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We are pleased to offer CAFamily Studios (now on Saturdays) again in 2014! These programs have been altered to ensure that real learning goals will be achieved. Programs will no longer be drop-in and there will be two sessions per studio day in order for more students to participate. 

In addition, we have begun to require a five dollar payment per child for our studios. Payment can be paid in advance upon registration or onsite at the start of the program. CAFamily Studios are free for CAF Members.

There are currently no upcoming CAFamily Studios, but check back soon for updates! For a casual family activity, all ages are welcome at the ArcelorMittal Design Studio at CAF for our LEGO Build sessions and open exhibition times. More information>> 


Recent Programs


Saturday, November 08, 2014

CAFamily Studio: ArchiTales!

Join us for this exciting new studio! Created specifically for young designers age 3-7, ArchiTales combines storytelling and a make-and-take studio! Students will hear The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale and make their own model homes inspired by the book and those creative designers.



Saturday, October 18 and Sunday October 19, 2014

FAMILY PROGRAM: Open House Chicago & City of Big Data

Join us for a day of interactive learning as we celebrate both Open House Chicago and our exhibit, Chicago: City of Big Data. Students and their families will learn about big data through interaction with the Chicago: City of Big Data exhibition, then use LEGO to create new buildings for Chicago's Loop based on what they've learned. Other drop-in design activities will also be available! Suitable for ages 5-12 with adult companions.



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Back to School Studio: Cut, Copy, Paste

Join us in our Design Studio for a fun day of crafts and design! Using paper, glue and a steady hand, design studio participants will learn about landmark Chicago buildings and then use them as inspiration for creative mixed media collages! Suitable for ages 5-12 with adult companions.


August 16th & 23rd, 2014

Minecraft Studio

Come play Minecraft with us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF! Players will collaborate on design challenges and move between the physical and digital as they build in both Minecraft and LEGOs. Everyone can use our server to play, but you must bring your own laptop.



Saturday, June 21, 2014

Chicago by the Numbers!

Join us in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio for an eye-opening studio! Using our newest exhibit Chicago: City of Big Data, and LEGO bricks, students and their adult companions will learn why Chicago is one smart city.



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Guess Who? Architects!

For this studio, architecture is all about fun and games! Young architectural enthusiasts will learn about several architects important to the history of Chicago’s built environment, and then play an exciting game of Guess Who? Students 7-13 and their adult companions are welcome to attend this studio.



Saturday, March 22, 2014

CAFamily Saturday Studio: Stop Motion Animation with Siobhan Leonard

Animate community and creativity! Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio where special guest Siobhan Leonard will turn your family’s drawings and doodles into animated works of art. Siobhan Leonard, a local artist and art educator is bringing her Capture Community Project, first executed at Roman Susan Gallery in Rogers Park, to CAF. Students 5-13 are invited to draw on the walls, while Siobhan animates the process. The final product will be made available online!

Find out more about Siobhan and her work here, visit

Drinks and Design: What do you Mean by Tall?


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Engineers Week Celebration: Engineer This! Build That!

Join us at multiple locations at our home in the historic Railway Exchange Building for a day-long program to celebrate National Engineers Week. Hands-on activities, LEGO builds and presentations are designed to help families discover what engineers do, have fun building, constructing and solving engineering challenges.

This drop-in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program is designed to engage students 5-13 and their adult companions.



Saturday, January 25, 2014

CAFamily Saturday Studio: Great Lakes, Great You!

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio at CAF for a day of creative play and learning. Young designers will learn about the exhibit Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin curated in partnership with the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Their knowledge of Great Lakes will aid them in designing their own Chicago-inspired city where the water is the driving force of commerce, creativity and citizenship. This studio is suitable for kids 7-13 and their adult companions.

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