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Gingerbread Architecture Competition

  • Glessner House Museum 1800 South Prairie Avenue Chicago, IL, 60616 United States (map)

Show off your cookie construction skills at our 2017 Gingerbread Architecture Competition! 

Join us for this fun, interactive event.  You don’t need to bring anything – just show up and create.  We’ll supply all the materials and refreshments.  You’ll have two hours to realize your confectionery architectural masterpiece.  No experience with gingerbread construction?  No problem.  Unfamiliar construction technology has never stopped architects before!

Prizes will be awarded for the top two structures, and the winning entries will remain on display throughout December.  The contest is co-sponsored by AIA Chicago.  All proceeds will support ongoing preservation activities at Glessner House, Henry Hobson Richardson’s masterpiece of urban residential design.

Schedule of activities:
6:30pm: Check-in; materials handout; build time begins
8pm – 8:30pm: Judging
8:30pm: Awards and reception

Read complete contest rules below.

$25 entry fee per person or team
$20 for students and Glessner House Museum or AIA Chicago members

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The competition is open to individuals and teams of all skill levels.

The following materials will be supplied: one foamcore base, measuring 10” x 14”; 25 graham crackers; icing and two pastry bags; two ice cream cones; and candy decorations.

Participants may bring additional decorations, supplies, or objects (battery-operated lights; specific candies; etc).

Entries will be judged on Creativity, Appearance, Stability, and Use of Materials.

The two winning entries will be displayed in the museum’s Visitor Center through December 31, 2017.   

 Reservations must be received by Friday, December 1, 2017. 

Earlier Event: December 3
Christmas Candlelight Tour