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At Chicago Architecture Foundation, our programs and events help you think differently about the places we live, work and play. Get behind-the-scenes access to the city's architectural treasures. Practice your design skills while you play with your family. Participate in expert-led discussions about the latest urban design issues. With these offerings and so many more to choose from, we guarantee there’s something inspiring and fun for you at CAF. 

Recommended Programs

No Small Plans Professional Development Workshop

This training, on July 26 and 27, will familiarize participating educators with themes and issues within the graphic novel, and explain how they can use the graphic novel to support teaching and learning in the classroom.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
July 26, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
July 26, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Living with Water: Designing for Wetter Weather and Cleaner Rivers

Water is key to a thriving Chicago. Join us for a panel discussion to hear diverse perspectives on how good design can help us better co-exist with water in the future.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
July 26, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
MPC office, 140 S. Dearborn St, Suite 1400*

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
July 26, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
MPC office, 140 S. Dearborn St, Suite 1400*

SustainableXDesign

CAF has partnered with Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development to host an intensive, 3-week design program for teens in grades 9-12 this summer.

Price
Dependent on application type*
Date
July 22, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Downtown Chicago

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Price
Dependent on application type*
Date
July 22, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Downtown Chicago

Hip Hop Architecture Camp

Hip Hop Architecture Camp is a one-week intensive experience that challenges youth of underserved populations to explore the cultural implications of architecture in the built environment through the lens of hip hop culture.

Price
Free*
Date
August 6, 2018
Time
9:30 am
Meet
111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free*
Date
August 6, 2018
Time
9:30 am
Meet
111 E. Wacker Dr.

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Rodeo on the River

Get your Western wear ready and join the CAF Auxiliary Board on their annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting CAF’s Teen Academy programs! Guests will enjoy a sunset cruise with world-class architecture, cocktails, delicious small bites and on-board…

Price
$125 per ticket, $1,000 and up for sponsorships
Date
August 7, 2018
Time
6:45 pm
Meet
Aboard Chicago’s Classic Lady, 112 E. Wacker Dr, SE corner of Michigan Ave Bridge and Wacker Dr.

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Price
$125 per ticket, $1,000 and up for sponsorships
Date
August 7, 2018
Time
6:45 pm
Meet
Aboard Chicago’s Classic Lady, 112 E. Wacker Dr, SE corner of Michigan Ave Bridge and Wacker Dr.

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival on October 13 and 14, 2018, that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse…

Price
Free
Date
October 13, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
More than 200 sites across the city

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Price
Free
Date
October 13, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
More than 200 sites across the city

Chicago Riverwalk Talks

Join us on the Riverwalk as we discuss “The River and Its Architecture – Work, Play and Live”. Learn about the River’s past and plans for the future, the Riverwalk design and why this new playscape is an exciting addition to Chicago.

Price
Free
Meet
Vietnam Memorial between State and Wabash

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Price
Free
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Vietnam Memorial between State and Wabash