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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. 

Read and Build: Plan A City - March 4

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt Pena. We'll explore what makes a neighborhood special and use mixed-media to create a model community.

Price
Free
Date
March 4, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
March 4, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Teen Open Studio - March 1

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 1, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
March 1, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Members Only: Member Appreciation Night

Join us at this exclusive event that's just for you, our members! The evening will include a presentation from CAF President and CEO Lynn Osmond that you won't want to miss.

Price
$5 CAF members
Date
February 28, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 28, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

"The Chicago 7": Chicago's Most Endangered Buildings List, 2018 Edition

What are Chicago's most endangered buildings? Find out at the unveiling of Preservation Chicago's 16th annual "Chicago 7" list. The list identifies architecturally significant structures that preservationists hope to save from the wrecking ball.

Price
Free with RSVP*
Date
February 28, 2018
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
February 28, 2018
Time
12:15 pm

Educator Open House

We invite K-12 educators in all subject areas to explore why design matters through activities. Come learn about exciting resources and program offerings for you and your students, both here at CAF and in classrooms.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 27, 2018
Time
4:00 pm

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Date
February 27, 2018
Time
4:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 22

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 22, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
February 22, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Book Club: "Sustainable Nation" with Doug Farr

Architect, urban designer and activist Doug Farr’s second book, “Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future,” poses one big question: how can we make the world we want, as quickly as possible? Come get unique access to the author during…

Price
$60 public*, $45 CAF members*
Date
February 20, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 20, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Willis Tower

How can a building be so tall without falling over? Willis Tower is made up of nine towers “bundled” together to make it strong and tall. Join us from 12—3pm on February 18 or 19 as we build tall and test the method using LEGO, paper, tape and tubes…

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
February 19, 2018 and 1 other time

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Date
February 19, 2018 and 1 other time

Tour The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare with Architect Gordon Gill

On Feb. 15, get a behind-the-scenes look at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, a new, flexible theater that opened this fall on Navy Pier. Architect Gordon Gill and Chicago Shakespeare Theater Executive Director Criss Henderson will lead this special tour…

Price
$30 public, $20 CAF members
Date
February 15, 2018 and 1 other time

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Date
February 15, 2018 and 1 other time

Design Dialogues: Building Up Bronzeville

Perhaps no Chicago neighborhood has experienced as turbulent of a century as Bronzeville. Join us for a lecture and panel discussion to hear diverse perspectives on developments that are re-energizing this historic neighborhood.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
February 13, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 13, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Feb. 8

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
February 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Read and Build: Skyscrapers - February 7

Chicago is famous for its tall skyscrapers. Together we’ll dream up buildings of all shapes and sizes and create your own mini-skyscraper to take home. Drop in any time between 9am-noon for multiple readings of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty…

Price
Free (RSVP required)
Date
February 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
February 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Read and Build: Skyscrapers - February 4

Chicago is famous for its tall skyscrapers. Together we’ll dream up buildings of all shapes and sizes and create your own mini-skyscraper to take home. Drop in any time between 9am-noon for multiple readings of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty…

Price
Free (RSVP required)
Date
February 4, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
February 4, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Greening Tall: Naturalizing the Vertical Realm

The greening of tall buildings is reaching a new level of sophistication around the world, encompassing a movement to incorporate full-height planted walls, green roofs, wind turbines and the latest solar harvesting technology. Four experts debate the…

Price
$20 public, $12 CAF and CTBUH members
Date
February 1, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 1, 2018
Time
6:00 pm