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Welcome back! Choose from more than 50 reinstated walking tours, book a CAFC River Cruise and come see what’s new at the Center.

Part of CAC@Home, CAC Live online events bring the world of architecture and design to you—wherever you are.

5:30 pm

CAC Live: History of the "L" Virtual Tour on Facebook Live

Tune in to the CAC’s Facebook page for a 45-minute, virtual walking tour about the history of the “L” with CAC docent Mike McMains, who’ll livestream interesting perspectives, tell stories at street level and take questions LIVE in the comments…

Price
Free
Date
August 11, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
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Facebook

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Price
Free
Date
August 11, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
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Facebook

1:00 pm

CAC Live: Building Tall on Broad Shoulders

Chicago is the birthplace of innovations that allowed for the design and construction of the world’s first skyscrapers. CAC docent Bill Lipsman takes a closer look at these engineering breakthroughs on July 8 and Aug. 15.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 15, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 15, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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Zoom

12:00 pm

CAC Live: The Future of Transportation and Urban Mobility

Part of the CAC's “What's Next” series • COVID-19 has created significant challenges to urban transit systems and efforts to reshape mobility in cities worldwide. Hear what strategies are on the table in Chicago for the future of transportation…

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 18, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 18, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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Zoom

5:30 pm

CAC Live: Printers Row Virtual Tour on Facebook Live

Tune in to the CAC’s Facebook page for a 45-minute, virtual walking tour with CAC docent Mike McMains about Printers Row, a unique landmark district filled with beautiful mid-rise commercial buildings, many converted to residential lofts.

Price
Free
Date
August 18, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
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Facebook

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Price
Free
Date
August 18, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
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Facebook

7:00 pm

CAC Live: Old Buildings, New Hotels

Driven by tourism, multiple historic Chicago skyscrapers have recently been reimagined as chic hotels. CAC docent Monica Rodriguez leads this online version of the CAC’s popular tour, “Hotel Boom: Making Old New Again,” on July 11 and August 19…

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 19, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 19, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
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Zoom

1:00 pm

CAC Live: Gothic Chicago

In Chicago, the Gothic style is often found in church designs, but can also be seen in many academic, commercial, municipal and residential buildings. Join CAC docent Dr. Thomas R. Stelmack on July 22 or August 22 to discover this intricate style.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 22, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 22, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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12:00 pm

CAC Live: "American Warsaw" Book Talk

Chicago author and historian Dominic A. Pacyga leads this presentation on his 2019 book “American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago,” which explores the impact Chicago’s Polish community has made on the city’s culture and politics…

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 26, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 26, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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7:00 pm

CAC Live: Buildings and Beer

With a focus on Chicago’s River North neighborhood, CAC docent Jeff Marcella—an expert in both buildings and beer—will lead this online version of one of the CAC’s popular Pub Tours on July 18 and August 26.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 26, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 26, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
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Zoom

1:00 pm

CAC Live: Churches by Bus Anniversary Program

The CAC’s annual Churches by Bus tour celebrates 25 years in 2020. Two CAC docents who lead the tour will share the evolution of church architecture in Chicago and highlight three local examples at this program on July 29 and August 29.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 29, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 29, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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7:00 pm

CAC Live: Chicago Women Activists

Hear the stories of Chicago women activists and learn what reforms they led, particularly on Chicago’s Near South Side, during this virtual program on July 15 and September 2 led by CAC docent Ellen Shubart.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
September 2, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
September 2, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
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1:00 pm

CAC Live: Daniel Burnham: Realist or Idealist?

A prolific architect, trailblazing city planner and civic leader, Daniel Burnham has been described as both a pragmatic realist and a visionary idealist. CAC docent Marcia Matavulj dives into this apparent contradiction on July 25 and Sept. 5.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
September 5, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
September 5, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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7:00 pm

CAC Live: If the Walls of Farnsworth House Could Talk

Hear the fascinating story behind Farnsworth House, an iconic International Style home located about 60 miles west of Chicago designed by famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
September 9, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
September 9, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
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