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At Chicago Architecture Center, our programs and events help you think differently about the places we live, work and play. Get behind-the-scenes access to the city's architectural treasures. Practice your design skills while you play with your family. Participate in expert-led discussions about the latest urban design issues. With these offerings and so many more to choose from, we guarantee there’s something inspiring and fun for you at CAC. 

Recommended Programs

Mobile Architecture Lab

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…

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

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

Family Build

Design and build with your family on Sunday mornings in the studio, where themed stations will introduce you to architecture basics. Take part in design challenges and make a take home project. Themes change each month!

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

The Brilliance of American Architecture

Hear about the brilliance of American architecture at this three-part lecture series inspired by legendary Yale professor Vincent Scully. Held on the last three Tuesdays in April at 6pm, the series will examine significant American cities, buildings and…

Price
$65 public for 3 classes, $25 per class*, $50 CAC members & Yale alumni for 3 classes, $20 per class*
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$65 public for 3 classes, $25 per class*, $50 CAC members & Yale alumni for 3 classes, $20 per class*
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

What's Next for Eco-Friendly Housing in Chicago?

In celebration of Earth Day, come learn about passive housing—an internationally recognized, performance-based energy standard in construction—and hear how it is gaining traction in the U.S.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
April 24, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
April 24, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Apr. 25

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 25, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 25, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - May 2

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
May 2, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
May 2, 2019
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Read and Build: Nature

Explore architecture from a bugs-eye view! Drop in any time to enjoy multiple readings of Nina Laden's "Roberto, The Insect Architect” and make your own animal habitat.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
May 1, 2019
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
May 1, 2019
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Behind-the-Scenes: Farm on Ogden

Chicago’s newest community-based urban agriculture initiative brings together food, health and jobs in one oasis-like location in North Lawndale. Get an in-depth tour of the farm with the team that made it happen, from concept to design to operation…

Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
May 4, 2019
Time
10:30 am
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Farm on Ogden, 3555 W. Ogden Ave.

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Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
May 4, 2019
Time
10:30 am
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Farm on Ogden, 3555 W. Ogden Ave.

Member Double Discount Weekend

Need a special gift for mom? Looking for something unique for an aunt, grandma or other special mother in your life? In honor of Mother's Day, we're offering members 20% off all weekend at the CAC store.

Price
Free
Date
May 11, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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CAC Store, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free
Date
May 11, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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CAC Store, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only: Architecture Essentials - May 14

Chicago is synonymous with architecture and Chicagoans—especially CAC members—love to share their knowledge of architecture with family and friends. Come learn fun architecture facts you can share again and again at this members-only event.

Price
Free to CAC members with RSVP
Date
May 14, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free to CAC members with RSVP
Date
May 14, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Riverwalk Summer Kick-off Celebration

Come celebrate the start of summer programming along the Chicago Riverwalk! We’re leading five FREE walking tours during this day-long event hosted by the city.

Price
Free
Date
May 18, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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Chicago Riverwalk

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Free
Date
May 18, 2019
Time
9:00 am
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Chicago Riverwalk

LEGO® Build Workshop: Aqua Tower

Come learn about Aqua Tower—a modern skyscraper inspired by water that is both sustainable and beautiful. Then, find your own inspiration in nature and create a planet-friendly creation using LEGO®.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
May 19, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
May 19, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Bringing Modernist Icons Back to Life

Efforts to preserve our Modernist architectural icons are ramping up in Chicago and around the nation. In this 100th anniversary year of the Bauhaus, learn about the work underway to re-interpret and protect important Mid-Century Modern buildings.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
May 21, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), $15 CAC members
Date
May 21, 2019
Time
6:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago: From Vision to Metropolis

In "Chicago: From Vision to Metropolis", journalist Whet Moser dissects the myths, legends and shifting aspirations for our city. Get an informed local’s take on Chicago’s arduous—and often scandalous—journey from trading post to global metropolis…

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
May 29, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members*
Date
May 29, 2019
Time
12:00 pm
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Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Architecture Camp

New dates just added! Get an introduction to architecture basics by exploring buildings, bridges and iconic structures along the Chicago River. This week-long camp for ages 7-10 will include walking tours, sketching exercises and model building.

Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.

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Price
$455 public, $365 CAC members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E Wacker Dr.