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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. 

The BIG IDEA: Intersections of Design and Big Data

The BIG IDEA: Intersections of Design and Big Data Join us as we welcome New York-based author, urbanist and national speaker Vishaan Chakrabarti for an evening lecture and dialogue moderated by noted architectural commenter Reed Kroloff. Through his…

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LunchTalks@CAF: The Aural Realm of Architecture

LunchTalks@CAF: The Aural Realm of Architecture Dawn Schuette, FAIA, LEED AP, Threshold Acoustics Light, space and sound are all factors of the built environment that influence people in powerful, as well as subconscious ways. Through our practice of…

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Design Dialogues: Elizabeth Diller with Reed Kroloff

Design Dialogues: Elizabeth Diller with Reed Kroloff Elizabeth Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts and the performing arts. DS+R has received…

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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…

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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?…

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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…

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