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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. Please check this page often for updates on studios and special events.

In addition, we have begun to require a 5 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.



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.

Time: 11:00-12:45pm/1:15-3:00pm
Cost: $5 per child; Free for members
Location: ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF



Saturday, May 17, 2014

Building with Bloxes!

Bloxes are life-sized cardboard building blocks. They're used as furniture, walls, and forts by the likes of Google, Twitter, Mozilla, and many more. Join us in the lecture Hall @ CAF to see if you can build something that you can maneuver over, under and through!

Time: 11:00-12:45pm/1:15-3:00pm
Cost: $5 per child; Free for members
Location: Lecture Hall @ CAF



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.

Time: 11:00-12:45pm/1:15-3:00pm
Cost: $5 per child; Free for members
Location: ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF


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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.

Upcoming Education Events

CAFamily Studio: Guess Who? Architects!
Sat, 19 Apr 2014
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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