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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. 

Chicago's Most Endangered Buildings 2022

What buildings in Chicago are most endangered this year? Find out at the unveiling of the 20th annual “Chicago 7,” a list from Preservation Chicago that identifies significant structures and public spaces preservationists hope to protect from the…

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Blowin’ in the Wind: Reducing Building Sway

In order to withstand the Windy City's namesake weather, some of Chicago’s tallest buildings are designed to sway in the breeze, which can leave residents and workers feeling seasick. Join us for a look at the innovative ways structural engineers minimize…

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Not Set in Stone: Cement and Concrete

Many of today’s commercial buildings are made of concrete. One of concrete’s crucial components is cement, which releases significant amounts of carbon dioxide into the environment. Join us as we learn what other alternatives exist to mitigate cement’s…

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Let's Talk About Land Acknowledgement

The Chicago Architecture Center stands on unceded Native land. As we work to better represent Chicago’s diversity in everything we do, this spring the CAC will begin to incorporate land acknowledgement into all public offerings (tours and programs)…

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Sacred to Secular Transformations

In the past decade, thousands of houses of worship have closed each year. But when the congregation leaves, what happens to the structures they leave behind? Join our discussion, where we will cover how these buildings are being adapted in new and creative…

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Book Talk: The Architecture of Suspense

Alfred Hitchcock created cinematic sets that deeply impact our experience of his suspenseful films. As Christine Madrid French reveals in her new book, Hitchcock imbued his work with a keen sense of place and architectural style.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAC Members
Date
November 7, 2022
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
November 7, 2022
Time
12:00 pm

WHAT’S NEXT: The Future of Downtown

Floundering retail. Stunted tourism. Vacant offices. City centers across the globe are facing big challenges borne partly of the pandemic’s ongoing disruptions. Explore how designers, business leaders and city officials are working to keep Chicago moving…

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The Olmsted in all of Us

April marks the 200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted’s birth. To celebrate, we're exploring the deeper legacy of this pioneering figure—designer, planner, educator, reformer, advocate, activist, inventor, innovator and enduring influencer.

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Healy & Millet: Chicago's Art Glass All-Stars

After meeting in Paris, portraitist George Healy and stained glass artist Louis Millet came to Chicago to start their interior design business. Their artistry won them national acclaim and the attention of Louis Sullivan. This is their story.

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Meet the New AIA Guide to Chicago

Get a special insider’s look at the making of the fourth edition of the AIA Guide to Chicago. Editor Laurie Peterson and AIA Chicago Executive Director Jen Masengarb highlight new additions to our city’s definitive architectural guidebook.

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Book Launch: Who Is The City For? by Blair Kamin and Lee Bey

Join Blair Kamin and Lee Bey for the launch of their new book, Who Is The City For?. A vividly illustrated collection of Kamin’s clear-headed, forceful Chicago Tribune columns, the book paints a revealing portrait of Chicago in all its complexities…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAC Members
Date
November 10, 2022
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
November 10, 2022
Time
6:00 pm

Louis Sullivan and His “Jewel Box” Banks

During the latter part of his career, Louis Sullivan designed eight “Jewel Box” banks, known for their modern facades and their lavishly ornamented interiors resembling jewel boxes. Join us for a midwestern virtual tour of these architectural masterpieces…

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Engineering Fest 2022: Access to Experts

Our annual Engineering Fest is back in person this year! Join us for a day of discovery, as children ages 8-14 are invited to build and learn, view two floors of exhibits, meet engineers and explore how architecture and engineering partner to create the…

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Open House Chicago 2022 Preview

Join us for a sneak peek of Open House Chicago as we gear up for the free annual festival's return on October 15-16. Hear about what’s new and exciting in this 12th year of the event.

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