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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. 

Donors Only: Appetite for Design

Donor-level members are welcome to attend this invitation-only program at The National, the former Chicago Public Schools headquarters at 125 S. Clark St. Blue Star Properties Principal Craig Golden will share details about how the historic renovation…

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Art Nouveau and Chicago Architects

Before Art Deco, another design style was favored by Chicago's great architects as a way to add character to their buildings. Explore the city's connections to Art Nouveau and the architects that designed in the style through various buildings that can…

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Homes Delivered: The Story of Sears Home Kits

Shoppers flocked to mail-order retailers during the 20th century, even going so far as to order their homes through the mail. Between 1908 and 1940, the Chicago-based retailer Sears sold more than 70,000 customizable home kits, making it the largest and…

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Winter Camp: Girls Build! (Affordable) Dream House

Think outside the box and design a dream house! This Girls Build! camp is specially crafted to engage girls ages 11–14 in architecture and design. From 2 to 5pm on select Sundays in January, February and March, girls will work through the design process…

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Chicago's Most Endangered Buildings 2022

What buildings in Chicago are most endangered this year? Find out at the unveiling of the 20th annual “Chicago 7,” a list from Preservation Chicago that identifies significant structures and public spaces preservationists hope to protect from the…

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Blowin’ in the Wind: Reducing Building Sway

In order to withstand the Windy City's namesake weather, some of Chicago’s tallest buildings are designed to sway in the breeze, which can leave residents and workers feeling seasick. Join us for a look at the innovative ways structural engineers minimize…

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Let's Talk About Land Acknowledgement

The Chicago Architecture Center stands on unceded Native land. As we work to better represent Chicago’s diversity in everything we do, this spring the CAC will begin to incorporate land acknowledgement into all public offerings (tours and programs)…

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