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What is a docent?

How can I become a docent?

What other volunteer opportunities are at the Chicago Architecture Foundation?

How can I donate to the Chicago Architecture Foundation?

Which organizations donate to the Chicago Architecture Foundation?

How much is admission to the Chicago Architecture Foundation?

Where are your programs and exhibitions held?

Can I bring a lunch to the lunchtime lecture?

Can CAF's tour buses accommodate wheelchairs?

What is the fee for a program?

Where can I park?

What tours are going on today?

How can I schedule a group tour?

How do I become a member?

What are the benefits of membership?

How many people can be on a household membership?

 

 

Is my membership tax deductible?

How can I change my CAF membership information?

How do I receive/use my member discount for parking?

Do I have to take a tour in order to receive my member discount for parking?

Do I have to show my membership card for walking tours?

Do I have to show my membership card to attend programs/lectures/exhibitions?

How can my son/daughter participate in the Newhouse Program and Competition?

I know a teenager interested in architecture and design—do you have any programs for this age-range?

Do you have an internship program for high school students?

What programs do you offer for families?

How can I schedule a field trip to the Chicago Architecture Foundation?

How can I use architecture to teach in the classroom?

  ANSWERS

What is a docent?

Docents are volunteers who conduct tours and interpret the buildings in Chicago's downtown and surrounding neighborhoods on Chicago Architecture Foundation tours. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, many with little or no previous formal education on the subject of architecture.

How can I become a docent?

Visit the docent section of our website for more information.

What other volunteer opportunities are at the Chicago Architecture Foundation?

We have volunteer opportunities in the area of Visitor Services, administrative volunteers, and special events. Visit the volunteer section of this site for more information.

How can I donate to the Chicago Architecture Foundation?

The Chicago Architecture Foundation accepts donations such as In Kind Gifts, Memorial Gifts, Matching Gifts, and Planned Gifts. Please visit the donate section of this site for additional information.

Which organizations donate to the Chicago Architecture Foundation?

Various corporate, foundation, and government entities provide generous contributions that make CAF's exhibitions and programs possible. Please click here to see a list of our funders.

How much is admission to the Chicago Architecture Foundation?

Admission to our exhibitions is free. Most of our adult programs and family programs are free and open to the public. Tour prices vary.

Where are your programs and exhibitions held?

Unless otherwise stated in the program or exhibition details, all programs and exhibitions are held at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan Avenue. See a map of our facilities for specific locations within the building.

Can I bring a lunch to the lunchtime lecture?

Yes.

Can CAF's tour buses accommodate wheelchairs?

Requests for accommodation such as a wheelchair-accessible bus should be made through the CAF call center at 312-922-TOUR, or by emailing tickets@architecture.org. To ensure an accommodation, requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the tour's scheduled departure.

What is the fee for a program?

Most of our adult programs and family programs are free and open to the public. Please refer to our programs or family programs section of this site for detailed information.

Where can I park?

At the Chicago Architecture Foundation:

Discounted parking is available for Chicago Architecture Foundation members at the Millennium Park parking garage or Grant Park South parking garage. Show your membership card at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop & Tour Center between 9:30am and 6pm to request your discount voucher.

At the dock:

Discounted parking for all Architecture River Cruise participants is available at Systems Parking, 111 East Upper Wacker Drive. To receive the discount, validate the parking ticket at both the Chicago’s First Lady dock ticket window and the Systems Parking ticket offices before using the automated machine in the parking facility.  Discount applies only to stays in the garage under 4 hours.

What is the address for the dock?

The dock is located at the Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive. There is no formal address for the dock. See map for details.

Can I bring luggage on the River Cruise?

No. There will be no luggage allowed on board any river cruise vessel due to heightened security requirements.

What tours are going on today?

Visit the tours section of this website for information on all tour departures.

How can I schedule a group tour?

Group tours can be scheduled for those with 10 or more participants. Please contact Jennifer Devermann at 312.332.1131 or jdevermann(at)architecture.org or use our online form.

How do I become a member?

There are 3 ways to become a member: submit an online form, complete a form at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop & Tour Center, or call 312.322.1140

What are the benefits of membership?

Membership benefits include annual buy-one-get-one-free Architecture River Cruise tickets, more than 65 free tours, invitations to exclusive members-only behind-the-scenes tours, Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop discounts, and more. See the membership section of our site for complete details.

How many people can be on a household membership?

Two adults and 2 children under the age of 18 can be on a household membership.

Is my membership tax deductible?

Sustaining memberships and above are tax deductible.

How can I change my membership information?

Please call Membership Services at 312.322.1140 or send an email to membership(at)architecture.org.

How do I receive/use my member discount for parking?

Show your Chicago Architecture Foundation membership card at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop & Tour Center between 9:30am and 6pm to request your discount voucher.

Do I have to take a tour in order to receive my member discount for parking?

No, as a Chicago Architecture Foundation member benefit you do not need to participate in a Chicago Architecture Foundation event or tour in order to take advantage of the parking discount.

Do I have to show my membership card for walking tours?

Yes. Without your membership card you will pay regular price for tours.

Do I have to show my membership card to attend programs/lectures/exhibitions?

You are not required to show your Chicago Architecture Foundation membership card for free events. Please bring your membership card for members-only events or events which have a special members-only price.

How can my son/daughter participate in the Newhouse Program and Competition?

Visit the Newhouse Program and Competition section of our website for complete details.

I know a teenager interested in architecture and design—do you have any programs for this age-range?

Our Saturday in the Studio workshops are a great way for teenagers to explore the fields of architecture and design. Other educational and fun learning options through the Chicago Architecture Foundation also include the Newhouse Program and Competition, the Architecture Handbook , and internships.

Do you have an internship program for high school students?

Yes, please visit the internships section of this website for more details.

What programs do you offer for families?

We offer Family Studio Sundays

How can I schedule a field trip to the Chicago Architecture Foundation?

See the school groups section of our website.

How can I use architecture to teach in the classroom?

Our award-winning publications, Schoolyards to Skylines and the Architecture Handbook are excellent resources for using architecture as a teaching tool as well as teaching architecture itself.

 

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