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Online programs and virtual tours continue while CAC tours are currently suspended and the Center is closed, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Illinois.

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. 

Teen Open Studio - Sep. 26

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 when they attend eight or more studios.

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Daytime Talk: Open House Chicago Preview

Join us for a special sneak peek of Open House Chicago (OHC), our free, annual architecture festival taking place Oct. 19-20 at more than 250 sites across the city. Hear what’s new and exciting in this ninth year of the event.

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Reinterpreting Garfield Park's Landscape

Hear from two Danish artists about their Chicago Architecture Biennial project, which reimagines the Garfield Park Conservatory landscape with a field of 10,000 cabbages and an outdoor kitchen, designed to be a local community gathering spot.

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LEGO Build Workshop: 111 E. Wacker

Come learn what makes our home—the International style 111 E. Wacker building—unique at our monthly LEGO Build! Construct a LEGO structure inspired by 111 E. Wacker, where Mies van der Rohe’s “less is more” philosophy is very apparent.

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Mobile Architecture Lab

Ready to take the Chicago Architecture Center to the next level?! Visit our Mobile Architecture Lab on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 3pm to interact with the CAC exhibits in new and exciting ways. The lab features fun, hands-on activities…

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Chicago Riverwalk Talks

Join us on the Riverwalk as we discuss “The River and Its Architecture – Work, Play and Live”. Learn about the River’s past and plans for the future, the Riverwalk design and why this new playscape is an exciting addition to Chicago.

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LEGO® Build Workshop: Chicago Cultural Center

Construct a LEGO® structure with arches, domes and vaults after seeing these architectural elements in-person on a short visit to the Chicago Cultural Center! Come learn about this amazing 1897 landmark and gain inspiration for your own creation.

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Millennium Park Family Fun Tent

Join CAC at Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival from Aug. 5-9. We’ll offer engaging, hands-on activities to inspire families to discover why design matters! Learn about architecture and the city through activities that encourage looking, drawing…

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Read and Build: Science of Architecture

Have you ever wondered how buildings stand tall and strong? Join us to learn about the science of architecture! Drop in any time before 11am to enjoy multiple readings of “Elara STEM Girl” by Leela Ayyar.

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