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Evening Programs

Network, socialize, and learn at our Evening Programs!

Enjoy a glass of wine at an exhibition opening, listen to world-renowned architects discuss their work, or hear a panel engage in the latest debate about the future of Chicago. Our evening line-up is a great way to spend time with friends and colleagues who share your passion for the real stories behind architecture, infrastructure, landscapes, and city-building.


The Petropolis of Tomorrow book

Friday, April 25, 2014

Instruments for Urban Production

Over the past 150 years architects have approached the city through the lens of geometry, symbolism,hygiene, collage, contextualism, technology, density and landscape, among others. Recently, a whole host of new forces from global economics to environmentalism are sponsoring a new set of instruments through which architects may explore the city. This panel discussion identifies some of these new frameworks and critically evaluates their instrumentality in the production of new urban form.

Please join us for a panel discussion on ‘Instruments for Urban Production’ with five unique perspectives on theory and design. The panel discussion will be followed by a book launch & reception for The Petropolis of Tomorrow, edited by Neeraj Bhatia and Mary Casper (Actar / Architecture at Rice, 2013). Copies of the book will be available for purchase.



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TIME: 6:00pm - 7:30pm 
COST: Free to the public
LOCATION: 224 S. Michigan Ave. CAF Lecture Hall

Columbia Yacht Club

Official Media Sponsor

Monday, May 12, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Columbia Yacht Club

Enjoy a spring evening as the only guests aboard a private yacht! Since 1892, Columbia Yacht Club—located where Randolph Street meets the Lake Michigan shoreline—has long been celebrated as one of Chicago's premier boating clubs and sailing organizations. In the winter of 1982-83, Columbia Yacht Club purchased the MV Abegweit—a 372-foot, 7,000-ton railway, vehicle and passenger ferry from Canada—as the new club ship and headquarters. Once the most powerful icebreaking ship in the world, "Abby" remains "in service" today as an exclusive dining room and event space offering unparalleled views of the Chicago harbor, skyline and Grant Park.

Behind the Scenes Access: Step aboard the MV Abegeit and tour this private club's dining room, outdoor deck, steering room, and lower level where railcars and motor vehicles were stored during the ship's passage of the Northumberland Straight from 1947 to 1982.

This Behind-the-Scenes event includes snacks, one drink ticket, and access to a cash bar. Staff and volunteers from the Club will help you explore the ship and interpret the sites.

TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
COST: $35 non-members, $30 members
LOCATION: Columbia Yacht Club, 111 N. Lake Shore Drive

Drinks and Design program

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Drinks + Design in the Studio: Speed Sketching

Can you sketch like an architect? Armed with sharpies, pencils and old-fashioned view finders, you can learn the tricks of the trade. Come in a novice and leave feeling like a pro. Architects from Cannon Design will help you feel comfortable with pen in hand. Already a seasoned sketch artist? Come show us your stuff! Drinks + Design in the Studio is a bimonthly, hands-on program for adults. Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and engineering.

TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
COST: $20 non-members, $15 members
LOCATION: Design Studio, 224 S. Michigan Ave


Not able to make it to Drinks + Design in May? Save the date for another upcoming Drinks + Design event:

City of Big Data PechaKucha Night

In Partnership with Architecture is Fun and Visualized Concepts, sponsored in part by Goose Island Beer Company.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

City of Big Data PechaKucha Night

What can you learn about Big Data in 400 seconds? Come to the special, CAF City of Big Data PechaKucha Night and find out! The most engaging thinkers in the city talk about their work in 20 slides up for only 20 seconds each.

‘Big Data’ refers to the volume, velocity, and variety of the digital information we generate today. From information collected by urban sensors to Tweets, never before have cities generated so much data. Data is a 21st century design material. It has the power to transform how we plan, design, and build cities. Good data can help designers and citizens identify patterns and trends that affect the health and happiness of a city and the people who live there. Learn more about the Chicago Architecture Foundation City of Big Data exhibition>>

The Chicago Architecture Foundation's mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters. Data provides a critical lens for exploring and understanding the design issues that matter deeply to citizens, from community health and livability, to safety and sustainability.


  • Tom Burtonwood - The 3D Printer Experience
  • Dennis McClendon – Chicago Cartographics
  • Dan O’Neil  Smart Chicago
  • Jeann Marie Olson – Design for America

...and more!

Hosted by Peter Exley of Architecture is Fun and Ingrid Haftel from the Chicago Architecture Foundation

TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
COST: $12 non-members, $7 members
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Charles Montgomery, Author

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Special Lecture: Charles Montgomery’s Happy City
Charles Montgomery, Author

For years, self-help experts have told us that we need to do inner work in order to improve our lives. But what if our cities themselves had the power to make or break our happiness? Drawing on brain science, psychology, and rich personal stories, award-winning author Charles Montgomery explains how cities influence how we feel, behave, and treat other people in ways most of us never realize. Everything from the length of your commute to the depth of your front yard can have an unseen effect on your mind, emotions, and social life. But Montgomery uses fascinating and often funny social experiments to demonstrate that we are not helpless. We can change our lives by changing our relationship with our cities—and each other.

TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
COST: $12/ $7 Members
LOCATION: CAF Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Jimenz Lai-White Elephant

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Design Dialogues: Notes from the Biennale: Jimenez Lai in conversation with Stanley Tigerman

Chicago-based architect Jimenez Lai shares his impressions from the opening of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, where he represented Taiwan with a pavilion entitled The Small City Within. Lai, longtime mentee of 2013 AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award winner Stanley Tigerman, is the Founder/Leader of Bureau Spectacular and an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago. In 2013 he received the Debut Award at the Lisbon Triennale for outstanding architects under the age of 35, an exhibition of his recent monograph, Citizens of No Place is currently on view at the offices of Clayco and Forum Studio.

TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
COST: $12/ $7 Members
LOCATION: CAF Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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