Biennial Programs

The Chicago Architecture Biennial’s public programs explore issues at the heart of urban experience and architectural practice. These events invite dialogue about how we construct (and conceive) the world we live in.

CAB Pillars

A collection of high-profile lectures and discussions featuring participants from the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. These programs take place at the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall, as well as Chicago's top institutions.

Tuesday Evening Talks

Lectures and discussions every Tuesday evening featuring architects, designers, journalists, academics, and Chicago Architecture Biennial participants on the cutting edge of architecture.

Wright Now @ SC Johnson

Free shuttles will transport Biennial visitors to Racine, Wisconsin, to discover the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson corporate campus and Wingspread residence. Learn more.


Wednesday Films with Chicago International Film Festival

Spotlight: Architecture+Space+Design is a dedicated selection of architecture-themed and design-related films. Through screenings and conversations, the program celebrates the remarkable craft, salient representations, and cultural reverberations of designed spaces and architecture in cinema.

Forums at Randolph Square

Set in the uniquely designed indoor amphitheater by Mexico City participant Frida Escobedo, these talks will engage in architecture-themed conversations with the public.

CAB Sessions

Extended events hosting panels and long-format discussions with architectural professionals, field practitioners, and academics.

Pin-Up Space

The Garland Room at the Chicago Cultural Center will host a space for rotating pin-up exhibitions. Changing throughout the run of the biennial, this space will host temporary exhibitions and displays from local practitioners and teams.

CAB Connectors

Through additional support from the Field Foundation, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will sponsor the development of independent projects that connect communities throughout Chicago. These projects celebrate the spirit of grassroots programming, innovation, and the biennial's legacy projects.

Rooms for Books

Rooms for Books transforms the traditional bookshop into a platform. It is made up of separate spaces: a repository that houses resources on the 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennial participants; a room of books from Stanley and Margaret Tigermanʼs library; a room to advance the creation of new projects; and a bookstore offering a selection of titles for sale.