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Gingerbread Architecture Competition

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

Assemble your team of friends and show off your construction skills at our 2018 Gingerbread Architecture Competition! 

We’ll supply materials and refreshments, you can just show up and create your dream home (feel free to bring more supplies if you want, but everything must be edible).  You’ll have two hours to realize your confectionery architectural masterpiece.  No experience with graham cracker construction? No problem. Unfamiliar construction technology has never stopped architects before!

Prizes will be awarded for the top two structures. All proceeds support Glessner House, Henry Hobson Richardson’s masterpiece of urban residential design.

Advanced registration is required. Snacks and adult beverages are provided and tours of Glessner House will be available.

Co-sponsored by AIA Chicago

$10 per person
$8 for members of Glessner House and AIA Chicago

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The competition is open to individuals and teams of all skill levels. The cost is $10 per person ($8 for members).

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

Participants may bring additional decorations and supplies but everything must be edible.

Entries will be judged on creativity, appearance, stability, and use of materials.

Reservations must be received by Friday, November 30, 2018.