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CAC is the signature education partner for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Here’s how we are involved.

As the event’s signature education partner, we are committed to providing teachers and young people with access to the Biennial. We are making Biennial content available to those who might not otherwise be exposed to architecture and design education, through a variety of free activities. Teachers, students and families are invited to come to the Loop to experience installations at the Chicago Cultural Center and participate in a city-wide architecture exploration.


Teacher trainings will familiarize educators with the 2019 Biennial themes and issues and how to use them to support teaching and learning in the classroom. Trainings will be supported with curricula and materials educators can use with students before the trip, during the visit and after returning to the classroom. Materials are aligned with Common Core Standards for grades 5-12.

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Resources in the toolkit will equip educators to visit the Biennial on their own, or support a field trip experience with classroom activities. Prepare for your trip with the maps, a proposed route, key ideas and discussion questions, pre- and post-activities and supporting exhibition content. Materials are aligned with Common Core Standards for grades 5-12.

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CAC leads unique “walking workshop” field trips that offer a thematic and inquiry-based exploration of several Biennial installations held at the Chicago Cultural Center. These 90-minute field trips are aligned to Common Core standards and recommended for students grades 5 through 12.

Biennial field trips are free to schools serving students who are Chicago residents. A limited number of bus vouchers are available to qualifying teachers upon request. Field trips explore the Biennial exhibitions within the Chicago Cultural Center. 


Join us as we explore the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s themes and community exhibitions through interactive, hands-on activities for families with children ages 6-12.

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