The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial unites a main exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center with a selection of off-site projects, a broad range of aligned exhibitions, and an extensive series of programming for the public that will serve Chicagoans and visitors alike. The Biennial is free and open to the public from September 16, 2017 to January 7, 2018. 

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Make New History

Make New History is the theme of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial and the title of the main exhibition, curated by Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee. Its installations and immersive environments will activate the full space of the Chicago Cultural Center and feature over 140 participants from around the world. 

Community Anchor Sites

The Community Anchor sites are six museums and institutions which expand the presence of the Biennial beyond the Loop and into neighborhoods across Chicago. These sites will host affiliated exhibitions exploring architecture from a range of perspectives. Themes include international postcolonial experiences, the legacies of Chicago’s historical landscapes, and the long-standing creative traditions of communities of color. These exhibitions are supported by a generous grant from the Chicago Community Trust.

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Special Projects

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is also initiating a group of special projects by designers, artists, and performers presented in partnership with extraordinary venues in and around Chicago. This city-wide series of events and installations invite innovative designers and artists to reinterpret a series of historic spaces from contemporary perspectives.

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Program Partners

The Chicago Architecture Biennial will join with over 100 partner organizations to present a series of events and exhibitions coinciding with the preview on September 14-15 and continuing for the duration of the Biennial, through January 7, 2018. The Biennial and its partners will explore Chicago’s rich historic legacy as an incubator of architectural ideas and showcase diverse cultural sites across the city and region through a range of programs that are available to the public.

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Explore the Community Anchor Sites

  • Beverly Arts Center
    Anchor Site
    The Beverly Arts Center is a vibrant and multifaceted not-for-profit organization serving the Chicago metro area with high-quality programs in dance, visual arts, music, film, and theater.
  • DePaul Art Museum
    DePaul Art Museum (DPAM) is a world-class museum located in the heart of Lincoln Park on DePaul University’s campus. Built in 2011, the LEED-certified building was designed by Antunovich Associates.
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
    The DuSable Museum of African American History mission is to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans through exhibits.
  • Hyde Park Art Center
    Hyde Park Art Center is a hub for contemporary arts in Chicago, acting as a gathering and production space for artists and the broader community to cultivate ideas, impact social change.
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
    The National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago showcases 3,000 years of creativity from both sides of the Mexican border, connecting visitors to the diversity of Mexican art and culture.
  • National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
    The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) is devoted to the promotion, integration and advancement of Puerto Rican arts and culture.