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Since 1966, CAF has served as a cultural ambassador—welcoming the world to Chicago and using its architecture to inspire millions.

Chicago’s architecture is known around the world. Each year our docents and educators share its story with more than half a million people.

We accomplish this through tours, programs, exhibitions, field trips, curricula and online tools that are part of a dynamic learning journey for all ages. We are now one of Chicago’s top 10 cultural organizations and the world’s largest public architecture organization.

Our Mission

The Chicago Architecture Foundation inspires people to discover why design matters.

Our Vision

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is the leading organization devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation. As Chicago’s forum for the exchange of ideas on urban design, CAF inspires people to participate in the building of vibrant communities and to demand the highest standard in urban design. CAF awakens young people to achieve their potential through the discovery of architecture, engineering and design.