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Ready to take the Chicago Architecture Center to the next level?! Visit our Mobile Architecture Lab on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 3pm to interact with the CAC exhibits in new and exciting ways. The lab features fun, hands-on activities for all ages, with themes that change each month.

Free with CAC admission
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

When can I visit the Mobile Architecture Lab?

The lab can be found in the galleries every Friday–Sunday, 11am-3pm and most government holidays (i.e. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Columbus Day, etc.).

Who runs these programs?

Our volunteer Education Guides facilitate these activities, with support from the CAC education department.

What ages can enjoy these programs?

The programs have been designed to scale up or down, to accommodate our littlest builders (age 3) up to adults.

Are there activities that I can build and take with me?

Yes! Some months include a make-and-take activity. These activities are best for ages 5-12. Check this page for updates!

Monthly themes

August – Science of Architecture

Learn about the science of architecture by taking part in interactive, STEM-based activities that explore structural elements and the science behind buildings.

This free, drop-in program does not require a ticket. It is free with CAC admission, but spots are first come, first serve. You can purchase a CAC admission in-person at the CAC box office, or online prior to your visit.