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APRIL 16, 2020 • ISSUE 03


Women of the 1893 World's Fair
Saturday, April 18 at 1pm
Wednesday, May 6 at 7pm

Hear from CAC docent Kathleen Carpenter how the World’s Columbian Exposition was a showcase for women artists, activists and achievers so compelling that we still discuss them, and their work, 127 years later.

World's Fair program

Art Deco Skyscrapers
Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm
Saturday, May 2 at 1pm

Learn about some of Chicago’s most stunning Art Deco skyscrapers and the defining characteristics of the architectural style, which epitomized the prosperity and optimism of the Roaring Twenties.

Art Deco Skyscrapers

The Rise of the Skyscraper
Saturday, April 25 at 1pm
Saturday, May 16 at 1pm

Why is Chicago often considered the birthplace of the skyscraper? Explore the history of these tall buildings and discover how Chicago became a global center for high-rise design, innovation and engineering.

Rise of the Skyscraper


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Virtual tours


Chicago Commercial
Tuesday, April 21 at 5:30pm
Sunday, April 26 at 1pm

Get out while you stay in! Beginning with two available dates for CAC Live: Chicago Commercial, join CAC docent Mike McMains for design-themed walks in his own neighborhood. Stay tuned for dates to save for another five virtual tours through the end of May.


Storytime video


From author Andrea Beaty, creator of “Iggy Peck, Architect” and “Rosie Revere, Engineer,” read “Sofia Valdez, Future Prez” along with CAC Senior Manager of Education and Experience Angela Esposito.

Neighborhood video


Sometimes a structure originally built for one purpose plays a completely different role today. Join CAC Director of Interpretation Adam Rubin for a virtual walk exploring the practice of adaptive use.

All CAC docents and staff practice safe spatial distancing while taking walks in their own neighborhoods. Please do the same!

Aragon Ballroom


The Year of Chicago Music couldn’t have come at a better time, as we all crave the comfort of familiar tunes and need exciting sounds to brighten our rooms. CAC docent Robin Simon brings us through the Aragon Ballroom’s evolution...

…While CAC docent Ed McDevitt explores the role of pianos in Chicago’s—and his own personal—history.



CAC Recommends


This week’s recommendations investigate what our surroundings mean to us, and how we make our communities better places to live. Learn about a trailblazing female urbanist from the 1960s, hear first-hand accounts from Chicagoans displaced by the Eisenhower Expressway, and reap the benefits of pounding the pavement.

CAC Teens in Bronzeville

CAC Teens explore Bronzeville

This #ThrowbackThursday, we’re revisiting stories and photos of the 16 young people who formed the inaugural class of CAC Neighborhood Teen Ambassadors, focused on Bronzeville. CAC Managing Editor Jessica Cilella talked with Antonio Lucero, then in eighth grade, about his experience.


Last week, CAC Program Operations Specialist Ian Spula asked, “What lies ahead for architecture and urban life after COVID-19?” Today he’s noting unusual effects COVID-19 is having on city life—from less noise to cleaner air.

Rush Hosptial

Spula also caught up recently with design professional Casey Jones from Industry Council partner member Perkins and Will, about how that firm’s global workforce is adapting to our new environment.


Gaze, stare, scan and spot the difference! There are nine differences between these two images. Can you spot them all? (Open or download each image to view full size.) We’ll reveal the answers in next week’s issue of CAC@Home.

Spot the difference 1
Spot the difference 2


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