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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. 

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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Drinks + Design in the Studio: Speed Sketching

Drinks + Design in the Studio: Speed Sketching Can you sketch like an architect? Armed with sharpies, pencils and old-fashioned view finders, you can learn the tricks of the trade. Come in a novice and leave feeling like a pro. Architects from Cannon…

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LunchTalks@CAF: Connection and High Performance

LunchTalks@CAF: Connection and High Performance Luke Leung, PE, LEED-AP, Director of Sustainable Engineering, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP Three different aspects of connection to deliver high performance design will be discussed in this presentation—connecting…

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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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