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Whether for personal enrichment or professional growth, the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers an exciting schedule of programming that brings together people from different backgrounds and experiences to learn about Chicago’s architecture—past, present, and future. We offer programming in the areas of new construction, historic preservation, the future of Chicago, Chicago history, architecture in the neighborhoods, sustainability, landscape design, residential architecture, and featured works of architects and firms. 

No matter when you are available—daytime, evenings, or weekends—or how much time you have, there is something for your schedule!

  UPCOMING PROGRAMS
 
Design Studio LEGO build
 
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LEGO® Build

Every Sunday

For many architects, building with LEGO was their first step towards cultivating a mind for design, and they often return to this classic toy to spark their imagination. Today, sets like the LEGO Architecture Studio are more sophisticated and versatile than ever, appealing to teens and adults as well. Building with this set at the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF is a fun way for people to get inspired by architecture and learn the fundamentals while creating their own designs!

Every Sunday we host workshops led by guest designers, offering two sessions each day with themes that change monthly to drive the topics of discussion and kinds of structures that guests build. Our studios are open to all, and visitors under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

TIME: Two sessions (February: 1—2:30pm and 3—4:30pm; March—December: 11am—1pm and 2—4pm)
COST: Non-members— $10, Members— $5
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave

Schedule of themes:
January: Nature  
February: Repetition  REGISTER NOW >
March: Shadow  REGISTER NOW >
April: Texture  REGISTER NOW >

The following dates will not be available:

February 22nd (Engineering Festival Weekend)
April 5th (Easter Weekend)
October 18th (Open House Chicago Weekend)
December 27th (Christmas Weekend)

 
 
   
CAFamily Studio: Read + Build

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CAFamily Studio: Read and Build

Celebrate Chicago's nickname, "The Windy City," at our March Read and Build! Students will read W is For Windy City and make mobiles inspired by artist Alexander Calder. Suitable for ages 3-5*. All books are available for purchase online at shop.architecture.org!

*Note: Older siblings and friends up to age 7 will also enjoy this studio.

TIME: 10—11am
COST: Children- $5, Children of Household Level Members- FREE
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

   
 
Minsuk Cho at the Art Institute of Chicago
 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chicago's 7: Annual Most Threatened Buildings List Unveiled

Preservation Chicago, a grassroots organization of citizens advocating for the city's historic architecture release's their 2015 list of Chicago's 7 most threatened buildings. On March 4th, the 178th anniversary of the incorporation of the city. This year's list will include buildings from all different classes in diverse neighborhoods across the city. No RSVP necessary. Media are invited to attend.

TIME: 11:30am—12:30pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave

   
 
   
Design Dialogues - Post-Industrial Chicago  

Wednesday, March 4—25, 2015

Chicago Architecture 101

CAF’s Chicago Architecture 101 is back by popular demand! Take an exciting journey through the city's architectural history with Tim Wittman, one of Chicago’s leading architectural historians. This course traces the development of Chicago’s unique architectural legacy, addressing key issues that influenced buildings in each major period, from the early skyscraper to modernism. No prior background in architecture is necessary, just bring your interest and enthusiasm.

About the instructor: Tim Wittman holds an MA from the University of Chicago in art history with an emphasis in architecture. He teaches architectural history at Columbia College, Lake Forest College, and the School of the Art Institute. Prior to his teaching career, Tim was co-author and field supervisor for the Chicago Historic Resources Survey while on staff at the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

DATES/TIMES:This is a 4-part series, taking place on these dates:
March 4, 6—8pm - 19th Century Innovation: Birth of the Skyscraper
March 11, 6—8pm - The Progressive and Traditional: the 1890s to 1920s
March 18, 6—8pm - Machine Age Modernism
March 25, 6—8pm - Beyond Modernism: the Ironic, High Tech, and Contextual
COST:
$35 for each session / $30 Members REGISTER FOR SEPARATE SESSIONS >
$125 for the series / $100 Members REGISTER FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES >

LOCATION: CAF Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
AIA CES: 2 CES per session

 

   
 
   
Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola

Official Media Sponsor

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Behind the Scenes: Institute of Environmental Sustainability - Loyola

The new—Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) designed—Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola is a beacon of sustainable building in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. CAF's Behind the Scenes tour, led by Monica Willemsen and David Swain of SCB, and Aaron Durnbaugh of Loyola, includes visits to the Clean Energy Lab, Greenhouse, Geothermal System and San Francisco Hall.

