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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

CAC Live: Sacred Spaces in Downtown Chicago

Chicago’s skyscraper-studded downtown core is home to a surprising number of houses of worship, serving believers of multiple faiths and representing a wide variety of architectural styles. Join CAC docent David Utech as he highlights six of them.

Price
$8 public (includes CAC admission) , Free for CAC Members, Free with student ID
Date
November 25, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
November 25, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

CAC Live: The Fields: Wrigley, Soldier and Guaranteed Rate

Chicago has a storied sports history. Join CAC docent Kent Foutty at this virtual program to learn about the architecture of three fields—one old, one new and one completely redesigned—where many of those stories took place.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
December 9, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
December 9, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

CAC Live: Chicago's Holiday Traditions

Chicago goes all out for the holidays! Join us to hear about the city’s holiday traditions and the way its iconic architecture gets decorated for the holidays, from the windows at Macy’s on State to the Art Institute of Chicago lions.

Price
$8 public, Free for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
December 23, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
December 23, 2020
Time
12:00 pm

Girls Build! Day 2021: Sustainable Futures

Join us for a virtual STEM festival designed just for girls ages 10-16! Hear from female professionals who work on environmentally friendly design projects and take part in fun activities led by leading cultural institutions.

Price
FREE with RSVP
Date
January 9, 2021
Time
10:00 am

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Date
January 9, 2021
Time
10:00 am

CAC Live: Art Deco Gods and Goddesses

Art Deco epitomized the exuberance of the Roaring 20s, but it also included motifs from ancient times. See how images of Greek gods and goddesses added art and meaning to many of Chicago’s most beautiful Art Deco buildings at this virtual program.

Price
$8 public, FREE for CAC members, FREE for students
Date
January 13, 2021
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
January 13, 2021
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