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Whether for personal enrichment or professional growth, the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers an exciting schedule of programming that brings together people from different backgrounds and experiences to learn about Chicago’s architecture—past, present, and future. We offer programming in the areas of new construction, historic preservation, the future of Chicago, Chicago history, architecture in the neighborhoods, sustainability, landscape design, residential architecture, and featured works of architects and firms. 

No matter when you are available—lunchtime, evenings, or weekends—or how much time you have, there is something for your schedule!

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LEGO® Build

Every Sunday, beginning March 23, 2014

For many architects, building with LEGOs was their first step towards cultivating a mind for design, and they often return to this classic toy to spark their imagination. Today, sets like the LEGO Architecture Studio are more sophisticated and versatile than ever, appealing to teens and adults as well. Building with this set at the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF is a fun way for people to get inspired by architecture and learn the fundamentals while creating their own designs!

Every Sunday in 2014, we host workshops led by guest designers, offering two sessions each day with themes that change monthly to drive the topics of discussion and kinds of structures that guests build. Our studios are open to all, and visitors under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

TIME: Two shifts (12pm – 2pm; 2:30pm – 4:30pm)
COST: $10 non-members, $5 members
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave

2014 Schedule of Themes:
July: Landmarks  Register Now>>
August: Surface  Register Now>>
September: Mass Register Now>>
October: Symmetry Register Now>>
November: City Scale
December: Home for the Holidays


The following dates will not be available:
August 31st (Labor Day Weekend)
October 19th (OHC Weekend)
November 30th (Thanksgiving Weekend)
December 28th (Christmas Weekend)

CAF Behind the Scenes

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Thalia Hall

Be one of the first to explore the newly renovated Thalia Hall. This Pilsen landmark was founded by John Dusek in 1892 and was modeled after the Prague Opera House. The hall served as a multi-purpose property offering commercial storefronts, residential housing, and a hall for the community until it was closed to the public in the 1960's. In October of 1989, Thalia Hall was granted landmark status. In 2013, the landmark building was re- established when Dusek’s Board & Beer, a beer inspired restaurant on the first floor and Punch House, a punch focused cocktail bar in the basement, opened under the helm of Michelin starred Chef Jared Wentworth. In May of 2014, Thalia Hall's doors re-opened welcoming the first crowd of music lovers into history. Join us to see the renovated hall, have some refreshments and hear about the Hall’s storied past from Chicago’s Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson.

TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
COST: $35/ $30 members
LOCATION: 1807 S Allport St, Chicago IL 60608

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Special One-Time Tour: Emerging Chicago: Women Building Change

Saturday, August 9

This annual Emerging Chicago bus tour features several new buildings in Chicago. This year the tour is held in conjunction with the exhibition Women Building Change: Celebrating 40 Years of Chicago Women in Architecture. Start at CAF with an overview of the exhibit in the Lecture Hall Gallery. Lynn Sorkin of bKl Architecture leads the first stop at the soon to open GEMS World Academy in Lakeshore East. William Emmick of Studio Gang leads the next stop at the 2013 boathouse at Clark Park designed by Jeanne Gang. Finally, Patricia Saldana Natke of UrbanWorks, Ltd. leads us through her design of the UNO Galewood Charter School.

TIME: 12-4 pm
COST: $45/$37 Members
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

Samba on the River

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Samba on the River: A River Cruise Benefiting the CAF Taliesin Scholars

Join the CAF Auxiliary Board for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and Brazilian music aboard Chicago’s Leading Lady. All proceeds for this event benefit the Newhouse Architecture & Design Competition and the CAF Taliesin Scholars.

TIME: 5:30pm - 8:00pm 
COST: $125
LOCATION: Aboard Chicago’s Leading Lady, SE Corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker Dr.

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This Week's Public Programs

LEGO BuildRecurring Event
Sun, 27 Jul 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

LEGO BuildRecurring Event
Sun, 27 Jul 2014
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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