- Early skyscrapers and other 19th-century architecture
- Important events like the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the World’s Fairs of 1893 and 1933-1934
- Historic photos and perspectives on Chicago
Latest Updates on Historic Chicago
Few buildings are more loved in Chicago than the John Hancock Center. In a recent ceremony, a journal written by a caisson inspector for the building was added to the observation floor, containing site photos and literature about the building.
From April 19 to May 13, CAF is running a four-part program on Chicago’s landscape legacy. We sat down with Julia Bachrach, the host and lecturer for this series, to get a preview.
The structure, completed in 1971, which stood as a testament to Black excellence, has taken the first step toward landmark designation.
Chicago is known around the world for its tall skyscrapers, but some of Chicago’s greatest architecture is often found throughout the city’s neighborhoods.
This photo from 1855 may be the oldest photo of Chicago. It depicts the old city hall and courthouse that was destroyed in the great fire of 1871.
The changing face of Chicago architecture—in structures old, new and yet to be—will always be newsworthy. Here, we track the buzz and battles, building context around a city’s issues as they unfold.
Three prominent Chicago architects selected for combined public housing/library projectsvia Curbed Chicago
We’re up to a lot around here, and we’d like to start sharing the personal side of CAF.
Your CAF Spring To-Do Listvia CAF
Parks & Public Spaces
Chicago’s playscapes - parks, playgrounds and green spaces - bring Chicagoans and visitors outside to play.