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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. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Members Only: Architecture Essentials - Sept. 13

Chicago is synonymous with architecture and Chicagoans—especially CAC members—love to share their knowledge of architecture with family and friends. Come learn fun architecture facts you can share again and again at this members-only event.

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Hip Hop Architecture Camp

Hip Hop Architecture Camp is a one-week intensive experience that challenges youth of underserved populations to explore the cultural implications of architecture in the built environment through the lens of hip hop culture.

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SustainableXDesign

CAF has partnered with Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development to host an intensive, 3-week design program for teens in grades 9-12 this summer.

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Guest Lecture: Sagrada Familia in the Making

Additional time just added! The Basilica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona is one of the world's great buildings. Hear noted engineer Tristram Carfrae explain how architect Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece—under construction since 1882—will be completed…

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Armour Institute

Get a rare glimpse inside the Armour Institute, a towering red brick building on the Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the former classroom and administrative spaces with a developer and an architect before the historic…

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Read and Build: Invention - June 6

Think and create like a scientist as we explore the questions, “What are buildings are made of?” and “How do they stand so tall?” Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty.

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Read and Build: Invention - June 3

Think and create like a scientist as we explore the questions, “What are buildings are made of?” and “How do they stand so tall?” Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty.

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LEGO® Build Workshop: Maggie Daley Park

Chicago, the “City in a Garden,” has more than 8,000 acres of green space! Have you ever been to one of Chicago's parks? Join us from 12pm to 3pm to visit Maggie Daley Park and collaborate as a group to design your own LEGO® park.

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Teen Open Studio - May 10

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Read and Build: Parks - May 6

Learn about architecture from a builder termite named Roberto. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of Nina Laden's "Roberto, The Insect Architect” and make your own animal habitat.

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Teen Open Studio - May 3

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Members Only: CAF 101 - May, 2018

Join us for an inside look at CAF's mission, vision and current activities. This presentation, geared towards new members, will provide insight on the inner workings of CAF and the importance of membership support.

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Read and Build: Parks - May 2

Learn about architecture from a builder termite named Roberto. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of Nina Laden's "Roberto, The Insect Architect” and make your own animal habitat.

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Teen Open Studio - April 26

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Teen Open Studio - April 19

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Design Dialogues: Lakeshore East at 15

Architect Adrian Smith filed the Lakeshore East master plan in 2002. Fifteen years later, it’s worth pausing to look back at how this wholly new neighborhood has evolved. Join Adrian and others with deep ties to Lakeshore East as they reflect on its…

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Teen Open Studio - April 12

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Teen Open Studio - April 5

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Daytime Talk: Renovating Mies' McCormick House

The McCormick House is one of only three residences designed and built by Mies van der Rohe in the United States. Moved to the Elmhurst Art Museum in 1994, the home is now undergoing a renovation that will restore much of its original feel.

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Teen Open Studio - March 22

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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LEGO® Build Workshop: Found City

Explore how cities are designed, from the people on the sidewalks to the buildings reaching tall! In this unique workshop we will think about urban planning, neighborhoods and big cities as we work together to build our own Found City.

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Teen Open Studio - March 15

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Members Only: CAF 101 - March, 2018

Join us for an inside look at CAF's mission, vision and current activities. This presentation, geared towards new members, will provide insight on the inner workings of CAF and the importance of membership support.

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Teen Open Studio - March 8

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Read and Build: Plan A City - March 7

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt Pena. We'll explore what makes a neighborhood special and use mixed-media to create a model community.

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Read and Build: Plan A City - March 4

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt Pena. We'll explore what makes a neighborhood special and use mixed-media to create a model community.

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Teen Open Studio - March 1

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Educator Open House

We invite K-12 educators in all subject areas to explore why design matters through activities. Come learn about exciting resources and program offerings for you and your students, both here at CAF and in classrooms.

