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Online programs and virtual tours continue while CAC tours are currently suspended and the Center is closed, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Illinois.

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. 

Instruments for Urban Production

Instruments for Urban Production Over the past 150 years architects have approached the city through the lens of geometry, symbolism,hygiene, collage, contextualism, technology, density and landscape, among others. Recently, a whole host of new forces…

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LunchTalks@CAF: Light in Four Directions

LunchTalks@CAF: Light in Four Directions Robert Benson, Design Director, 4240 Architecture and Allison H. Azevedo, PBS Regional Commissioner, U.S. General Services Administration Great Lakes Region Mies van der Rohe, Morris Lapidus, historic preservation…

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LunchTalks@CAF: New School Work at Perkins+Will

LunchTalks@CAF: New School Work at Perkins+Will Jerry Johnson, AIA, LEED-AP, Design Principal, Perkins+Will Amid a noteworthy history of public school design that began with the firm’s founding, Perkins+Will continues to innovate new design solutions…

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Girls Build: Tiny Homes

Think big and design tiny in this virtual camp for female-identifying campers, ages 11-14. Campers will meet daily August 3-7 to create a sustainable tiny home with a small carbon footprint that could serve a Chicago neighborhood.

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After the City, the City: Water

After the City, the City: Water Part 2: Shared Waters: Chicago, Gary, Milwaukee, and St. Louis While “Chicagoland” is intended to encompass the larger metropolitan area “anchored” by Chicago, water issues increasingly complexify this centralized…

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