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This issue of CAC@Home brings great news for all lovers of architecture, design, urbanism and Chicago history. Register today for our first seven CAC Live events, and stay tuned for dates and times for more than a dozen additional events we’ll offer through the end of May. Alongside one-time-only CAC Live events featuring architecture experts, design practitioners, acclaimed authors and industry leaders, CAC Live also engages the organization’s corps of more than 600 docents and volunteers.

Chicago Public Art Stories
Saturday, April 11 at 1pm
Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm

Chicago’s public art collection is star-studded, widely varied, endlessly interesting—and still growing. Join CAC docent Ed McDevitt as he leads this engaging introduction to some of Chicago’s greatest public art treasures.

Public art program

The Vision of Illinois Center
Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm
Saturday, May 9 at 1pm

Learn from CAC docent Lorie Westerman how an abandoned freight yard—right where the city was born—was transformed into an important urban development, home since 2018 to the Chicago Architecture Center.

Illinois Center program

“Design Is Storytelling” Book Talk
Wednesday, April 15 at 1pm

For author Ellen Lupton, design is not just about problem solving, but a political and rebellious act with many societal applications. Learn how designers use storytelling techniques to create satisfying graphics, products, services and experiences.

Storytelling program

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


As a member, you can attend CAC Live programs for free*! Members can also access the complete CAC@Home archive featuring past CAC Live programs, videos and other exclusive content.

Memberships start at just $80! Additional benefits once the Center reopens include free admission, 85+ free walking tours, discounts on bus tours and an annual buy-one-get-one free ticket benefit for the CAFC River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady.

*Processing fees may apply.

Enchanted garden walking tour


Strolling side streets through your own neighborhood is a great way to get your steps in this spring. CAC docent Nancy Sims shares historical snapshots from her neighborhood, for an easy walking tour in the Sheffield Historic District.


Strong shapes video


Ever wonder why buildings don’t just tip over? Spend 15 minutes in this hands-on workshop as we explore two systems engineers use when designing structures—whether small or tall!

Neighborhood video


Have you ever wondered what buildings are made of? Join CAC staff member Rebecca Boland as she takes a closer look at a commonly overlooked material: brick.

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

Vincent Scully video


While the CAC’s 2020 Vincent Scully Masterclass Series is postponed, please enjoy these short clips from our archives from last year's series. Hear about the brilliance of American architecture and examine significant American cities, buildings and architects. Become a member today to catch up with our 2019 Vincent Scully Masterclass Series.

Existing registrations for 2020 Masterclasses will be honored for the rescheduled Scully Series at the CAC, to be announced at a later date. To request a refund, please email


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One of the joys of learning about architecture is developing an “ear” for the various things that a building might whisper (or shout). Sometimes these messages come from the overall shape of a structure; other times, it’s the details that tell the story.

Architecture and COVID-19


What lies ahead for architecture and urban life after COVID-19? No one can say just yet but, in this unique moment, there are important observations and ideas to capture. Today and in the weeks to come, we’ll share some of our thinking about what’s next. Follow the link to learn more and share your own responses with us.

Chicago River


“Chicago has had a complicated relationship with its river” over the past 400 years, writes CAC President and CEO Lynn Osmond in this story from the CAC archives. “We’ve tried to navigate it, defend it, profit from it and control it. At times, we’ve even abused and neglected it.”


CAC Industry Council principal member ArcelorMittal is doing its part during the COVID-19 crisis by participating in a global collaboration to prototype new ventilators, and by producing face masks at its R&D facility in Asturias, Spain. Follow the links below to learn more.

Watch “ArcelorMittal using 3D printing in the fight against COVID-19” on YouTube (in Spanish with subtitles).


ArcelorMittal Global R&D Centre Spain, designed by architecture firms [baragaño] and Impulso.

“ArcelorMittal to develop 3D printed ventilator prototype in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic” —Rakhi Mazumdar, The Economic Times


The CAC is committed to providing a safe experience for its entire community of members, staff, visitors, volunteers and tour attendees. Visit our COVID-19 information page for the latest updates.

As noted this week by Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune, the CAC “depends on revenue from spring and summer tours to replenish [its] coffers after tour activity comes to a standstill in the winter months.” Your support today is crucial to the stability of the CAC through this crisis. We hope we can count on you to make a gift—at any level that is comfortable for you—to help us weather this storm. Please consider supporting the CAC today with a tax-deductible donation, online at

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