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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. 

CAC Live: The Vision of Illinois Center

Learn how an abandoned railway freight yard was transformed into an important urban development called Illinois Center—home of the CAC. Join us on April 15 or May 9 to discover how Illinois Center was designed for people to “work, live and play.”

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CAC Live: The Future of the Office

Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • The office environment, collaborative by nature, presents distinct challenges in a world still recovering from a pandemic. Hear how architects, designers and their clients are exploring creative solutions…

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CAC Live: Women of the 1893 World's Fair

Several women played significant roles in making the 1893 World’s Fair a spectacularly grand affair. CAC docent Kathleen Carpenter will introduce you to these remarkable women artists, activists and achievers on April 18 and May 6.

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CAC Live: Beaux-Arts Tour

Beaux-Arts style architecture can be found everywhere you turn in Chicago's Loop. Join CAC docent Mike McMains on May 1 or May 3 as he highlights several impressive Beaux-Arts buildings on this 45-minute live, virtual tour.

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CAC Live: Art Deco Skyscrapers

Join us on April 22 or May 2 to learn about some of Chicago’s most stunning Art Deco skyscrapers and the defining characteristics of the architectural style, which epitomized the prosperity and optimism of the Roaring Twenties.

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CAC Live: "City on a Hill" Book Talk

How has the quest for Utopia shaped American cities? Join urban planner and professor Alex Krieger as he explores the dreams and ideals that have long influenced our urban settlements, as told in his new book, “City on a Hill.”

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CAC Live: Chicago Commercial Tour

Take a 45-minute live, virtual tour of Chicago Commercial buildings with CAC docent Mike McMains! Hosted on April 21 and 26, this is the first topic in a series of weekly tours McMains will lead in downtown Chicago through the end of May.

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CAC Live: "Design Is Storytelling" Book Talk

Author Ellen Lupton will share insights from her book “Design Is Storytelling,” filled with sharp commentary and social observations about the way designers use storytelling techniques to create satisfying graphics, products, services and experiences…

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Family Day

The school year is a busy time. We’ve combined all your favorite elements from our design studio, exhibits and Mobile Architecture Lab into a full day of architecture and exploration—just for families! Join us from 10am—2pm on the second Saturday…

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LEGO® BUILD: 150 N Riverside

Marvel at the engineering of 150 North Riverside, the 54-story office building on the Chicago River with a very narrow base. After learning about one of Chicago’s most curious buildings, create a LEGO ® structure that is just as strong and unique.

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Newhouse Workshop: Planning and Modeling

If you’re working on the “Architecture + Planning” or “Architectural Modeling” Newhouse Competition challenges, this free workshop is for you. Come gain valuable insights from CAC staff and get help getting started on your project. This workshop…

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Get to Know Your House

If you live in an older home, it can be exciting and enlightening to learn about the history of your house. Get the tools to research your home at this two-part class on March 3 and 10, facilitated by architectural historian and planner Matt Wicklund…

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Newhouse Workshop: Open Design and Engineering

If you’re working on the “Open Design + Build” or “Architecture + Engineering” Newhouse Competition challenges, this free workshop is for you. Come gain valuable insights from CAC staff and get help getting started on your project. This workshop…

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LEGO® BUILD: NBC Tower

Take a walk outside to observe NBC Tower, an iconic Postmodern building across the river from the CAC. Discover how Art Deco inspired the design, then create your own version of the office building.

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Member Night

On March 18, enjoy the CAC after-hours at this special members-only celebration. Mingle with fellow architecture enthusiasts, enjoy light snacks and beverages, take a mini-tour through the CAC and hear about Chicago’s newest architecture developments…

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