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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—lunchtime, evenings, or weekends—or how much time you have, there is something for your schedule!

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LEGO® Build

Every Sunday, beginning March 23, 2014

For many architects, building with LEGOs 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 in 2014, 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 (1pm – 2:30pm; 3pm – 4:30pm)
COST: $10 non-members, $5 members
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave

2014 Schedule of Themes:
November: City Scale REGISTER >
December: Home for the Holidays REGISTER >


The following dates will not be available:
October 19th (OHC Weekend)
November 30th (Thanksgiving Weekend)
December 28th (Christmas Weekend)

Member Appreciation Night

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Member Appreciation Night

Join us for an exclusive holiday event just for you, our CAF Members! Enjoy wine and light appetizers as you mingle with fellow CAF Members. During the event, try your hand at building LEGO® masterpieces in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio, and hear a brief presentation from CAF President and CEO, Lynn Osmond, on up-and-coming construction projects in the city. Afterwards take advantage of your Holiday CAF Member Discount of 25% off in the CAF Shop during a private shopping event exclusive to members.

TIME: 5:30pm-8:30pm
COST: $5 Members
LOCATION: Atrium, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

Members-Only: Home for the Holidays Workshop

Saturday, December 6, 2014

MEMBERS-ONLY: Home for the Holidays Workshop

Celebrate the city lights and holiday cheer with a sweet design program. CAF members are invited to our ArcelorMittal Design Studio to create elaborate or modern edible homes decorated to express your holiday wish. Hot chocolate and smiles will be provided.

Cost is $60 up to a family/group of four and includes two edible home kits.
Please Note: Materials provided to make edible homes my contain allergens.

TIME: 1pm-3pm
COST: $60 Members, up to a family/group of four
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

Member Appreciation Night

Monday, December 8, 2014

MEMBERS-ONLY: Holiday Tea at the Drake

In 1840 the Seventh Duchess of Bedford began experiencing a daily sinking feeling in the afternoon One day she requested a tray of tea, bread, butter and cake to be brought to her room. She later invited her friends to partake in her daily ritual. Within a short period of time "Afternoon Tea" became an elaborate social event.

Join us for an afternoon of style, featuring a tour of the Drake Hotel's history, architecture and design. Immediately following the tour, enjoy the Drake Hotel's famous traditional afternoon tea in the Palm Court bedecked in holiday finery with live musical accompaniment.

TIME: 1pm-2:30pm or 2pm-3:30pm
COST: $65 Members
LOCATION: The Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Big Idea: Experience Data

Access to data is shaping the future of the built environment. Join us for a conversation on how emerging technologies will change what we can see and know, how we elect to design and build, and what new applications mean for city building, city services, and urban policy.


  • John Tolva, Former Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago, and President, PositivEnergy Practice
  • Charlie Catlett, Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data (a join initiative of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory)
  • Euro Beinat, Vice President of Platform Technologies at Zebra Technologies
  • Petra Stieninger, PhD, Director, Smart City Projects at CCJM

Presented in partnership with Built Worlds, a platform for the exchange of ideas about technology innovation in the built environment.

TIME: 6pm reception and tours of Built Worlds, 6:45pm program
COST: $12/$7 CAF Members
LOCATION: Built Worlds (formerly Burnham Works), 1130 W. Monroe St.

Chicago: City of Big Data sponsors



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