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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. 

Residential Architecture: From Mansions to Modernism

Many of Chicago's most luxurious residential buildings are located along the lakefront. Historian Julia Bachrach will illuminate the fascinating story of Chicago's residential lakefront architecture from the 1870s through the 1970s in four two-hour classes…

Price
$140 public, $115 CAC members
Date
October 30, 2018
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 30, 2018
Time
10:00 am

Family Build: Skyscrapers

Join us on Oct. 21 or 28 to build tall! We’ll explore a breathtaking collection of skyscraper models in our Drake Skyscraper Gallery, and create our own towering structures inspired by the themes: imagine, work, live and innovate.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
October 28, 2018 and 1 other time

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Date
October 28, 2018 and 1 other time

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 25

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
October 25, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 25, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Guest Lecture: Architecture in Japan with Takaharu Tezuka

Hear about imaginative spaces created by Tokyo-based architect Takaharu Tezuka during this special guest lecture. Takaharu will share a selection of his firm’s most innovative projects, like an open-air kindergarten where children play on the roof.

Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members
Date
October 18, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
October 18, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 18

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
October 18, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 18, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Open House Chicago Family Festival

Bring your family to the new Chicago Architecture Center during Open House Chicago (OHC) to take part in free, family-friendly activities from 10am-4pm both days. Admission to exhibits not included. Drop-in anytime!

Price
Free
Date
October 14, 2018 and 1 other time

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Date
October 14, 2018 and 1 other time

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 11

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
October 11, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 11, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Architect Talk: The Humanistic Designs of Annabelle Selldorf

In this exclusive talk, New York-based architect Annabelle Selldorf will share common threads across her firm’s influential work, with a focus on museum and residential designs that utilize adaptive reuse or take cues from their historical surroundings…

Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members
Date
October 9, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
October 9, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

CAC Educator Reception

Join us for this special educator reception at the brand-new Chicago Architecture Center. Explore our new exhibit galleries and see the expanded Chicago City Model.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 4, 2018
Time
4:30 pm

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Date
October 4, 2018
Time
4:30 pm

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 4

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
October 4, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 4, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Design Dialogues: The Obama Presidential Center

Don't miss this in-depth review of the latest plans for the Obama Presidential Center. Lead architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien will detail their work on this momentous project on Chicago's South Side. Space is limited.

Price
$35 public, $25 CAF members
Date
September 27, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
September 27, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Sept. 27

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
September 27, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
September 27, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Open House Chicago Preview

Join CAC for a sneak peek of Open House Chicago (OHC), our free, annual architecture festival taking place Oct. 13-14. Hear about what’s new and exciting in this eighth year of the event.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
September 26, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
September 26, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

Girls Build! Fall 2018

This 8-week class invites girls ages 11-14 to understand architecture through the work of Chicago's historic women designers. We'll go on site visits in the city, research iconic figures and develop visual literacy and architecture design skills.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
September 23, 2018
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
September 23, 2018
Time
1:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Sept. 20

The September 20th Teen Open Studio has been cancelled.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 20, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
September 20, 2018
Time
5:00 pm