The Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) is pleased to announce the 2018 Chicago Prize Competition: Crossing The Line.  A call for entries for the 2018 Chicago Prize is taking place as of November 30th, 2018 with the announcement of the winning entries in February of 2019.

The crossing of an imaginary line 100 years ago resulted in the death of an African-American teenager named Eugene Williams, inciting the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. This chain of events demonstrates the power of lines – conceptual and physical – in shaping places and lives. Whether material or immaterial, the lines of Chicago both define, and are defined by, the power relations between the city’s spaces, its people, and how they use these spaces.

The 2018 Chicago Prize Competition: Crossing The Line is part of a year-long investigation of the architectural and social construct of the line.  Through programming that includes this competition, an exhibition, as well as lectures and other events, Crossing the Line  will investigate the physical and conceptual implications of different types of lines and their impact on our built environment.

This is an international ideas competition calling for visionary proposals that cross the line. Participants are asked to select one or multiple material and/or immaterial lines that form Chicago, identify their significance, and propose a design that addresses the urban ramifications of these lines.

Entry information, including a complete set of rules, can be found at  Entries are due by noon, January 21, 2019.

A jury of notable professionals, academics, and public officials will review and determine competition winners. The jurors will be listed on the Competition Website (

The winner(s) of the 2018 Chicago Prize will be announced and exhibited at an opening event in February.  Further details will be listed on the Competition Website.