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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

LEGO® Lab

Join us on Thursdays to solve architecture-inspired design challenges using LEGO® in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio. Creative challenges will introduce you to iconic Chicago buildings, unique design challenges and essential architecture concepts.

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

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

Read and Build: Bridges

Chicago is known for its iconic bridges. Join us for a reading of “Twenty-One Elephants” by April Jones Prince, build a bridge from a variety of wacky supplies, and then test how much weight it can hold!

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

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

Family Build: Bridges

Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, but it's also known for its innovative bridges. We'll learn about three types of bridges and how engineers built them. We'll also build our own bridges and test their strength.

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

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

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 15

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
November 15, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 15, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Bridges

Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, but it's also known for its innovative bridges. Learn about the Michigan Avenue bridge, a trunnion bascule that was invented right here in Chicago!

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
November 18, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
November 18, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Guest Lecture: Short Cuts: Alternative Infrastructures in Hong Kong and Chicago

During this special guest lecture organized by quarterly urbanism journal MAS Context, architect Jonathan Solomon will explore the roles that underground pedestrian networks play in two very different cities: Hong Kong and Chicago.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 20, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 20, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only: Tour the Willis Tower Transformation

This members-only tour will take you behind-the-scenes of Willis Tower’s ongoing restorative transformation project. See plans for new tenant amenity spaces and hear from key players involved in the project.

Price
$35 CAC members
Date
November 27, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Willis Tower Steel Room, 233 S. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$35 CAC members
Date
November 27, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Willis Tower Steel Room, 233 S. Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Building the New Chicago City Model

The newly expanded Chicago City Model Experience features more than 4,000 buildings and interactive elements that help visitors interpret and understand the city. Come learn how the model was made and hear stories about the work behind the upgrades.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
November 28, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members*
Date
November 28, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 29

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
November 29, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 29, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Too Big To Fail: Revitalizing Our Iconic Skyscrapers

Many of the most recognizable tall buildings dotting our skylines are more than 50 years old. How do we ensure these icons remain operable, profitable and vital to our cities for years to come? When does it make sense to tear down and build anew?

Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members
Date
November 29, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 public, $15 CAC members
Date
November 29, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Dec. 6

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
December 6, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
December 6, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Teen Open Studio - Dec. 13

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
December 13, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
December 13, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Members Only: Architecture Essentials - Jan. 15

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 CAF members with RSVP
Date
January 15, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free to CAF members with RSVP
Date
January 15, 2019
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 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 CAF members with RSVP
Date
May 14, 2019
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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