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Go Places with the Chicago Architecture Foundation


Take an adventure with CAF on one of our Members-Only Travel Programs. As part of your member benefits the Members-Only Travel Program offers unique opportunities to go behind-the-scenes and visit architecturally rich sites outside the Chicago area. Take a look at what’s planned for 2013!

Not a Chicago Architecture Foundation member? Join today and start taking advantage of this exclusive benefit.


Courtesy of John McGraw Photography

August 7-9, 2014

Members-Only Travel Program: Detroit, Michigan

Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) invites you to join us for a trip to Detroit, Michigan. Described as the “Paris of the West” in the late nineteenth century, this early leader in the City Beautiful movement has wonderfully preserved Art Deco buildings from the pre-war era. Lectures will highlight the booming past, rocky present, and hopeful future of the city; and how architecture and design plays a critical role in the vitality of the city. Our visit will include One Detroit Center by John Burgee and Philip Johnson, the Chrysler House by Daniel Burnham, behind-the-scenes tours of the Ford House and the Cranbrook Academy.

Come see the Motor City from an insider’s perspective. Space is limited!

For a detailed itinerary or to reserve your spot, email Kathryn Duval: kduval(at)architecture(dot)org

COST: $1,400 Double Occupancy per person rate, $1,600 Single Occupancy per person rate

(Includes hotel, coach transportation, architectural tours, all museum admissions, at least one meal per day, and a tax-deductible donation of $350)

DURATION: 8:00 AM departure from CAF on August 7 -- 6:00 PM return to CAF on August 9



 Courtesy of Sunnylands

Thursday, March 13 - Sunday, March 16, 2014

Members-Only Travel Program: Palm Springs, California

Escape the winter blues with a trip to mid-century-modernist paradise. CAF partners with the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) on a long weekend excursion to Palm Springs, California. Attendees will explore private homes, iconic institutions and other cultural centers in the area. Sights include the desert modernist masterpiece Frey House II, the "west coast Camp David" Sunnylands, the Palm Springs Art Museum and Palm Springs Historical Society.

View the full itinerary here >>


 Courtesy of Fallingwater

Thursday, August 1 - Sunday, August 4, 2013

Members-Only Travel Program: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

See why the New Yorker magazine said “If Pittsburgh were situated somewhere in the heart of Europe, tourists would eagerly journey hundreds of miles out of their way to visit it.”

Join us for a 3-night/4-day tour of Pittsburgh’s architectural treasures. Stay in the Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh’s premiere hotel since 1916.  Tour Carnegie Mellon Campus, Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Library.  Enjoy a walking tour showcasing the architectural works of Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Osterling and Daniel Burnham.  The trip ends with the breathtaking tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s renowned Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. Space is limited!



Courtesy of Pabst Mansion

Thursday - Friday, June 20-21, 2013

Members-Only Travel Program: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Discover the works of architects such as David Adler, Alexander Eschweiser, Eero Saarinen and many more as we explore the great city of Milwaukee.  Learn about Milwaukee’s Third Ward – a former industrial district located south of downtown. Their efforts encouraged the renovation of industrial buildings and re-engaged the neighborhood with the Milwaukee River. Tour the Gilded Mansions of Captain Frederick Pabst, Charles Allis and Lloyd Smith and then take a tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum, including the graceful Quadracci Pavilion designed by Santiago Calatrava.



 Courtesy of SC Johnson Wax
International Headquarters

Friday, July 27, 2012

Members-Only Travel Program: Racine, Wisconsin

Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) invites you to join us for a trip to Racine, Wisconsin, home to SC Johnson Wax International Headquarters, a company that fostered works of architectural heavyweights Frank Lloyd Wright and Sir Norman Foster. From the Golden Rondelle Theater to Wright’s world-famous Administration Building to Norman Foster’s Fortaleza Hall – you’ll be amazed by the works of these celebrated architects. Then we’ll take a short bus ride to the Racine Art Museum and discover the architecture of award winning Chicago-based architects Brininstool + Lynch.  Depending on availability we may have an opportunity to visit historic Wingspread, the celebrated house F.L. Wright designed for the Johnson’s Family.

COST: $125 CAF MEMBERS ONLY (Includes bus rides, architectural tours, one continental breakfast and one lunch)

DURATION: 7.30AM - 6.00PM



Interior: Ellicott Square Building
Courtesy of "visit Buffalo Niagara"


Wednesday - Sunday, September 19-23, 2012

Members-Only Travel Program: Buffalo, New York

Join the Chicago Architecture Foundation as we visit the works of great architectural masters in Buffalo, New York. From Adler and Sullivan’s 1896 Guaranty building and Burnham’s Ellicott Square building to Henry Hobson Richardson Complex and Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House – you’ll see all the renowned architecture* Buffalo has to offer. We will also visit Frederick Law Olmstead (architect of Central Park) designed parkways and parks and Roycroft colony founded in 1895 - a major influence in the American Arts and Crafts movement. Also take in Niagara as you explore the 19th-century infrastructure of Niagara Falls, Buffalo's iconic grain elevators and more.

Extend your trip to 5 days and join us two days early (September 19-20) to enjoy a cruise on the “Maid of the Mist”, travel with us to Niagara-on-the-Lake on the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and enjoy a performance at the legendary Shaw Festival.

This tour is open only to CAF Members. Space is limited!
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*New York Times (November 14, 2008)



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