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CAF is the signature education partner for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Here’s how we are involved.

As the event’s signature education partner, we are committed to providing teachers and young people ages 12-21 with access to the Biennial. We are making Biennial content available to those who might not otherwise be exposed to architecture and design education, through a variety of free activities and community-based programs. Teachers and students are welcome to come to the Loop to experience installations at the Chicago Cultural Center or engage with architects, designers and participating cultural organizations during Biennial events held in neighborhoods across the city.

Educator and Student Exploration Guide

This interactive guide is perfect for teachers who wish to bring students to the Biennial on their own. Plan your trip with the maps, a proposed route, key ideas and discussion questions to help you lead your own group, or let students explore independently. Materials are aligned with Common Core Standards for grades 5-12.

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Guided Field Trips

CAF leads unique “walking workshop” field trips that offer a thematic and inquiry-based exploration of several Biennial installations held at the Chicago Cultural Center. These 90-minute field trips are aligned to Common Core standards and recommended for students grades 5 through 12.

Biennial field trips are free to schools serving students who are Chicago residents. A limited number of buses are available upon request.

Field trips explore the Biennial exhibitions within the Chicago Cultural Center. They begin and end at the center’s Washington Street entrance.

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Self-Guide

You can pick up our Guide for Exploration at the Chicago Cultural Center before you explore the galleries. The guide is available in English and Spanish. It contains maps, a list of "must see" installations for all ages, fun questions and sketching prompts.