For Architects from Chicago and neighboring regions:
Choose the plot you'd like from the updated masterplan. The plots in red have been taken. The city is tiered. Please refer to the masterplan document for the elevation changes.
Click on the corresponding category below (categorised by scale and climate zone) to purchase your plot and please take note of the specifications to the right of the image.
Once you've chosen your plot please read the additional information at the bottom of this page. You will soon receive the CAD Plan, sketch up model, and Masterplan Document. We will also be supplying you with a recipe, base board to build on and LED lights for your plot. Happy baking!
Plot Categories organized by type of plot
Illustrations by TM Studio
Plot Categories organized by Climate Region
Images by Madeleine Kessler Studio
- The funds raised by Gingerbread City Plots will go directly towards the organisation and running costs of The Gingerbread City. Funds raised from ticket sales go to supporting programming and activities run by the Museum of Architecture and the Chicago Architecture Center.
- We expect over 20,000 people to attend Gingerbread City this year. Participating is an opportunity to show the creativity and innovation of Chicago architects in a fun accessible way while helping people understand what architects do and the value they bring to our communities.
- You have the opportunity of inspiring future generations of architects and designers.
- The exhibition will include information on what architects are doing to combat the climate crisis and create more sustainable cities as part of circular economies.
- The exhibition gets great press coverage and your work could end up on local, national and international TV , newspapers, magazines and online. Just search gingerbread city to see.
- Prizes will be given for best gingerbread structures!
- You and your practice get a number of free tickets to the exhibition depending on the size of your plot
- It is a great way for the office to finish the year in a fun and collaborative way.
- You'll help MoA and CAC achieve their missions of helping the public better engage with architecture.
- Part of the funds raised from ticket sales will go towards the Museum of Architecture Grant Giving Fund to be given to an architect at the end of this project for work being done to further the industry.
Gingerbread City Info
Climate Action and the circular economy
Climate Action and the circular economy
- Once you have bought a plot, you will receive a CAD file from us with the outline of the building boundary and plot boundary as well as a masterplan brief.
- We are providing the bases and LED lights this year for your gingerbread plot. You will need to collect your Gingerbread City base from CAC, date TBD. The base will have a pre-made hole to allow for LED lighting to go inside. You will need to position the lighting through the hole.
- Structural strength will be important so we recommend practicing! We encourage you to research and test your own recipes for creating your gingerbread pieces. As a guide the recipe here should create a mix that is structurally strong. We suggest using a gingerbread recipe that is crisp and hard and not cake-like. The more cake-like your gingerbread building is, the more likely it will collapse. Avoid using baking soda in the recipe as this can make the biscuits softer and lighter. You can also work with a local bakery to bake the gingerbread for you, just remind them it should not be cake like but hard and crisp.
- You are able to use internal support if needed, but it must not be visible from the outside. The gingerbread building must be made to look completely edible and last the entire 30 days of the exhibition. If there are any issue with your building you will be responsible for coming back to fix them during the exhibition.
- We advise not to stack gingerbread on top of gingerbread or gingerbread on top candy for support. It will not be able to support the weight for the duration of the exhibition.
- We advise not to use jelly as it will go moldy.
- Boiled sweets make excellent window panes and look beautiful when lit up.
- To develop the unique character of the City, all designs should be specific to the Gingerbread City and not plagiarised from elsewhere. There will be awards for the most original, creative and interesting designs. We look forward to seeing some truly experimental designs!
- Built gingerbread buildings will need to be delivered to CAC between 8-9 November 2021. You will be given a drop off date and time depending on the location of your plot. Further information about the delivery will follow shortly.
- For enquiries about Gingerbread City, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.