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Welcome back! Choose from more than 50 reinstated walking tours, book a CAFC River Cruise and visit the Center Thursday through Monday.

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. 

Beyond the Big Names: Lesser Known Chicago Architects

Burnham, Wright, Sullivan—they’re all legendary Chicago architects! But this four-part class led by historian Julia Bachrach will illuminate the lives and work of dozens of local architects who have gone largely unnoticed.

Price
$140 public (includes CAC admission), $125 CAC members
Date
October 22, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 22, 2019
Time
10:00 am

OHC Family Festival

Attend the OHC Family Festival on Oct. 19 or 20 at the pavilion, where you can stand on the stage and see the world-renowned sound system and performance space up-close. Self-guided tours and make-and-take activities will be available both days.

Price
Free
Date
October 20, 2019 and 1 other time

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Date
October 20, 2019 and 1 other time

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival on October 19 and 20, 2019, that offers behind-the-scenes access to over 350 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s…

Price
Free
Date
October 19, 2019 and 2 other times

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Date
October 19, 2019 and 2 other times

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 17

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 when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
October 17, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 17, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Crossing the Line

Reflecting on the 1919 Race Riot, join a dialogue on the power of lines in shaping places and lives. This program is presented in connection with the Chicago Architectural Club’s 2018 Chicago Prize Competition entitled “Crossing the Line.”

Price
Free with registration
Date
October 15, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
October 15, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Program and Exhibit Pass: CAC + Chicago Ideas Week

What will the world look like in 30 years? Get an in-depth look with this special offer from the CAC and Chicago Ideas. Your joint ticket gives you access to CAC exhibits and the “Idea: What will the world look like in 2050?” program on Oct. 14.

Price
$27 public (includes CAC admission)
Date
October 14, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 14, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 10

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 when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
October 10, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 10, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

CAC Educator Reception

Our annual educator reception is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with everything the CAC can offer your students. Explore our exhibits, talk with education staff and enter for a chance to win door prizes, including field trip vouchers!

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 10, 2019
Time
4:30 pm

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Date
October 10, 2019
Time
4:30 pm

Celebrating 30 years of Brininstool + Lynch Design

For 30 years, Chicago-based architecture firm Brininstool + Lynch has designed elegant, contemporary homes and civic spaces. Join partners David Brininstool and Brad Lynch as they discuss the projects featured in their new book, “Making Architecture…

Price
Free with registration*
Date
October 7, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
October 7, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 3

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 when they attend eight or more studios.

Price
Free with registration
Date
October 3, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 3, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Current Projects: Saving Old Cook County Hospital

Get an exclusive look at the Old Cook County Hospital redevelopment project and learn how successful collaboration between local government leaders, developers, designers and preservationists saved this historic structure.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC & Landmarks Illinois members
Date
October 1, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
October 1, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Biennial Teacher Training - Oct. 1

Bring the Chicago Architecture Biennial into your classroom this fall! Teachers are invited to attend a free training from 4:30-7:30pm to learn more about the Biennial’s themes and how it can support teaching and learning.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 1, 2019
Time
4:30 pm

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Date
October 1, 2019
Time
4:30 pm

Girls Build! Urban Architecture

This program is now full and online registration is closed. If you have any questions, please email education@architecture.org.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
September 29, 2019
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
September 29, 2019
Time
1:00 pm

Biennial Teacher Training - Sept. 28

Bring the Chicago Architecture Biennial into your classroom this fall! Teachers are invited to attend a free training from 9am to noon to learn more about the Biennial’s themes and how it can support teaching and learning.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 28, 2019
Time
9:00 am

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Date
September 28, 2019
Time
9:00 am