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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. 

Retrofitting the Suburbs

How do we retrofit suburbs to be livable, sustainable, and economically viable places in the long run? Join this illuminating discussion with an urban planner, a developer and a designer on the front lines of reshaping Chicago’s suburbs.

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CAC Live April 4: Architecture Essentials

Join CAC Director of Interpretation Adam Rubin online for a virtual version of our engaging program for emerging architecture enthusiasts. Learn fun facts about significant Chicago buildings and key architectural terms, styles and materials.

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CAC Live April 7: Architecture Essentials

Join CAC Director of Interpretation Adam Rubin online for a virtual version of our engaging program for architecture enthusiasts. Learn fun facts about significant Chicago buildings and key architectural terms, styles and materials.

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Chicago Architecture Center Gala 2020

On July 23, the CAC is proud to present a free, virtual experience you won’t want to miss! We are excited to bring you our annual Gala in a fun, new way this year. Come celebrate the CAC and the 10th anniversary of our Open House Chicago festival.

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Design Dialogues: The Future of Airport Design

The best airport terminals are easy-to-navigate spaces of architectural intrigue. Hear from a panel of leading architects who are charting a new course for airport design. Learn how they’re pulling off bold—yet functional and future-proof—visions…

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Girls Build!: Architecture Essentials

This class, designed for first-time Girls Build! participants, will help female-identifying students ages 11-14 understand architecture essentials. Together we'll use the design process to create a series of architectural plans and a massing model.

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Adaptable House: The Next Chicago Bungalow

Learn about Adaptable House, a re-imagining of the classic Chicago bungalow as a flexible home that grows with changing family needs. Meet Greg Tamborino, the architect behind the award-winning design, which won the 2019 Disruptive Design competition…

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Girls Build!: Interior Design

This six-week scholarship program for girls ages 11-14 will give students a chance to explore the exciting world of interior design, through hands-on projects, interactions with professional designers and behind-the-scenes tours of design firms.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s World Heritage Sites

Hear from preservationists and advocates about what went into researching and applying for the World Heritage status that was recently awarded to eight Frank Lloyd Wright sites across the U.S.—including local icons Robie House and Unity Temple.

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LEGO® Build Workshop: Imagine

Take a guided tour through the CAC to explore technological innovations architects and engineers use to keep building higher, then use your imagination to build your own innovative structure with LEGO®!

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