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

Price
FREE
Date
March 28, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
March 28, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

Behind the Scenes: Jones College Prep

The award winning William Jones College Preparatory High School opened in the fall of 2013, signaling new possibilities and innovation in urban school design. The tour will highlight how creative use of space and light can enrich student learning in an…

Price
Adults- $20, Members- $15
Date
March 26, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 26, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Drinks + Design: Shadow

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
Adults- $20, Members- $15
Date
March 25, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 25, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Minecraft Studio: Middle School Camp

Use Minecraft to explore why design matters. You'll need to work with a team to solve a unique design problem. Players will move between the physical and digital worlds with Minecraft and LEGO®. Registration for this camp includes all sessions, March…

Price
Students- $325, students of members- $260
Date
March 23, 2015
Time
9:30 am

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Date
March 23, 2015
Time
9:30 am

CAFamily Studio: Skyline Stories

Have you ever looked up at a building and thought, "How was that designed?" "What was the architect thinking?" The answer to these questions and many more are revealed in CAF's new online exhibition, Skyline Stories. In this CAFamily Studio, we will use…

Price
Children- $5, children of members- FREE
Date
March 21, 2015 and 1 other time

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Date
March 21, 2015 and 1 other time