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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. 

Book Club: "Sustainable Nation" with Doug Farr

Architect, urban designer and activist Doug Farr’s second book, “Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future,” poses one big question: how can we make the world we want, as quickly as possible? Come get unique access to the author during…

Price
$60 public*, $45 CAF members*
Date
February 20, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 20, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Willis Tower

How can a building be so tall without falling over? Willis Tower is made up of nine towers “bundled” together to make it strong and tall. Join us from 12—3pm on February 18 or 19 as we build tall and test the method using LEGO, paper, tape and tubes…

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
February 19, 2018 and 1 other time

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Date
February 19, 2018 and 1 other time

Tour The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare with Architect Gordon Gill

On Feb. 15, get a behind-the-scenes look at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, a new, flexible theater that opened this fall on Navy Pier. Architect Gordon Gill and Chicago Shakespeare Theater Executive Director Criss Henderson will lead this special tour…

Price
$30 public, $20 CAF members
Date
February 15, 2018 and 1 other time

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Date
February 15, 2018 and 1 other time

Design Dialogues: Building Up Bronzeville

Perhaps no Chicago neighborhood has experienced as turbulent of a century as Bronzeville. Join us for a lecture and panel discussion to hear diverse perspectives on developments that are re-energizing this historic neighborhood.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
February 13, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 13, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 8

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
February 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Read and Build: Skyscrapers - February 7

Chicago is famous for its tall skyscrapers. Together we’ll dream up buildings of all shapes and sizes and create your own mini-skyscraper to take home. Drop in any time between 9am-noon for multiple readings of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty…

Price
Free (RSVP required)
Date
February 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
February 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Read and Build: Skyscrapers - February 4

Chicago is famous for its tall skyscrapers. Together we’ll dream up buildings of all shapes and sizes and create your own mini-skyscraper to take home. Drop in any time between 9am-noon for multiple readings of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty…

Price
Free (RSVP required)
Date
February 4, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
February 4, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Greening Tall: Naturalizing the Vertical Realm

The greening of tall buildings is reaching a new level of sophistication around the world, encompassing a movement to incorporate full-height planted walls, green roofs, wind turbines and the latest solar harvesting technology. Four experts debate the…

Price
$20 public, $12 CAF and CTBUH members
Date
February 1, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 1, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 1

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 1, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
February 1, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Rescuing the Congress Theater

Like many of Chicago’s grand movie palaces, the Congress Theater has seen better days. That doesn’t mean its best days are behind it. Join us for a talk with Woodhouse Tinucci Architects and theater owner Michael Moyer, the team leading an adaptive…

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members with RSVP*
Date
January 24, 2018
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
January 24, 2018
Time
12:15 pm

Book Talk: Eva Maddox's Groundbreaking Career in Interior Design

Join legendary interior designer Eva Maddox for an exploration of her work as featured in the new book, "Eva Maddox: Innovator, Designer, Educator" by Romy Wyllie. Stick around after the lecture for a book signing!

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
January 18, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 18, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Homes, January 7

What makes your house a home? Together we'll learn about many types of houses, then explore our materials library to make a mini-diorama of your home. Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Home” by Carson Ellis.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
January 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
January 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Read and Build: Homes, January 3

What makes your house a home? Together we'll learn about many types of houses, then explore our materials library to make a mini-diorama of your home. Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Home” by Carson Ellis.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
January 3, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
January 3, 2018
Time
9:00 am

LEGO® Build Workshop: The Railway Exchange Building

Why do buildings look the way they do? Architectural design is influenced by technology, materials and the city itself. Explore the Railway Exchange Building to learn why it looks the way it does, then recreate it using LEGO®.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
December 17, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
December 17, 2017
Time
12:00 pm