TIME: 6pm - 8pm
COST: $17 / $12 Members
LOCATION: 6349 N. Kenmore Ave.
AIA CES: 1

   
 
Minecraft Studio: 2 Day Challenge
 
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Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, 2015

Minecraft Studio: 2 Day Challenge

Use Minecraft to build a shelter strong enough to survive an attack in an inhospitable environment. You'll need to work with a team to solve this problem! Players will move between the physical and digital worlds build with Minecraft and LEGO®. CAF will provide MinecraftEdu server and laptops. No experience needed! Recommended for ages 9—14.

TIME: 12—3pm
COST: Students— $60, Students of Household Level Members— $50
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

   
 
   
Design Dialogues - Post-Industrial Chicago

Pictured: Groupon Headquarters interior,
courtesy of Box Studios

This series is made possible in part by a donation by
Jim Gary in memory of Myra Gary, Docent Class of 1999.


Official Beer Sponsor of CAF

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Design Dialogues
Post-Industrial Chicago: Retrofitting our building stock for the booming tech business

From Google to Groupon, the booming tech field is breathing new life into our city’s former industrial buildings. Explore the design opportunities and economic factors driving this reshaping of Near West Side, Goose Island and River North, plus take a fresh look at the proposed Fulton-Randolph Market District.

Panelists:

  • Eleanor Gorski, Assistant Commissioner and Director of Historic Preservation Division at the Chicago Department of Planning and Development
  • Dan Kraiss, LEED AP, Principal, Box Studios; designer of Groupon and Lightbank
  • Andy Gloor, Managing Principal, Sterling Bay; developer of 1KFulton and 111 N Canal
  • Moderator: Chris Bentley, Midwest Editor of Architect’s Newspaper and WBEZ contributor

TIME: 6-8pm
COST: $12 / $7 Members
LOCATION: CAF Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
AIA CES: 1

 

More about Design Dialogues

What are the latest issues and projects in Chicago's architecture and urban design? Join us on the second Tuesday evening of every month as CAF convenes a panel of leading architects, developers, policy makers, and journalists for a lively discussion on issues affecting Chicago' built environment today. After hearing from the experts, stick around to talk more about the topic over a beer.

   
 
CAFamily Studio: Skyline Stories
 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

CAFamily Studio: Skyline Stories

Have you ever looked up at a building and thought, "How was that designed?" "What was the architect thinking?" The answer to these questions and many more are revealed in CAF's new online exhibition, Skyline Stories. In this CAFamily Studio, we will use Skyline Stories as inspiration for a collaborative skyline project, building with studio materials.

This studio is suitable for ages 6-10 and their adult companions.

TIME: 11am—12:30pm
COST: $5 non-members, FREE members
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

   
 
Middle School Camp: Minecraft Studio
 
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Monday, March 23—Friday, March 27, 2015

Middle School Camp: Minecraft Studio

Use Minecraft to explore why design matters. You'll need to work with a team to solve a unique design problem. Players will move between the physical and digital worlds with Minecraft and LEGO®.

Registration for this camp includes all sessions, March 23—27. CAF will provide MinecraftEdu server and laptops. No experience needed! Recommended for grades 5—8 (ages 10—14). Students should bring a sack lunch.

TIME: 9:30am—3:30pm
COST: Students— $325, Students of Household Level Members— $260
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

   
 
   
CAF Drinks + Design: Inspired by Nature

Official Beer Sponsor of CAF

Drinks + Design

Once a month

Drinks + Design in the Studio is a monthly, hands-on program for adults (21+). Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and design using LEGO® while enjoying an after-work drink.

TIME: 6pm - 8pm
COST: $20 / $15 Members
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

Schedule of themes:

March 25: Shadow REGISTER NOW >
April 29: Texture REGISTER NOW >
May 27: Asymmetry REGISTER NOW >
June 24: Emphasis REGISTER NOW >
September 30: City Scale REGISTER NOW >
October 28: Biennial REGISTER NOW >

   
 
Saturday Studio: Light and Shadow

Flickr Photo © Lauri Novak

 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday Studio: Light and Shadow

Work with great architects, designers, engineers, and mentors from the Chicago area! Our hands-on studio-based workshops offer design challenges and real-life program solving. Come explore the exciting worlds of architecture, engineering and construction with the CAF team. These events are free and open to all teens. Our March theme is Light and Shadow. We'll explore how lighting—both natural and artificial—impacts our built environment.

This series is an event for teenagers only.

TIME: 12—3pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

   
 
   
CAFamily Studio: Read + Build

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CAFamily Studio: Read and Build

This studio is all about tinkering! Students will read The Most Magnificent Thing and use studio materials to build their own magnificent thing. Suitable for ages 3-5*.

