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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. 

Read and Build: Skyscrapers

How do skyscrapers stand so tall? We'll explore tall buildings by taking a walk through the Drake Skyscraper Gallery at the CAC, listening to a reading of “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty and building a mini skyscraper to take home.

Price
$12 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Date
October 31, 2018 and 10 other times

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Date
October 31, 2018 and 10 other times

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
Date
November 29, 2018 and 7 other times

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Date
November 29, 2018 and 7 other times

Teen Open Studio - Oct. 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
October 25, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 25, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Residential Architecture: From Mansions to Modernism

Many of Chicago's most luxurious residential buildings are located along the lakefront. Historian Julia Bachrach will illuminate the fascinating story of Chicago's residential lakefront architecture from the 1870s through the 1970s in four two-hour classes…

Price
$140 public, $115 CAC members
Date
October 30, 2018
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 30, 2018
Time
10:00 am

Daytime Talk: Women of the 1893 World's Fair

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, CAC docent Kathleen Carpenter will share the stories of several women who played significant roles in making the Fair a spectacularly grand affair.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAC members
Date
October 31, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
October 31, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 1

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 1, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
November 1, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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
Date
November 28, 2018 and 6 other times

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Date
November 28, 2018 and 6 other times

Invitation Only: Appetite for Design at Tied House

Enjoy small plates from James Beard award winning Chef Debbie Gold in the new Tied House. Hear from the Gensler team responsible for the reimagining of the space connected to Schubas – one of Chicago’s most historic and beloved music venues.

Price
$75
Date
November 7, 2018
Time
6:30 pm

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Date
November 7, 2018
Time
6:30 pm

Teen Open Studio - Nov. 8

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 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
November 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Architecture is Art: Deborah Berke and Samara Golden

Explore the intersection of art and architecture with world-renowned architect Deborah Berke and artist Samara Golden, in conversation at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

Price
$15 public, $10 CAC/MCA members
Date
November 9, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
November 9, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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
Date
November 25, 2018 and 2 other times

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Date
November 25, 2018 and 2 other times

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

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Date
November 15, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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

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Date
November 18, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

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

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Date
November 27, 2018
Time
6:00 pm