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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. 

How to Avert a Preservation Crisis in Chicago

The Chicago Historic Resources Survey hasn’t been updated in years, and gaps in its coverage place significant buildings at risk of hasty demolition. Hear a diverse group of experts discuss the urgent need to create a new survey.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
March 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Mar. 7

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
March 7, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
March 7, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Read and Build: Materials + Construction

Join us on our imaginary construction site as we explore building materials and test innovations that keep our buildings standing tall! Drop in any time to enjoy a reading of “Mighty Mighty Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey Rinker.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
March 6, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
March 6, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 28

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
February 28, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
February 28, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Architect Talk: An evening with Stanley Tigerman

Join us for an evening with with legendary Chicago architect and activist Stanley Tigerman as he reflects on his career and his impact on Chicago and architecture and design.

Price
$35 public, $25 CAC members
Date
February 28, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 28, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Chicago’s Most Endangered Buildings of 2019

What are Chicago's most endangered buildings? Find out at the unveiling of Preservation Chicago's 17th annual "Chicago 7" list. The list identifies architecturally significant structures that preservationists hope to save from the wrecking ball.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
February 27, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 27, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

Leaning Out and Looking Back with Les Robertson

In celebration of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s 50th anniversary and in association with its historic 10th World Congress, the CTBUH is pleased to be hosting the Chicago premiere of the documentary "Leaning Out."

Price
$25 public, $15 CAC & CTBUH members
Date
February 21, 2019
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
February 21, 2019
Time
5:30 pm

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 21

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
February 21, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
February 21, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Reimagining Chicago's Alleys and Garages

Join us for a conversation with six designers, policymakers and artists who are re-imagining Chicago’s alleys and garages as vibrant civic spaces. This program coincides with the release of a new book, "Rebel Garages,” by the CAC and Future Firm.

Price
$15 public, $12 CAC members
Date
February 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 19, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Apple Store

Foster + Partners’ Apple Michigan Avenue store is an impressive, airy glass box with a curved-edge roof. Come learn about the engineering and structure of the building, and create your own LEGO® version of the store!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
February 17, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 17, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing

Join author Ben Austen for a two-part book club about his acclaimed book “High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing.” Peter Landon of Landon Bone Baker Architects will join Ben on the second evening.

Price
$40 public, $25 CAC members
Date
February 13, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 13, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Tall & Timber: Chicago's First Wooden Skyscraper

When you think of tall building materials, steel and concrete likely come to mind. But now, wood skyscrapers are moving closer to becoming a reality. Hear about the proposed River Beech Tower, an 80-story timber high-rise designed by Perkins+Will.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
February 13, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 13, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

International Dialogues: Big Data in Big Cities

How is the collection and dissemination of big data changing how we plan and build cities? This virtual meet-up, held in conjunction with New London Architecture, will highlight how two global cities—Chicago and London—are using open data to positively…

Price
$20 non-Industry Council members, Free for CAC Industry Council members*
Date
February 13, 2019
Time
8:00 am

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Date
February 13, 2019
Time
8:00 am

Current Projects: Prefab Design on the Rise

Construction contractor Skender has joined a new prefab movement with the opening of an apartment module factory in South Lawndale. Learn how entire apartment modules are built off-site and later pieced together.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
February 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 12, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Family Build: Engineering

Join us on Sundays to build, invent and test out your engineering skills! Families will learn about the design process through hands-on activities.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
February 17, 2019 and 2 other times

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Date
February 17, 2019 and 2 other times