What's next for Chicago's downtown?

Chicago Architecture Center

FEBRUARY 8, 2022 • ISSUE 56

What's Next: The Future of Downtown

WHAT'S NEXT: The Future of Downtown

Join us Thursday, March 24 at 12:00pm

Floundering retail. Stunted tourism. Vacant offices. City centers across the globe are facing big challenges borne partly of the pandemic’s ongoing disruptions. Explore how designers, business leaders and city officials are working to keep Chicago moving forward in this special presentation led by renowned experts in the field. Speakers include Ryan Mullenix, partner at NBBJ Architects; Mary W. Rowe, President & CEO of Canadian Urban Institute; and William Murray, co-founder of MurrayTwohig. The presentation is moderated by Greg Hinz, reporter at Crain's Chicago Business.

This program is part of the CAC's multi-year series, What's Next? Designing the Future City, exploring how business, design and government leaders can unite to make great cities. The series is generously supported by Sandra Helton and Norman Edelson.


Newhouse competition


We're thrilled to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Newhouse Architecture and Design Competition! All Chicagoland teens are invited to participate in this free competition to design and build a more youth-friendly Chicago. Submissions are due by April 22, 2022.


Inviting Chicago's Architecture to Your Wedding

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Inviting Chicago's Architecture to Your Wedding
Thursday, February 10 at 6:00pm

Grab your honey and get ready to snuggle as we kick off the Valentine’s Day weekend! We will be talking with experts in Chicago's wedding industry about how to incorporate the city's architecture on your special day.

Current Projects: INVEST South/West Hits Its Stride

Current Projects: INVEST South/West Hits Its Stride
Thursday, February 24 at 6:00pm

Join us for a review of Mayor Lightfoot's INVEST South/West initiative as it enters its third year. Speakers will recap key milestones and give in-depth updates on select development projects now underway.

Chicago's Most Endangered Buildings 2022

Chicago's Most Endangered Buildings 2022
Wednesday, March 9 at 12:00pm

What buildings in Chicago are most endangered this year? Find out at the unveiling of the 20th annual “Chicago 7,” a list from Preservation Chicago that identifies significant structures and public spaces preservationists hope to protect from the wrecking ball.


Girls Build! Spring Break Camp

Dates: Monday, April 11th – Thursday, April 14 from 9:00am-3:00pm
Theme: Tree Top Designers

Girls Build! Spring Break Camp is back and we are excited about our new location at SR Crown Hall on the campus of IIT!

The relationship between climate change and architecture is an urgent conversation happening all over the world. In this week-long camp, designed for girls ages 11-14, campers will learn about responsibly and ethically sourced materials as we plan, design and build a model of a sustainable treehouse. The week will include a field trip to an architecture firm, a climate change exhibit and access to female design professionals. This camp aligns with Chicago Public Schools Spring Break.



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Updated Mask Policy

Effective Friday, August 20, the Chicago Department of Public Health requires that everyone 2+ wear masks in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. This includes in our Center, anytime a walking tour goes indoors and aboard any enclosed transportation including the enclosed salon area onboard the vessels of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.

Updated Center Hours

Please note that in January-February, the Center will be open Friday-Monday from 10:00am-4:00pm.

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