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Welcome back! Choose from more than 50 reinstated walking tours, book a CAFC River Cruise and come see what’s new at the Center.

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: History of the "L" Virtual Tour on Facebook Live

The “L” train network connects the Loop to Chicago’s many neighborhoods and is one of the city’s most recognizable, iconic features. Log into Facebook to join CAC docent Mike McMains as he livestreams interesting perspectives of the elevated structure…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
August 11, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
August 11, 2020
Time
5:30 pm

CAC Live: Alta Vista Terrace Tour

Hear the secrets and stories behind a stretch of row houses situated between Wrigley Field and Graceland Cemetery on this live, 45-minute virtual tour of Alta Vista Terrace with CAC docent Kent Foutty, offered July 26 and 28.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 28, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
July 28, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: Churches by Bus Anniversary Program

The CAC’s annual Churches by Bus tour celebrates 25 years in 2020. Two CAC docents who lead the tour will share the evolution of church architecture in Chicago and highlight three local examples at this program on July 29 and August 29.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 29, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
August 29, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: "This Used to Be Chicago" Book Talk

Every building has a past. Ellen Shubart talks with author and fellow CAC docent Joni Hirsch Blackman about Blackman’s book, “This Used to be Chicago,” and the stories it reveals about nearly 90 local buildings.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
July 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
July 29, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

CAC Live: Murals of Chicago

Discover the stories behind murals across Chicago on June 24 or August 1 with CAC docent Maurice Champagne. Learn how talented muralists use public art to enliven architecture, reflect social issues and honor both ordinary people and famous figures.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 1, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
August 1, 2020
Time
1:00 pm

CAC Live: Wrigleyville Tour

Take a virtual walk around Wrigley Field and learn interesting tidbits about the architecture surrounding the historic baseball stadium on this 45-minute tour with CAC docent Kent Foutty on August 2.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 2, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
August 2, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: Chicago's Riverwalk

Hear the story of the Chicago Riverwalk on June 20 or August 5 from Michelle Woods, a CAC docent and City of Chicago project manager who oversees the maintenance, operations and concession program for the 1.25-mile trail.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 5, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

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Date
August 5, 2020
Time
7:00 pm

2020 Auxiliary Board Riverwalk Fundraiser

The CAC Auxiliary Board’s annual river cruise fundraiser has been converted into an exciting virtual experience for 2020! Take a CAC-curated, self-guided tour of the Chicago Riverwalk and attend an online event to support the CAC Teen Fellows program…

Price
$25 Public, $25 CAC members
Date
August 6, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
August 6, 2020
Time
6:00 pm

CAC Live: Retail Revolution on State Street

Join CAC docent Brian Kelly on July 1 or August 8 as he shares how innovative collaborations between merchants and architects, along with the emergence of architecturally significant department stores, brought a retail revolution to State Street.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 8, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
August 8, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: Building Tall on Broad Shoulders

Chicago is the birthplace of innovations that allowed for the design and construction of the world’s first skyscrapers. CAC docent Bill Lipsman takes a closer look at these engineering breakthroughs on July 8 and Aug. 15.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 15, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
August 15, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: The Future of Transportation and Urban Mobility

Part of the CAC's “What's Next” series • COVID-19 has created significant challenges to urban transit systems and efforts to reshape mobility in cities worldwide. Hear what strategies are on the table in Chicago for the future of transportation…

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 18, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
August 18, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

CAC Live: Old Buildings, New Hotels

Driven by tourism, multiple historic Chicago skyscrapers have recently been reimagined as chic hotels. CAC docent Monica Rodriguez leads this online version of the CAC’s popular tour, “Hotel Boom: Making Old New Again,” on July 11 and August 19…

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 19, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
August 19, 2020 and 1 other time

CAC Live: Gothic Chicago

In Chicago, the Gothic style is often found in church designs, but can also be seen in many academic, commercial, municipal and residential buildings. Join CAC docent Dr. Thomas R. Stelmack on July 22 or August 22 to discover this intricate style.

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 22, 2020 and 1 other time

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Date
August 22, 2020 and 1 other time

Architecture Camp 1.0

Ready to think like an architect? Join us June 29-July 3 or July 6-10 for a virtual camp to learn architecture basics. Campers ages 8-10 will be introduced to sketching and model building through guided lessons, activities and virtual walking tours.

Price
$225 Public, $180 CAC members
Date
July 6, 2020
Time
9:00 am

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Date
July 6, 2020
Time
9:00 am

CAC Live: "American Warsaw" Book Talk

Chicago author and historian Dominic A. Pacyga leads this presentation on his 2019 book “American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago,” which explores the impact Chicago’s Polish community has made on the city’s culture and politics…

Price
$8 Public, Free for CAC members
Date
August 26, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
August 26, 2020
Time
12:00 pm