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Learn how cities move and groove during our annual Engineering Fest! Drop by anytime between 9:30am—4pm on Feb. 22 and 23 to build and learn, view exhibits, meet engineers and discover systems that move us around Chicago. Ages 12 and younger are FREE.

Free for ages 12 and under
$6 public (ages 13 and up)
Free for CAC members
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Cities on the Move.” Come participate in numerous stations and activities, including:

  • Youth tours — Take a short walking tour near the CAC and learn about the systems that help people move around the city. Stops include the Michigan Avenue Bridge, an L station and the Riverwalk.
  • Photo station —Say "cheese" at our themed photo booth station!
  • Build and test an elevator — Elevators are crucial to the development of the skyscraper. Learn about this amazing innovation that helps people move through buildings, then build and test your own!
  • Build and test train tracks — Did you know that each CTA car weighs 57,000 pounds, without any riders? Learn about the strong structures that hold elevated trains and create your own train track.
  • Expert station — Get feedback on your train track and elevator designs from experts in the field and learn about the variety of careers that help a city GO!
  • Book readings — Learn how people stay on the move in the city after a big snowfall through readings of “Katy and the Big Snow” by Virginia Lee Burton. Then, think like an urban planner and decide where buildings, railroads, streets and more should go in our collaborative, mixed-media city! 11am, 1pm, 3pm readings in English; Noon and 2pm readings in Spanish

  • Tickets for Engineering Fest may be purchased in advance or on the day of the event at the CAC box office.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center on the day of the event.
  • Tickets for children 12 and under are free and will be available at the CAC box office.
Sponsored by

ARUPEpsteinKlein & HoffmanMEPCPeoples Gas

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