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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. 

Drinks and Design in the Studio: Chicago Model City

Drinks and Design in the Studio: Chicago Model City Catherine Tinker, Founder and Owner of Columbian Model & Exhibit Works Ltd. talks scale! Recreate your favorite Chicago building or design our future city! Drinks + Design in the Studio is a bimonthly…

Date
July 16, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
July 16, 2014
Time
12:00 am

Special Lecture: Charles Montgomery’s Happy City

Special Lecture: Charles Montgomery’s Happy CityCharles Montgomery, Author For years, self-help experts have told us that we need to do inner work in order to improve our lives. But what if our cities themselves had the power to make or break our happiness?…

Date
June 12, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
June 12, 2014
Time
12:00 am

City of Big Data PechaKucha Night

City of Big Data PechaKucha Night What can you learn about Big Data in 400 seconds? Come to the special, CAF City of Big Data PechaKucha Night and find out! The most engaging thinkers in the city talk about their work in 20 slides up for only 20 seconds…

Date
May 29, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
May 29, 2014
Time
12:00 am

Drinks + Design in the Studio: Speed Sketching

Drinks + Design in the Studio: Speed Sketching Can you sketch like an architect? Armed with sharpies, pencils and old-fashioned view finders, you can learn the tricks of the trade. Come in a novice and leave feeling like a pro. Architects from Cannon…

Date
May 21, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
May 21, 2014
Time
12:00 am

LunchTalks@CAF: Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Buildings of 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Buildings of 2014 Ward Miller, President, Preservation Chicago In this widely anticipated annual event, Preservation Chicago reveals its list of Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Historic Places of 2014. The purpose…

Date
May 21, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
May 21, 2014
Time
12:00 am

LunchTalks@CAF: Connection and High Performance

LunchTalks@CAF: Connection and High Performance Luke Leung, PE, LEED-AP, Director of Sustainable Engineering, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP Three different aspects of connection to deliver high performance design will be discussed in this presentation—connecting…

Date
April 30, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
April 30, 2014
Time
12:00 am

Instruments for Urban Production

Instruments for Urban Production Over the past 150 years architects have approached the city through the lens of geometry, symbolism,hygiene, collage, contextualism, technology, density and landscape, among others. Recently, a whole host of new forces…

Date
April 25, 2014
Time
12:00 am

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Date
April 25, 2014
Time
12:00 am