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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. 

Daytime Talk: Open House Chicago Preview 2018

Join CAC for a sneak peek of Open House Chicago (OHC), our free, annual architecture festival taking place Oct. 13-14. Hear about what’s new and exciting in this eighth year of the event.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
September 26, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
September 26, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

Girls Build! Fall 2018

This 8-week class invites girls ages 11-14 to understand architecture through the work of Chicago's historic women designers. We'll go on site visits in the city, research iconic figures and develop visual literacy and architecture design skills.

Price
Free upon application review*
Date
September 23, 2018
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
September 23, 2018
Time
1:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Sept. 20

The September 20th Teen Open Studio has been cancelled.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 20, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
September 20, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Book Club - Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography

Historian and visiting lecturer Paul Steinbrecher will lead this two-part book club (September 17 and 24, 2018) around Franz Schulze’s revised and expanded biography of Modernist pioneer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Price
$40 public, $25 CAF members
Date
September 17, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
September 17, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Members Only: Extended hours at the CAC - Sept. 14

Make your Friday night great! From 5-8pm, CAC Members will get a unique opportunity to have the Center all to themselves! This after-hours event includes access to all the exhibits, including Building Tall and the Chicago City Model Experience.

Price
Free for CAC members
Date
September 14, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
September 14, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Members Only: Architecture Essentials - Sept. 13

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.

Price
Free to CAF members with RSVP
Date
September 13, 2018
Time
10:00 am

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Date
September 13, 2018
Time
10:00 am

CAC Member Celebration

Online registration for this event is now closed.

Price
Free with RSVP*
Date
August 30, 2018 and 11 other times

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Date
August 30, 2018 and 11 other times

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Rodeo on the River

Get your Western wear ready and join the CAC Auxiliary Board on their annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting CAC’s Teen Academy programs! Guests will enjoy a sunset cruise with world-class architecture, cocktails, delicious small bites and on-board…

Price
$125 per ticket, $1,000 and up for sponsorships
Date
August 7, 2018
Time
6:45 pm

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Date
August 7, 2018
Time
6:45 pm

Hip Hop Architecture Camp

Hip Hop Architecture Camp is a one-week intensive experience that challenges youth of underserved populations to explore the cultural implications of architecture in the built environment through the lens of hip hop culture.

Price
Free*
Date
August 6, 2018
Time
9:30 am

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Date
August 6, 2018
Time
9:30 am

SustainableXDesign

CAF has partnered with Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development to host an intensive, 3-week design program for teens in grades 9-12 this summer.

Price
Dependent on application type*
Date
July 22, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 22, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Guest Lecture: Sagrada Familia in the Making

Additional time just added! The Basilica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona is one of the world's great buildings. Hear noted engineer Tristram Carfrae explain how architect Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece—under construction since 1882—will be completed…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF/AIA/SAH members
Date
July 17, 2018 and 1 other time

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Date
July 17, 2018 and 1 other time

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Armour Institute

Get a rare glimpse inside the Armour Institute, a towering red brick building on the Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the former classroom and administrative spaces with a developer and an architect before the historic…

Price
$25 public, $15 CAF members
Date
July 14, 2018
Time
10:00 am

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Date
July 14, 2018
Time
10:00 am

Members Only: Reception at 1000M Sales Gallery

Learn about 1000M—a new residential skyscraper designed by acclaimed architect Helmut Jahn—in the building’s state-of-the-art interactive sales gallery. Enjoy champagne and desserts at this exclusive, members-only reception.

Price
$8 CAF members
Date
June 28, 2018
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
June 28, 2018
Time
5:30 pm