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Teen Open Studio - Feb. 22

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Book Club: "Sustainable Nation" with Doug Farr

Architect, urban designer and activist Doug Farr’s second book, “Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future,” poses one big question: how can we make the world we want, as quickly as possible? Come get unique access to the author during…

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LEGO® Build Workshop: Willis Tower

How can a building be so tall without falling over? Willis Tower is made up of nine towers “bundled” together to make it strong and tall. Join us from 12—3pm on February 18 or 19 as we build tall and test the method using LEGO, paper, tape and tubes…

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Design Dialogues: Building Up Bronzeville

Perhaps no Chicago neighborhood has experienced as turbulent of a century as Bronzeville. Join us for a lecture and panel discussion to hear diverse perspectives on developments that are re-energizing this historic neighborhood.

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Teen Open Studio - Feb. 8

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Read and Build: Skyscrapers - February 7

Chicago is famous for its tall skyscrapers. Together we’ll dream up buildings of all shapes and sizes and create your own mini-skyscraper to take home. Drop in any time between 9am-noon for multiple readings of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty…

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Read and Build: Skyscrapers - February 4

Chicago is famous for its tall skyscrapers. Together we’ll dream up buildings of all shapes and sizes and create your own mini-skyscraper to take home. Drop in any time between 9am-noon for multiple readings of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty…

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Greening Tall: Naturalizing the Vertical Realm

The greening of tall buildings is reaching a new level of sophistication around the world, encompassing a movement to incorporate full-height planted walls, green roofs, wind turbines and the latest solar harvesting technology. Four experts debate the…

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Teen Open Studio - Feb. 1

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

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Daytime Talk: Rescuing the Congress Theater

Like many of Chicago’s grand movie palaces, the Congress Theater has seen better days. That doesn’t mean its best days are behind it. Join us for a talk with Woodhouse Tinucci Architects and theater owner Michael Moyer, the team leading an adaptive…

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Read and Build: Homes, January 7

What makes your house a home? Together we'll learn about many types of houses, then explore our materials library to make a mini-diorama of your home. Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Home” by Carson Ellis.

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Read and Build: Homes, January 3

What makes your house a home? Together we'll learn about many types of houses, then explore our materials library to make a mini-diorama of your home. Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Home” by Carson Ellis.

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Biennial Teen Studio: YWCA

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

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Teen Open Studio - December 14

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the BP Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5-7pm, Oct. 19 through Dec. 14 (excluding Nov. 23).

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Biennial Community Festival

Join us for a community festival inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial theme, "Make New History." Families can drop-in anytime between 12-4pm to enjoy hands-on activities and projects great for ages 4-12.

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Teen Open Studio - December 7

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the BP Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5-7pm, Oct. 19 through Dec. 14 (excluding Nov. 23).

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Biennial Teen Studio: DePaul Art Museum

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

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Biennial Teen Studio: Marshall Brown Studio

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

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Teen Open Studio - November 30

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the BP Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5-7pm, Oct. 19 through Dec. 14 (excluding Nov. 23).

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LEGO® Build Workshop: Tribune Tower

Did you know that buildings can tell stories? Join us to take a closer look at the ornamentation on the Tribune Tower that help tell its story. In the studio, you'll create your own LEGO® tower and emphasize your favorite details.

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Biennial Teen Studio: Beverly Art Center

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

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Teen Open Studio - November 16

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the BP Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5-7pm, Oct. 19 through Dec. 14 (excluding Nov. 23).

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Biennial Teen Studio: Gary Comer Youth Center

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

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Teen Open Studio - November 9

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the BP Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5-7pm, Oct. 19 through Dec. 14 (excluding Nov. 23).

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Design Dialogues: Living with Infrastructure

The number of Chicagoans living near industrial uses may increase soon, with proposals to rezone the Chicago River’s north branch and phase out some planned manufacturing districts. Can design mitigate this new live-work proximity for mutual benefit?

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Read and Build: Magnificent Machines

Are you an inventor? Construct a magnificent machine from odds and ends, test it out and celebrate its successes and failures. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty.

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Teen Open Studio - November 2

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the BP Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5-7pm, Oct. 19 through Dec. 14 (excluding Nov. 23).

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