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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. 

Architecture Camp 2.0

How do you take something old and make it new again? Campers ages 11-14 will use iconic Chicago buildings as case studies at this virtual camp June 29-July 3 to reimagine an existing building or empty space in their neighborhood for a new purpose.

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Architecture Camp 1.0

Ready to think like an architect? Join us June 29-July 3 or July 6-10 for a virtual camp to learn architecture basics. Campers ages 8-10 will be introduced to sketching and model building through guided lessons, activities and virtual walking tours.

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CAC Live: Graceland Cemetery

Join CAC docent Dick Clark on June 6 or June 17 as he shares fascinating stories about Chicago’s beautiful and serene Graceland Cemetery—from the lives of the people laid to rest there to a large variety of interesting monuments.

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CAC Live: What House Museums Tell Us

Join museum expert and CAC Education Facilitator Paul Neumann as he looks at a broad array of house museums across the U.S., including Pabst Mansion, Glass House and Hearst Castle, along with Chicago’s Glessner House and Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

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CAC Live: The Future of the Hospital

Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • Rush University Medical Center is uniquely suited to contain infectious diseases and respond to surges that occur during public health crises. What lessons does it offer for architects of future hospitals?

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CAC Live: Contemporary Tour

This live, 45-minute virtual tour on May 26 or 31 with docent Mike McMains describes the influences of the Contemporary style, defines its characteristics and profiles several wonderful buildings from the last 20 years and their amazing architects.

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CAC Live: "The Kitchen" Book Talk

On a mission to design the perfect kitchen of his own, historic preservationist John Ota traveled across North America to find inspiration in the kitchens of famed figures. Hear more about his journey, as documented in his new book “The Kitchen.”

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CAC Live: Brutalism and Post-Modernism Tour

Modernism was the dominant style of high-rise architecture from the 1960s through the 1980s, but not everyone was a fan. Learn about new styles that emerged as reactions—Brutalism and Postmodernism—on this live, 45-minute tour on May 19 or 24.

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CAC Live: Mid-Century Modernism Tour

When skyscrapers began to rise again after a long hiatus during World War II, a new style of architecture emerged: Mid-Century Modernism. Join CAC docent Mike McMains on May 12 or 17 for a live, 45-minute tour that highlights buildings from this era.

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CAC Live: A Tale of Two Fairs

Did you know Chicago hosted two world's fairs, 40 years apart? Join us on April 29 or May 20 to compare and contrast the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Century of Progress International Exposition held in 1933.

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CAC Live: The Rise of the Skyscraper

Why is Chicago often considered the birthplace of the skyscraper? Explore the history of these tall buildings on April 25 or May 16 and discover how Chicago became a global center for high-rise design, innovation and engineering.

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