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Alert: Due to extremely cold weather, all Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise tours aboard Chicago’s First Lady are canceled on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Get ready to see the city with new eyes. As a national leader in architecture education, we explore the fundamentals of architecture and design through hands-on experiences for all ages.

Overview of offerings

We'll be your guide to understanding architecture and design. Join us for programs designed to inspire families, students and teachers.

  • Field trips use the city's iconic buildings as teaching tools
  • Studio workshops and festivals engage families to play and learn together
  • Multi-day camps and classes create an immersive learning experience
  • Teen studios, competitions and fellowships open career pathways
  • Teacher professional development trainings provide dynamic curricula and in-school support

All programs emphasize problem-solving and critical thinking through real-world design challenges and understanding the impact of design where we live and learn.