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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. 

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 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
February 7, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
February 7, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

Educator Open House 2019

Are you a K-12 educator interested in using CAC resources to help your students explore why design matters? Come learn about exciting offerings and programs for you and your students, both at CAC and in classrooms.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 6, 2019
Time
4:30 pm

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Date
February 6, 2019
Time
4:30 pm

Read and Build: Engineering

Are you an inventor? Construct a great invention from odds and ends, test it out and celebrate the failures and successes. Drop in any time to enjoy multiple readings of "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty.

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

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Date
February 6, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Girls Build!: Adaptive Architecture

How do you take something old and make it new again? In this course, students will creatively examine how to repurpose an old structure. Students will visit a building and think outside the box by redesigning the structure for a new and different use…

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
January 27, 2019
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
January 27, 2019
Time
1:00 pm

Family Build: Transportation

Join us to explore how transportation connects our schools, homes and towns. Through hands-on activities, learn about roads and railways, and how urban planners decide where things go!

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
January 27, 2019 and 3 other times

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Date
January 27, 2019 and 3 other times

Architecture Storytelling

Join us for an evening of fun and fascinating storytelling with architects, interior designers, CAC docents and regular folks who will share crafted tales about Chicago’s buildings and their personal experiences with the built environment.

Price
$15 public, $10 CAC members
Date
January 24, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
January 24, 2019
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Jan. 24

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
January 24, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
January 24, 2019
Time
5:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: The "L"

Chicago’s iconic train system, known as the "L", gets its nickname from being “elevated” above the city's streets. In this workshop, you'll see public transportation in action and build your own "L" platform and train using LEGO®.

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

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Date
January 20, 2019
Time
12:00 pm

A Survey of Great Architecture Exhibitions

The CAC descends from a long line of comparable architectural displays, stretching back more than 200 years. In this two-part class, historian and author John Zukowsky leads a discussion on the traditions and trends in exhibiting architecture.

Price
$40 public, $25 CAC members
Date
January 18, 2019
Time
10:00 am

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Date
January 18, 2019
Time
10:00 am

Members Only: Architecture Essentials - Jan. 15

Chicago is synonymous with architecture and Chicagoans—especially CAC members—love to share their knowledge of architecture with family and friends. Come learn fun architecture facts you can share again and again at this members-only event.

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LEGO® Build Workshop: Bungalows

Chicago is home to more than 80,000 bungalows! We’ll visit our Chicago Gallery to learn about various housing types and discover what makes bungalows unique. Then, we’ll build a bungalow using LEGO® and studio materials.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
December 16, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
December 16, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

Family Build: CAC Chicago Gallery

Join us on Dec. 16 to build homes inspired by the Chicago Model! We'll walk through the CAC's Chicago Gallery to learn about neighborhood homes and create our own structures based on the building types.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
December 16, 2018
Time
10:00 am

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Date
December 16, 2018
Time
10:00 am

Docent Application Information Session - Dec. 15

Applications for the docent class of 2019 will open Dec. 4, 2018. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the requirements of becoming a docent. No RSVP is required.

Price
Free, no RSVP required
Date
December 15, 2018
Time
9:30 am

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Date
December 15, 2018
Time
9:30 am

Mod & Merry: A Farnsworth House Holiday

Take a special bus ride with the CAC on December 15 to Plano, Illinois, to see Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House decked out in 1950s holiday décor. Step back in time and imagine yourself as Dr. Farnsworth’s holiday guest 60 years ago.

Price
$83 public, $75 CAC members
Date
December 15, 2018
Time
2:00 pm

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Date
December 15, 2018
Time
2:00 pm