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At the 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 the CAC. 

CAC Live: Frank Lloyd Wright in Glencoe

Discover the stories behind two Frank Lloyd Wright gems in north suburban Glencoe: Booth Cottage and Ravine Bluffs, a collection of homes that showcase Wright’s interest in community planning.

Price
$8 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
November 11, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
November 11, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Architect Talk: The Boundary-Breaking Designs of Jeanne Gang

Don’t miss this signature lecture with internationally renowned architect Jeanne Gang, founding principal of Studio Gang. In more than 20 years of practice, Studio Gang has pushed the envelope to create stunning buildings and landscapes that strengthen…

Price
$25 public (includes CAC admission), $18 CAC members
Date
November 2, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
November 2, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Rhymefest

Exclusively for CAC members • Join hip-hop artist, community organizer, teacher and writer Che “Rhymefest” Kweku on a virtual tour to places that changed the course of his life and career, in Chicago’s Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available) , FREE for CAC members
Date
October 25, 2020
Time
4:00 pm

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Date
October 25, 2020
Time
4:00 pm

South Shore Neighborhood Virtual Tour

CAC docent Mike McMains joins two community leaders, Allan Lindrup and Yvette Moyo, for this live-streamed, virtual tour of the South Shore neighborhood, showcasing its rich history and beautiful architecture.

Price
FREE
Date
October 24, 2020
Time
2:00 pm

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Date
October 24, 2020
Time
2:00 pm

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Robert Loerzel

Exclusively for CAC members • ”Walking Chicago” author, freelance journalist and photographer Robert Loerzel shares some of his favorite buildings and places in Edgewater and Rogers Park during this virtual tour.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Date
October 24, 2020
Time
4:00 pm

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Date
October 24, 2020
Time
4:00 pm

Chicago’s Central Park Theater and the Dawn of a New Era

Take a virtual tour of the former Central Park Theater in North Lawndale, a 1917 movie palace that marked the start of a fruitful partnership between architects Rapp and Rapp and theater corporation Balaban and Katz.

Price
FREE
Date
October 23, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 23, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Carol Ross Barney

Exclusively for CAC members • Hear fascinating stories about the multi-year, award-winning Chicago Riverwalk project, from two women who worked together to bring it to fruition: architect Carol Ross Barney and CAC docent Michelle Woods.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Date
October 23, 2020
Time
4:00 pm

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Date
October 23, 2020
Time
4:00 pm

If Walls Had Ears

This special collection of virtual tours and brief performances brings attendees “into” spaces they wouldn’t ordinarily see at storied Chicago music venues, including the Avalon Regal Theater, The Forum, Thalia Hall and the Vic Theatre.

Price
$15 public, $10 CAC members, $10 students
Date
October 23, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

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Date
October 23, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

Stories of (Im)Migration, Sites of Unity

OHC 2020 community partner Chicago Cultural Alliance co-convenes this discussion among representatives from its member organizations. Hear (im)migration stories from panelists and discover local sites that are meaningful for their communities.

Price
FREE
Date
October 22, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 22, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

“My Neighborhood, My Story” Virtual Tour with Lin Brehmer

Exclusively for CAC members • 93XRT radio host Lin Brehmer stops at sites of significance in the history of rock music in downtown Chicago on this virtual tour.

Price
$80 public, $68 students and seniors (includes one-year CAC individual membership. Additional membership options available), FREE for CAC members
Date
October 22, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

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Date
October 22, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

Get to Know Your House: Rogers Park Edition

Based on the CAC’s popular "Get to Know Your House" series, this program provides attendees with tips for researching their historic homes, using Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood as a case study.

Price
FREE
Date
October 21, 2020
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 21, 2020
Time
10:00 am

Changing the Narrative: African Americans in Evanston

Learn about recent efforts by the City of Evanston to recognize sites and buildings that speak to the role African Americans played in shaping the suburb. This conversation is co-convened by the Evanston History Center, an OHC 2020 community partner.

Price
FREE
Date
October 21, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 21, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Revitalized: What’s New and Cool on the River

Join CAC docents Lance Friedmann, Wayne Johnson, Kelly Jones and Alison Schlickman as they share highlights among the many new buildings, neighborhood developments and works of public art along the Chicago River.

Price
$8 public (includes CAC admission), FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
October 20, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 20, 2020
Time
12:00 pm