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Welcome back! Choose from more than 50 reinstated walking tours, book a CAFC River Cruise and visit the Center Thursday through Monday.

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. 

Retrofitting the Suburbs

How do we retrofit suburbs to be livable, sustainable, and economically viable places in the long run? Join this illuminating discussion with an urban planner, a developer and a designer on the front lines of reshaping Chicago’s suburbs.

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CAC Live April 4: Architecture Essentials

Join CAC Director of Interpretation Adam Rubin online for a virtual version of our engaging program for emerging architecture enthusiasts. Learn fun facts about significant Chicago buildings and key architectural terms, styles and materials.

Price
Free for CAC Members, $8 Public
Date
April 4, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
April 4, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

CAC Live April 7: Architecture Essentials

Join CAC Director of Interpretation Adam Rubin online for a virtual version of our engaging program for architecture enthusiasts. Learn fun facts about significant Chicago buildings and key architectural terms, styles and materials.

Price
Free for CAC Members, $8 Public
Date
April 7, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

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Date
April 7, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

Chicago Architecture Center Gala 2020

On July 23, the CAC is proud to present a free, virtual experience you won’t want to miss! We are excited to bring you our annual Gala in a fun, new way this year. Come celebrate the CAC and the 10th anniversary of our Open House Chicago festival.

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Design Dialogues: The Future of Airport Design

The best airport terminals are easy-to-navigate spaces of architectural intrigue. Hear from a panel of leading architects who are charting a new course for airport design. Learn how they’re pulling off bold—yet functional and future-proof—visions…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 4, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 4, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

Girls Build!: Architecture Essentials

This class, designed for first-time Girls Build! participants, will help female-identifying students ages 11-14 understand architecture essentials. Together we'll use the design process to create a series of architectural plans and a massing model.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 30, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
January 30, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

Adaptable House: The Next Chicago Bungalow

Learn about Adaptable House, a re-imagining of the classic Chicago bungalow as a flexible home that grows with changing family needs. Meet Greg Tamborino, the architect behind the award-winning design, which won the 2019 Disruptive Design competition…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
January 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Girls Build!: Interior Design

This six-week scholarship program for girls ages 11-14 will give students a chance to explore the exciting world of interior design, through hands-on projects, interactions with professional designers and behind-the-scenes tours of design firms.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 26, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
January 26, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

Frank Lloyd Wright’s World Heritage Sites

Hear from preservationists and advocates about what went into researching and applying for the World Heritage status that was recently awarded to eight Frank Lloyd Wright sites across the U.S.—including local icons Robie House and Unity Temple.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
January 23, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 23, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Imagine

Take a guided tour through the CAC to explore technological innovations architects and engineers use to keep building higher, then use your imagination to build your own innovative structure with LEGO®!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
January 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 19, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Teen Saturday Studio: Advocating for Architecture with AIA Illinois

Join the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois to learn about real-world design issues and how buildings become a reality—from funding to government approval. Then, split into teams to debate why advocating for good design is important.

Price
Free with registration
Date
January 18, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
January 18, 2020
Time
1:00 pm