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Beginning April 17, the CAC Box Office and Design Store are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am–4pm. Stay tuned for more updates.

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. 

Behind the Scenes: Jones College Prep

The award winning William Jones College Preparatory High School opened in the fall of 2013, signaling new possibilities and innovation in urban school design. The tour will highlight how creative use of space and light can enrich student learning in an…

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Drinks + Design: Shadow

Drinks + Design in the Studio is a monthly, hands-on program for adults (21+). Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and design using LEGO® while enjoying an after-work drink.

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Minecraft Studio: Middle School Camp

Use Minecraft to explore why design matters. You'll need to work with a team to solve a unique design problem. Players will move between the physical and digital worlds with Minecraft and LEGO®. Registration for this camp includes all sessions, March…

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CAFamily Studio: Skyline Stories

Have you ever looked up at a building and thought, "How was that designed?" "What was the architect thinking?" The answer to these questions and many more are revealed in CAF's new online exhibition, Skyline Stories. In this CAFamily Studio, we will use…

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Design Dialogues: Post Industrial Chicago

From Google to Groupon, the booming tech field is breathing new life into our city’s former industrial buildings. Explore the design opportunities and economic factors driving this reshaping of Near West Side, Goose Island and River North, plus take a…

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Minecraft Studio: 2 Day Challenge

Use Minecraft to build a shelter strong enough to survive an attack in an inhospitable environment. You'll need to work with a team to solve this problem! Players will move between the physical and digital worlds build with Minecraft and LEGO®. CAF will…

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Institute of Environmental Sustainability - Loyola

The new - Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed - Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola is a beacon of sustainable building in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. CAF's Behind the Scenes tour, led by the project team, includes visits to the Clean…

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Read and Build: W is for Windy City

Celebrate Chicago's nickname, "The Windy City," at our March Read and Build! Students will read W is For Windy City and make mobiles inspired by artist Alexander Calder. Suitable for ages 3-5. 

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The Big Idea: Experience Data

  The Big Idea: Experience Data Download the presentation Access to data is shaping the future of the built environment. Join us for a conversation on how emerging technologies will change what we can see and know, how we elect to design and build…

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LunchTalks@CAF: The Black Skyscraper

  LunchTalks@CAF: The Black Skyscraper Adrienne Brown, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago How did the birth of the skyscraper change the way that race was encountered in city centers? Dr. Brown will present insights…

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Drinks + Design: Urban Data with Lego®

Drinks + Design: Urban Data with LEGO® Drinks + Design in the Studio is a bimonthly, hands-on program for adults. Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and engineering during this…

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