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Welcome back! Choose from more than 50 reinstated walking tours, book a CAFC River Cruise and visit the Center Thursday through Monday.

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

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
July 15, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 15, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

12:00 pm

CAC Live: Exploring Urban Excellence: Sustaining Vibrant Urban Places in an Era of Social Distancing

Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • Bringing people, ideas, goods and services together are hallmarks of urban life. So how are places designed with that in mind adapting to the challenges—both immediate and prolonged—of the current…

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 16, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 16, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

1:00 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
July 18, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 18, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

1:00 pm

CAC Live: Wrigleyville Tour

Take a virtual walk around Wrigley Field and learn interesting tidbits about the architecture surrounding the historic baseball stadium on this 45-minute tour with CAC docent Kent Foutty on July 19 or July 21.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 19, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 19, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

5:30 pm

CAC Live: Wrigleyville Tour

Take a virtual walk around Wrigley Field and learn interesting tidbits about the architecture surrounding the historic baseball stadium on this 45-minute tour with CAC docent Kent Foutty on July 19 or July 21.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 21, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 21, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
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Zoom

7:00 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
July 22, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 22, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
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Zoom

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
July 25, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 25, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

1:00 pm

CAC Live: Alta Vista Terrace Tour

Hear the secrets and stories behind a stretch of row houses situated between Wrigley Field and Graceland Cemetery on this live, 45-minute virtual tour of Alta Vista Terrace with CAC docent Kent Foutty, offered July 26 and 28.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 26, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 26, 2020
Time
1:00 pm
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Zoom

5:30 pm

CAC Live: Alta Vista Terrace Tour

Hear the secrets and stories behind a stretch of row houses situated between Wrigley Field and Graceland Cemetery on this live, 45-minute virtual tour of Alta Vista Terrace with CAC docent Kent Foutty, offered July 26 and 28.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 28, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 28, 2020
Time
5:30 pm
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Zoom

12:00 pm

CAC Live: "This Used to Be Chicago" Book Talk

Every building has a past. Ellen Shubart talks with author and fellow CAC docent Joni Hirsch Blackman about Blackman’s book, “This Used to be Chicago,” and the stories it reveals about nearly 90 local buildings.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

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Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm
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Zoom

7:00 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
July 29, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
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Zoom

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

1:00 pm

CAC Live: Murals of Chicago

Discover the stories behind murals across Chicago on June 24 or August 1 with CAC docent Maurice Champagne. Learn how talented muralists use public art to enliven architecture, reflect social issues and honor both ordinary people and famous figures.

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

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

7:00 pm

CAC Live: Chicago's Riverwalk

Hear the story of the Chicago Riverwalk on June 20 or August 5 from Michelle Woods, a CAC docent and City of Chicago project manager who oversees the maintenance, operations and concession program for the 1.25-mile trail.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 5, 2020
Time
7:00 pm
Meet
Zoom

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

1:00 pm

CAC Live: Retail Revolution on State Street

Join CAC docent Brian Kelly on July 1 or August 8 as he shares how innovative collaborations between merchants and architects, along with the emergence of architecturally significant department stores, brought a retail revolution to State Street.

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

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

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
Meet
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