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At 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 CAC. 

Members Only: Architecture Essentials - Jan. 15

Chicago is synonymous with architecture and Chicagoans—especially CAC members—love to share their knowledge of architecture with family and friends. Come learn fun architecture facts you can share again and again at this members-only event.

Price
Free to CAC members with RSVP
Date
January 15, 2019
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
January 15, 2019
Time
1:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Bungalows

Chicago is home to more than 80,000 bungalows! We’ll visit our Chicago Gallery to learn about various housing types and discover what makes bungalows unique. Then, we’ll build a bungalow using LEGO® and studio materials.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
December 16, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
December 16, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

Family Build: CAC Chicago Gallery

Join us on Dec. 16 to build homes inspired by the Chicago Model! We'll walk through the CAC's Chicago Gallery to learn about neighborhood homes and create our own structures based on the building types.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
December 16, 2018
Time
10:00 am

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Date
December 16, 2018
Time
10:00 am

Docent Application Information Session - Dec. 15

Applications for the docent class of 2019 will open Dec. 4, 2018. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the requirements of becoming a docent. No RSVP is required.

Price
Free, no RSVP required
Date
December 15, 2018
Time
9:30 am

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Date
December 15, 2018
Time
9:30 am

Mod & Merry: A Farnsworth House Holiday

Take a special bus ride with the CAC on December 15 to Plano, Illinois, to see Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House decked out in 1950s holiday décor. Step back in time and imagine yourself as Dr. Farnsworth’s holiday guest 60 years ago.

Price
$83 public, $75 CAC members
Date
December 15, 2018
Time
2:00 pm

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Date
December 15, 2018
Time
2:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Dec. 13

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
December 13, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
December 13, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Design Dialogues: The Changing Face of Downtown Retail

What are signs of change on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile? Hear why new experiments in branded design—like the eye-catching Burberry store and the Starbucks Reserve Roastery—appeal to today’s consumers.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
December 11, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
December 11, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Family Gingerbread House Workshop

Bring the whole family to the CAC to build a Chicago-inspired gingerbread house! Get a mini-tour of our Chicago Gallery and learn about iconic Chicago housing types from an expert. This family-friendly workshop is recommended for ages 5 and up. Space…

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
December 9, 2018
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
December 9, 2018
Time
1:00 pm

The Best (and Worst) of Architecture and Design in 2018

From the birth of a "Me Too" movement in architecture to the death of icon Robert Venturi, it's been a busy year in architecture design. CAC contributor Reed Kroloff will provide a lively and unorthodox review of important events in the field that occurred…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
December 6, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
December 6, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Member Double Discount Shopping Night

Enjoy a sweet treat while shopping Thursday night at the CAC Store. Get your holiday shopping done and take a walk through our warm galleries. Take advantage of a special 20% off during Member Double Discount Days, which runs from Dec. 3-9.

Price
Free for CAC members
Date
December 6, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
December 6, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Dec. 6

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
December 6, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
December 6, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Docent Application Information Session - Dec. 3

Applications for the docent class of 2019 will open Dec. 4, 2018. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the requirements of becoming a docent. No RSVP is required.

Price
Free, no RSVP required
Date
December 3, 2018
Time
10:00 am

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Date
December 3, 2018
Time
10:00 am

Read and Build: Bungalows

What makes your house a home? Together we'll explore the CAC's Chicago Gallery to learn about different types of homes, then make a mini-diorama. Drop in any time for multiple readings of “Home” by Carson Ellis.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
December 19, 2018 and 6 other times

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Date
December 19, 2018 and 6 other times

Too Big To Fail: Revitalizing Our Iconic Skyscrapers

Many of the most recognizable tall buildings dotting our skylines are more than 50 years old. How do we ensure these icons remain operable, profitable and vital to our cities for years to come? When does it make sense to tear down and build anew?

Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members
Date
November 29, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
November 29, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 29

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 29, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
November 29, 2018
Time
5:00 pm