Skip to main content

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. 

CAC Live: Chicago Commercial Tour

Take a 45-minute live, virtual tour of Chicago Commercial buildings with CAC docent Mike McMains! Hosted on April 21 and 26, this is the first topic in a series of weekly tours McMains will lead in downtown Chicago through the end of May.

Learn More

CAC Live: "Design Is Storytelling" Book Talk

Author Ellen Lupton will share insights from her book “Design Is Storytelling,” filled with sharp commentary and social observations about the way designers use storytelling techniques to create satisfying graphics, products, services and experiences…

Learn More

Family Day

The school year is a busy time. We’ve combined all your favorite elements from our design studio, exhibits and Mobile Architecture Lab into a full day of architecture and exploration—just for families! Join us from 10am—2pm on the second Saturday…

Learn More

LEGO® BUILD: 150 N Riverside

Marvel at the engineering of 150 North Riverside, the 54-story office building on the Chicago River with a very narrow base. After learning about one of Chicago’s most curious buildings, create a LEGO ® structure that is just as strong and unique.

Learn More

Newhouse Workshop: Planning and Modeling

If you’re working on the “Architecture + Planning” or “Architectural Modeling” Newhouse Competition challenges, this free workshop is for you. Come gain valuable insights from CAC staff and get help getting started on your project. This workshop…

Learn More

Get to Know Your House

If you live in an older home, it can be exciting and enlightening to learn about the history of your house. Get the tools to research your home at this two-part class on March 3 and 10, facilitated by architectural historian and planner Matt Wicklund…

Learn More

Newhouse Workshop: Open Design and Engineering

If you’re working on the “Open Design + Build” or “Architecture + Engineering” Newhouse Competition challenges, this free workshop is for you. Come gain valuable insights from CAC staff and get help getting started on your project. This workshop…

Learn More

LEGO® BUILD: NBC Tower

Take a walk outside to observe NBC Tower, an iconic Postmodern building across the river from the CAC. Discover how Art Deco inspired the design, then create your own version of the office building.

Learn More

Member Night

On March 18, enjoy the CAC after-hours at this special members-only celebration. Mingle with fellow architecture enthusiasts, enjoy light snacks and beverages, take a mini-tour through the CAC and hear about Chicago’s newest architecture developments…

Learn More

Newhouse Workshop: Fine Arts and Graphic Design

If you’re working on the “Fine Arts” or “Graphic Design” Newhouse Competition challenges, this free workshop is for you. Come gain valuable insights from CAC staff and get help getting started on your project. This workshop is from 10am - 2pm…

Learn More