*Older siblings and friends up to age 7 will also enjoy this studio

TIME: 10—11am
COST: Children- $5, Children of Household Level Members- FREE
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

   
 
Minsuk Cho at the Art Institute of Chicago
 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Minsuk Cho at the Art Institute of Chicago

Join us for a lecture by Minsuk Cho, founder of MASS Studies in Seoul. As the Commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition—la Biennale di Venezia, he was awarded the Golden Lion for the Best National Participation in June 2014.

This lecture is presented by the SAIC Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and made possible by the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship and with support from AIA Chicago.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Minsuk Cho was born in Seoul and graduated from the Architectural Engineering Department of Yonsei University (Seoul) and the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University (New York). After working in various firms, including OMA Rotterdam, he established Cho Slade Architecture in 1998 in New York City with partner James Slade. In 2003, he returned to Korea to open his own firm, Mass Studies, which has been recognized with numerous awards. The Korea Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai was awarded the Silver Medal in the category of Architectural Design by the Bureau of International Expositions and also earned Cho a Presidential Citation from the government of Korea. In March 2013, Minsuk Cho was the Commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition—la Biennale di Venezia, and was awarded the Golden Lion for the Best National Participation in June 2014.

TIME: 6:30—8pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Auditorium, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

   
 
   
Motorola Headquarters

Official Media Sponsor

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Behind the Scenes: Motorola Headquarters

Tour the new Motorola Mobility Headquarters at Merchandise Mart. The Gensler-designed Motorola Mobility space incorporates the latest thinking in technology, workplace wellness and sustainable design. CAF's tour of the 605,000 square-foot space includes their Chicago Theater (not the Chicago Theater), Exhibit Hall, Riverview Lounge, Grand Staircase and roof deck with a panoramic view of downtown and the river. The tour will be led by Todd Heiser, Gensler Principal, Helen Hopton, Gensler Senior Associate, Steve Monaco, Motorola Mobility's Real Estate Operations Manager, and Mike Merritt, Motorola Mobility's Global Manager Real Estate Operations.

TIME: 6pm - 8pm
COST: $20; Members— $15
LOCATION: 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, #1800

   
 
   
Design Dialogues - Chicago Playscapes: Bringing innovation to park design

Pictured: Millennium Park (photo by Flickr user Chris Smith)

This series is made possible in part by a donation by
Jim Gary in memory of Myra Gary, Docent Class of 1999.


Official Beer Sponsor of CAF

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Design Dialogues
Chicago Playscapes: Bringing innovation to park design

The lessons of Millennium Park still burn bright, as Chicago continues to invest in the creation of new forms of urban recreation space. What do amenities like the ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park and the conversion of the Bloomingdale line into “The 606” linear park teach us about the evolving marriage of design and modern city living? Where is Chicago ahead of the curve, and where is it striving to keep pace with other great cities?

Panelists:

  • Frances Whitehead, lead artist on the 606 design team
  • Rob Rejman, Director of Planning and Development, Chicago Park District
  • Matthew Urbanski, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburg Associates; landscape architect of Maggie Daley Park and The 606
  • Moderator: Chris Bentley, Midwest Editor of Architect’s Newspaper and WBEZ contributor

TIME: 6-8pm
COST: $12 / $7 Members
LOCATION: CAF Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
AIA CES: 1

 

More about Design Dialogues

What are the latest issues and projects in Chicago's architecture and urban design? Join us on the second Tuesday evening of every month as CAF convenes a panel of leading architects, developers, policy makers, and journalists for a lively discussion on issues affecting Chicago' built environment today. After hearing from the experts, stick around to talk more about the topic over a beer.

   
 
CAFamily Studio: Bridge Builders
 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

CAFamily Studio: Bridge Builders

Chicago has more movable bridges than any other city in the world! In this CAFamily Studio, students will learn why Chicago has so many movable bridges and then use studio objects to create their own! This studio is suitable for students age 7-12 and their adult companions.

TIME: 11am—12:30pm and 1—2:30pm
COST: Students— $5, Students of Household Level Members— FREE
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

   
 
   
Design Dialogues - Chicago’s Recession Story: From stalled mega-projects to the foreclosure crisis

Pictured: Spire site (photo by Flickr user Tom Ravenscrodt)

This series is made possible in part by a donation by
Jim Gary in memory of Myra Gary, Docent Class of 1999.


Official Beer Sponsor of CAF

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Design Dialogues
Chicago's Recession Story: From stalled mega-projects to the foreclosure crisis

How do we understand the impact of the recession on Chicago's architecture? Join us as we uncover lesser known unbuilt projects, revisit headline grabbing failures (think: the Spire and the Old Post Office), and celebrate successful preservation and adaptive reuse experiments that did make it over the finish line. With construction picking up again, what new trends in design and development are winning the day?

