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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. 

High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing

Join author Ben Austen for a two-part book club about his acclaimed book “High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing.” Peter Landon of Landon Bone Baker Architects will join Ben on the second evening.

Price
$40 public, $25 CAC members
Date
February 13, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 13, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Tall & Timber: Chicago's First Wooden Skyscraper

When you think of tall building materials, steel and concrete likely come to mind. But now, wood skyscrapers are moving closer to becoming a reality. Hear about the proposed River Beech Tower, an 80-story timber high-rise designed by Perkins+Will.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
February 13, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 13, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

International Dialogues: Big Data in Big Cities

How is the collection and dissemination of big data changing how we plan and build cities? This virtual meet-up, held in conjunction with New London Architecture, will highlight how two global cities—Chicago and London—are using open data to positively…

Price
$20 non-Industry Council members, Free for CAC Industry Council members*
Date
February 13, 2019
Time
8:00 am

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Date
February 13, 2019
Time
8:00 am

Current Projects: Prefab Design on the Rise

Construction contractor Skender has joined a new prefab movement with the opening of an apartment module factory in South Lawndale. Learn how entire apartment modules are built off-site and later pieced together.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Family Build: Engineering

Join us on Sundays to build, invent and test out your engineering skills! Families will learn about the design process through hands-on activities.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
February 17, 2019 and 2 other times

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Date
February 17, 2019 and 2 other times

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 7

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 7, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
February 7, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Educator Open House 2019

Are you a K-12 educator interested in using CAC resources to help your students explore why design matters? Come learn about exciting offerings and programs for you and your students, both at CAC and in classrooms.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 6, 2019
Time
4:30 pm

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Date
February 6, 2019
Time
4:30 pm

Read and Build: Engineering

Are you an inventor? Construct a great invention from odds and ends, test it out and celebrate the failures and successes. Drop in any time to enjoy multiple readings of "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
February 6, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
February 6, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Girls Build!: Adaptive Architecture

How do you take something old and make it new again? In this course, students will creatively examine how to repurpose an old structure. Students will visit a building and think outside the box by redesigning the structure for a new and different use…

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 27, 2019
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
January 27, 2019
Time
1:00 pm

Family Build: Transportation

Join us to explore how transportation connects our schools, homes and towns. Through hands-on activities, learn about roads and railways, and how urban planners decide where things go!

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
January 27, 2019 and 3 other times

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Date
January 27, 2019 and 3 other times

Architecture Storytelling

Join us for an evening of fun and fascinating storytelling with architects, interior designers, CAC docents and regular folks who will share crafted tales about Chicago’s buildings and their personal experiences with the built environment.

Price
$15 public, $10 CAC members
Date
January 24, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 24, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Jan. 24

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
January 24, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
January 24, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: The "L"

Chicago’s iconic train system, known as the "L", gets its nickname from being “elevated” above the city's streets. In this workshop, you'll see public transportation in action and build your own "L" platform and train using LEGO®.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
January 20, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 20, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

A Survey of Great Architecture Exhibitions

The CAC descends from a long line of comparable architectural displays, stretching back more than 200 years. In this two-part class, historian and author John Zukowsky leads a discussion on the traditions and trends in exhibiting architecture.

Price
$40 public, $25 CAC members
Date
January 18, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
January 18, 2019
Time
10:00 am