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Until further notice, all CAC walking tours are suspended and the Center at 111 E. Wacker Dr. is closed, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Illinois.

At the 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 the CAC. 

Daytime Talk: Saving Harley Clarke Mansion

Evanston History Center’s Kris Hartzell and and Evanston Plan Commission’s Jack Weiss share the historical significance of the Harley Clarke Mansion, a Tudor-style home designed by Richard Powers and built in 1927. We’ll discuss the current demolition…

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Behind the Scenes Tour: Logan Square

Go behind the scenes of two of Logan Square’s most exciting recent housing developments. We’ll visit Brininstool + Lynch’s Logan Square L Luxury apartments and Wheeler Kearns’ MiCA towers, for an exclusive tour with the architects and those involved…

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Saturday Studio: September

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…

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Read and Build: A Few Blocks

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "A Few Blocks" by Cybele Young. Together we'll learn about architecture through building block activities.

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Back to School Block Party

Celebrate the beginning of the school year with CAF at our block party—featuring actual building blocks! Drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm on the Saturday before Labor Day, bring your family and friends and join us for fun architecture and design…

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Saturday Studio: Interior Design

This Saturday Studio will be led by Oak Park Station lead Evan Watson from FitzGerald Associates Architects. Alongside the architect, students will learn what it takes to make a building beautiful. Conceptualizing everything from doorknobs to draperies…

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Read and Build: Last Stop on Market Street

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt Pena. At each of our activity stations, we'll explore what makes a neighborhood special and paint with patterns to create a mixed-media community…

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Summer Camp: Catwalk Playlist

Design isn't just about architecture—it's a part of the fashion and music worlds, too! Campers ages 11-14 will explore how fashion, music and architecture share ideas and change throughout the decades. We'll tour the Loop, meet design professionals…

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Saturday Studio: Floor by Floor

This Saturday Studio will be led by Oak Park Station lead Evan Watson from FitzGerald Associates Architects. With the architect, students will make decisions, learn about what needs to go inside a building, and build out a design, floor by floor.

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