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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 sessions (1pm – 2:30pm; 3pm – 4:30pm)
COST: $10 non-members, $5 members
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave

2014 Schedule of Themes:
November: City Scale REGISTER >
December: Home for the Holidays


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


The November 6 "The BIG IDEA: Experience Data" program has been postponed. Please check back soon for more details.


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Monday, November 10, 2014

Behind-the-Scenes: NEIU's El Centro Campus

Join us for an exclusive tour of the brand new Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) El Centro urban campus with architect Juan Moreno of JGMA. Since opening its doors in September 2014, this striking building near the Kennedy Expressway and Belmont blue line station has offered convenience to commuter students and a heightened visibility for the University, in addition to providing an anchor for outreach to the Latino community in Chicago and neighbors in Avondale.

Moreno will speak to the group about designing this new anchor for NEIU, then small group tours led by members of the JGMA design team and NEIU student and faculty members will guide you through the classrooms, computer labs, a multi-media resource center, conference rooms, community and study rooms, and double-height reception lobby.

Moreno will present his talk in Spanish at 6:00pm then in English at 6:30pm. Please reserve your ticket based on language preference.

TIME: 6pm-8pm
COST: $15/$10 Members
LOCATION: El Centro, 3390 N. Avondale Avenue

Lunes, 10 de Noviembre, 2014

Detrás de las Escenas: Campus El Centro de NEIU

Acompáñenos en un recorrido exclusivo del nuevo edificio de Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) El Centro campus urbano con el Arquitecto Juan Moreno de JGMA. Desde que sus puertas abrieron en Septiembre del 2014, éste impresionante edificio cerca de la autopista Kennedy y la estación Belmont en la línea azul, ha ofrecido conveniencia a estudiantes que viajan a diario, y una mayor visibilidad para la Universidad, además de proveer una ancla para la comunidad Latina en Chicago y vecinos de la comunidad de Avondale.

Moreno ofrecerá una charla sobre el diseño de esta nueva ancla para NEIU y después se darán recorridos de grupos más pequeños encabezados por miembros del equipo de diseño de JGMA y estudiantes y profesores de la Universidad; los cuales le guiarán a través de las salas de clase, laboratorios de computación, centro de recursos multi-media, salas de conferencia, salas de estudio y para la comunidad, y el vestíbulo de recepción de doble altura.

Moreno estará presentando su charla en español a las 6:00 pm y luego en Ingles a las 6:30. Por favor reserve su boleto de entrada basado en el idioma de preferencia.

HORA: 6:00 pm (Español) o 6:30 pm (Inglés)
COSTO: $10 Miembros de CAF/$15 no-miembros
UBICACIÓN: El Centro, 3390 N. Avondale Ave.

CAF Drinks + Design: Urban Data with Lego®

Official Beer Sponsor of CAF

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Drinks + Design: Urban Data with Lego®

Drinks + Design in the Studio is a bimonthly, hands-on program for adults. Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and engineering during this hands-on program for adults using LEGO® while enjoying an after-work drink. Be a designer for day working with some unique constraints to build the next great city with LEGO®.

TIME: 6pm-8pm
COST: $20/$15 Members
LOCATION: ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

This Week's Public Programs

LunchTalks@CAF: The Fulton-Randolph Market District: Feeding Chicago since 1850
Wed, 05 Nov 2014
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

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