Panelists:

  • Joe Cahill, columnist, Crain's Chicago Business
  • Benet Haller, Director, Urban Design and Planning at the City of Chicago
  • Ann Thompson, Senior Vice President, Architecture and Design, Related Midwest
  • Moderator: Chris Bentley, Midwest Editor ofArchitect's Newspaper and WBEZ contributor

TIME: 6-8pm
COST: $12 / $7 Members
LOCATION: CAF Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
AIA CES: 1

 

More about Design Dialogues

What are the latest issues and projects in Chicago's architecture and urban design? Join us on the second Tuesday evening of every month as CAF convenes a panel of leading architects, developers, policy makers, and journalists for a lively discussion on issues affecting Chicago' built environment today. After hearing from the experts, stick around to talk more about the topic over a beer.

   
 
   
Design Dialogues - A connected river walk: How Chicago's newest amenity is changing downtown

Pictured: Riverwalk (courtesy of Sasaki Associates)

This series is made possible in part by a donation by
Jim Gary in memory of Myra Gary, Docent Class of 1999.


Official Beer Sponsor of CAF

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Design Dialogues
A connected river walk: How Chicago's newest amenity is changing downtown

With the upcoming completion of the main branch of the Riverwalk, the City's long-held vision for our "second shoreline" is starting to come into focus. How will the designs for this six-block overhaul transform the former industrial waterway into a cherished public amenity?

Panelists:

  • Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Founder and Principal of Ross Barney Architects; architect of the Chicago Riverwalk
  • Benet Haller, Director, Urban Design and Planning at the City of Chicago
  • Moderator: Chris Bentley, Midwest Editor of Architects Newspaper and WBEZ contributor

TIME: 6-8pm
COST: $12 / $7 Members
LOCATION: CAF Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
AIA CES: 1

 

More about Design Dialogues

What are the latest issues and projects in Chicago's architecture and urban design? Join us on the second Tuesday evening of every month as CAF convenes a panel of leading architects, developers, policy makers, and journalists for a lively discussion on issues affecting Chicago' built environment today. After hearing from the experts, stick around to talk more about the topic over a beer.

   
 
   
Design Dialogues - Downtown hotel boom: Bringing new life to significant historic buildings

Pictured: Chicago Athletic Association Windows
(photo by Flickr user Terence Faircloth)

This series is made possible in part by a donation by
Jim Gary in memory of Myra Gary, Docent Class of 1999.


Official Beer Sponsor of CAF

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Design Dialogues
Downtown hotel boom: Bringing new life to significant historic buildings

Many long-vacant historic office buildings are benefiting from Chicago's ambitious tourism goals, as hotel conversions are popping up all over the loop. Will we continue to see more hotels like the Virgin, Hotel 360 at the London Guarantee, and the Chicago Athletic Association step in and bring new life to historic buildings?

Panelists:

  • John Rutledge, Founder, President & CEO, Oxford Capital Group, LLC; developer converting the London Guarantee Building into LondonHouse
  • Cindy Chan Roubik, ALA, LEED AP, Preservation Architect, City of Chicago Historic Preservation Division
  • Robin Standefer, Principal, Roman and Williams; architect of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (invited)
  • Moderator: Chris Bentley, Midwest Editor of Architect's Newspaper and WBEZ contributor

TIME: 6-8pm
COST: $12 / $7 Members
LOCATION: CAF Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
AIA CES: 1

 

More about Design Dialogues

What are the latest issues and projects in Chicago's architecture and urban design? Join us on the second Tuesday evening of every month as CAF convenes a panel of leading architects, developers, policy makers, and journalists for a lively discussion on issues affecting Chicago' built environment today. After hearing from the experts, stick around to talk more about the topic over a beer.

   



This Week's Public Programs

CAFamily Studio: Read + Build
Wed, 04 Mar 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Chicago’s 7: Annual Most Threatened Buildings List Unveiled
Wed, 04 Mar 2015
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Institute of Environmental Sustainability - Loyola
Thu, 05 Mar 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Minecraft Studio: 2 Day ChallengeRecurring Event
Sat, 07 Mar 2015
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

LEGO® Build Workshop: ShadowRecurring Event
Sun, 08 Mar 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Minecraft Studio: 2 Day ChallengeRecurring Event
Sun, 08 Mar 2015
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

LEGO® Build Workshop: ShadowRecurring Event
Sun, 08 Mar 2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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