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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. 

Behind-the-Scenes: Farm on Ogden

Chicago’s newest community-based urban agriculture initiative brings together food, health and jobs in one oasis-like location in North Lawndale. Get an in-depth tour of the farm with the team that made it happen, from concept to design to operation…

Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
May 4, 2019
Time
10:30 am

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Date
May 4, 2019
Time
10:30 am

Teen Open Studio - May 2

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
May 2, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
May 2, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Read and Build: Nature

Explore architecture from a bugs-eye view! Drop in any time to enjoy multiple readings of Nina Laden's "Roberto, The Insect Architect” and make your own animal habitat.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
May 1, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
May 1, 2019
Time
10:00 am

The Brilliance of American Architecture

Hear about the brilliance of American architecture at this three-part lecture series inspired by legendary Yale professor Vincent Scully. Held on the last three Tuesdays in April at 6pm, the series will examine significant American cities, buildings and…

Price
$65 public for 3 classes, $25 per class*, $50 CAC members & Yale alumni for 3 classes, $20 per class*
Date
April 30, 2019 and 2 other times

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Date
April 30, 2019 and 2 other times

Teen Open Studio - Apr. 25

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
April 25, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
April 25, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

What's Next for Eco-Friendly Housing in Chicago?

In celebration of Earth Day, come learn about passive housing—an internationally recognized, performance-based energy standard in construction—and hear how it is gaining traction in the U.S.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
April 24, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
April 24, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Spring Break @ the CAC - Friday

Come learn how architecture and engineering work together as you build and test a structure with design professionals. Receive coaching and feedback from a structural engineer as you learn the science behind building.

Price
Free with CAC admission
Date
April 19, 2019
Time
11:00 am

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Date
April 19, 2019
Time
11:00 am

Teen Open Studio - Apr. 18

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
April 18, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
April 18, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Spring Break @ the CAC - Thursday

Ever wonder how buildings stand so tall? Take part in interactive, STEM-based activities that explore structural elements and the science behind buildings. Youth walking tours of Chicago’s most iconic engineering marvels depart at 11:30am and 1:30pm…

Price
Free with CAC admission
Date
April 18, 2019
Time
11:00 am

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Date
April 18, 2019
Time
11:00 am

Spring Break @ the CAC - Wednesday

This drop-in workshop explores urban planning, community development and city systems. Students will consider the question, “What makes a good neighborhood?” and use the design process to create neighborhoods from scratch.

Price
Free with CAC admission
Date
April 17, 2019
Time
11:00 am

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Date
April 17, 2019
Time
11:00 am

Spring Break @ the CAC - Tuesday

Chicago is made up of iconic bridges…but how do some of them move?! Come build and test your own bridge during this interactive, drop-in program. Educators from the McCormick Bridge House Museum will be on-site to give feedback from noon-1:30pm.

Price
Free with CAC admission
Date
April 16, 2019
Time
11:00 am

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Date
April 16, 2019
Time
11:00 am

Spring Break @ the CAC - Monday

Come test your design skills as you build a structure with a licensed architect! Learn the insider tricks and tips from a pro.

Price
Free with CAC admission
Date
April 15, 2019
Time
11:00 am

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Date
April 15, 2019
Time
11:00 am

Members-Only Bus Trip: Bauhaus Exhibit at the Elmhurst Art Museum

Join us on this one-time, members-only bus trip to the Elmhurst Art Museum to see “The Whole World a Bauhaus," an international traveling exhibition that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus.

Price
$40 CAC members
Date
April 12, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
April 12, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Restoring the Uptown Theatre: A New Neighborhood Anchor

After sitting vacant for nearly 40 years, the Uptown Theatre will soon reclaim its status as an entertainment mecca. Hear the story behind the planned renovation and discover what the theater’s return could mean for the neighborhood.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
April 11, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 11, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Apr. 11

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
April 11, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
April 11, 2019
Time
5:00 pm