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The Chicago Architecture Foundation is reaching new heights thanks to donors like you.

At CAF, we are dedicated to inspiring people to discover why design matters. Through tours, exhibitions, programs and events, we celebrate and promote Chicago’s role as a world leader in architectural innovation.

Since our founding in 1966, CAF has become one of the city’s top educational and cultural destinations. In the past five decades, we have hit some truly astonishing milestones, including:

  • 10 million people reached
  • 1 million volunteer hours donated
  • 250,000 students served

“I used to think that architecture was only for people who can draw, are good in math, and are non-minorities. Now I think that anyone can become an architect no matter their ethnicity or what background they come from. There is innovation and all ideas are welcome.”

—Maggie, 8th grade, Chicago Public School student

In summer 2018, we will expand our reach with the opening of the new Chicago Architecture Center in the heart of the city. The Center will be a gateway for Chicagoans and visitors to explore the city and discover the stories and secrets behind our magnificent buildings. It will leave a lasting impact on the city for years to come and positively influence the next generation of architects and designers.

Your support will help us not only move important design conversations to the center of Chicago, but also increase educational opportunities for students, improve tour experiences and enhance our signature Open House Chicago festival.

Join our work by making a donation in an amount that is meaningful to you, whether it’s $50, $200, $600 or more.

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