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Between States—50 Designers Transform Chicago's Neighborhoods is an ambitious showcase of 50 community-based design solutions to transform underappreciated and underperforming spaces in Chicago into rejuvenated civic anchors.

This exhibition is the latest in CAF’s multi-year 50 Designers/50 Wards investigation, which explores how designers and residents might equally participate in identifying growth opportunities within all of Chicago’s neighborhoods.

This year, CAF has challenged 50 Chicago-based design teams to identify a physical asset in one of Chicago’s 50 wards that could benefit from a redesign and imagine a way to transition it “between states.” The meaning is twofold. First, how can the physical state of these sites be transformed? Second, how can successful community-based projects from other U.S. states serve as inspiring case studies for Chicagoans?

PRICE    Free and open to the public

HOURS   September 19, 2017 to March 1, 2018

LOCATION    CAF Atrium Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Participating design teams

The exhibition is curated by Martin Felsen of UrbanLab.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture



Bailey Edward

bKL Architecture

Booth Hansen


Cordogan, Clark & Associates

Dirk Denison Architects

eastlake studio

Eckenhoff Saunders Architects



Farr Associates

Forum Studio

Future Firm


Ghafari Associates

Goettsch Partners

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

HBRA Architects


Holabird & Root


Legat Architects

Lothan Van Hook Destefano Architecture

Metter|Studio / Morris Architects, Planners

Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects

Pappageorge Haymes Partners

Perkins + Will Global

RADA Architects

Searl Lamaster Howe Architects

Site Design Group

SmithGroup JJR


Solomon Cordwell Buenz


Space Architects + Planners


STL Architects

Terry Guen Design Associates

Thornton Tomasetti

Tom Brock Architect


Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

Vinci Hamp Architects

Vladimir Radutny Architects

von Weise Associates

Weese Langley Weese

Wight & Company, Lohan Studio

Woodhouse Tinucci Architects

Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects