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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. 

Design Dialogues: Post Industrial Chicago

From Google to Groupon, the booming tech field is breathing new life into our city’s former industrial buildings. Explore the design opportunities and economic factors driving this reshaping of Near West Side, Goose Island and River North, plus take a…

Price
Adults- $12, Members- $7, Students— $5 at box office day of event
Date
March 10, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 10, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Minecraft Studio: 2 Day Challenge

Use Minecraft to build a shelter strong enough to survive an attack in an inhospitable environment. You'll need to work with a team to solve this problem! Players will move between the physical and digital worlds build with Minecraft and LEGO®. CAF will…

Price
Students- $60, students of members- $50
Date
March 7, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
March 7, 2015
Time
12:00 pm

Institute of Environmental Sustainability - Loyola

The new - Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed - Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola is a beacon of sustainable building in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. CAF's Behind the Scenes tour, led by the project team, includes visits to the Clean…

Price
Adults- $17, Members- $12
Date
March 5, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 5, 2015
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: W is for Windy City

Celebrate Chicago's nickname, "The Windy City," at our March Read and Build! Students will read W is For Windy City and make mobiles inspired by artist Alexander Calder. Suitable for ages 3-5. 

Price
Children of members- FREE, Children- $5
Date
March 4, 2015
Time
10:00 am

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Date
March 4, 2015
Time
10:00 am

LunchTalks@CAF: Historic Chicago data – before it was big

 LunchTalks@CAF: Historic Chicago data – before it was big Jen Masengarb, Director of Interpretation and Research City data isn’t new—architects and planners have long sought ways of quantifying and representing urban design issues. Early data on Chicago…

Date
December 17, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
December 17, 2014
Time
12:00 am

LunchTalks@CAF: AIA Guide to Chicago, the third edition

LunchTalks@CAF: AIA Guide to Chicago, the third edition Laurie M. Petersen, Editor, and Zurich Esposito, Executive Vice President, AIA Chicago The third edition of this authoritative guidebook brings readers up to date on ten years of dynamic changes…

Date
December 10, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
December 10, 2014
Time
12:00 am

The Big Idea: Experience Data

  The Big Idea: Experience Data Download the presentation Access to data is shaping the future of the built environment. Join us for a conversation on how emerging technologies will change what we can see and know, how we elect to design and build…

Date
December 9, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
December 9, 2014
Time
12:00 am

LunchTalks@CAF: The Black Skyscraper

  LunchTalks@CAF: The Black Skyscraper Adrienne Brown, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago How did the birth of the skyscraper change the way that race was encountered in city centers? Dr. Brown will present insights…

Date
December 3, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
December 3, 2014
Time
12:00 am

Drinks + Design: Urban Data with Lego®

Drinks + Design: Urban Data with LEGO® Drinks + Design in the Studio is a bimonthly, hands-on program for adults. Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and engineering during this…

Date
November 19, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
November 19, 2014
Time
12:00 am

LunchTalks@CAF: Exclusive Preview - Open House Chicago 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: Exclusive Preview - Open House Chicago 2014 Garrett Karp, Program Manager, Open House Chicago CAF's 4th annual Open House Chicago is taking place October 18th & 19th. The city's largest architecture and urban exploration festival offers…

Date
October 15, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
October 15, 2014
Time
12:00 am