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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

Open Studio

Visit the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF for a free drop-in session to get a taste of design and interact with our current exhibit. The Design Studio is a busy space, so don’t forget to call in advance for today’s Open Studio hours.

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Free
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

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Free
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

Teen Open Studio

Chicago Public School students who are interested in participating in the competition are invited to work on Newhouse projects on Thursdays 5—7pm, February 11 through May 12 (excluding April 21) in CAF's ArcelorMittal Design Studio. Design professionals…

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FREE
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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FREE
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

LEGO® Mindstorms 1.0

Nothing planned for your kids' day off from school? No problem. Let them play and discover with CAF's LEGO® Mindstorms 1.0! From 10am to 3:30pm, your kids can learn to program and design for LEGO® Mindstorms, the robotics construction kits that give…

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$35 non-members, $25 CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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$35 non-members, $25 CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Educator Institute: Open House

We're inviting K-12 educators in all subject matter areas to explore why design matters, through hands-on activities in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF. Come play and learn about exciting resources and program offerings for you and your students…

Price
FREE
Date
February 19, 2016
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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FREE
Date
February 19, 2016
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Three Types of Bridges

Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, but it's also known for its innovative bridges. In this LEGO® Build Workshop, we'll learn about three different types of bridges and how engineers built them strong enough to span the Chicago River. We'll also…

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
February 21, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
February 21, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Engineering Fest

Join CAF for 2016’s Engineering Fest, our celebration of National Engineers Week. Drop in on February 27 and 28, between 10am and 3pm, for a free weekend full of family-friendly engineering explorations. For this year's Construction theme, we'll build…

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FREE
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Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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FREE
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Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Home

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for a morning of making and storytelling, with multiple readings of "Home" by Carson Ellis. Together we'll learn about different types of homes, then design and build your own dream home using studio materials.

Price
FREE
Date
March 6, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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FREE
Date
March 6, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Architecture is Art: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

In partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Architecture Foundation presents global designers pushing the boundaries between architecture and art.

Price
$10 non-members, $8 CAF members
Date
March 10, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
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MCA Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

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Price
$10 non-members, $8 CAF members
Date
March 10, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
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MCA Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

LEGO® Build Workshop: The Chicago Bungalow

Does your family live in a Chicago bungalow? There are more than 80,000 in the city! All ages are welcome to join us from 12 to 3pm to find out what makes bungalows so unique and build our own using both LEGO® and studio materials.

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
March 20, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
March 20, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio - March

Teens ages 13—18 will explore a new theme each month and work with great architects, designers, engineers and mentors from the Chicago area! In our ArcelorMittal Design Studio, we'll offer hands-on, studio-based workshops, fun design challenges and…

Price
FREE
Date
March 26, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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FREE
Date
March 26, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Roberto the Insect Architect

This month we'll learn about animal architecture from an insect builder, a termite named Roberto. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to make your take-home birdhouse and enjoy multiple readings of Nina Laden's "Roberto, The Insect Architect."

Price
FREE
Date
April 3, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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FREE
Date
April 3, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Architecture Foundation's 50th Anniversary Gala

For 50 years, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has welcomed the world to our great city and enriched Chicago's reputation as a foremost center of architectural innovation across the globe. On Friday, April 8, CAF will host Gala 2016 at the Hilton…

Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 8, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
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Chicago Hilton International Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 8, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
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Chicago Hilton International Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio - April

Teens ages 13—18 will explore a new theme each month and work with great architects, designers, engineers and mentors from the Chicago area! In our ArcelorMittal Design Studio, we'll offer hands-on, studio-based workshops, fun design challenges and…

Price
FREE
Date
April 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
April 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Minecraft: Build the Loop

For eight weeks, students ages 11—14 will learn about a new building in the Loop and work in teams to recreate it in Minecraft. Students will tour Loop buildings, work with gamers and design professionals, learn team-building skills and practice building…

Price
$435 non-members, $360 CAF members
Date
April 30, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$435 non-members, $360 CAF members
Date
April 30, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Educator Institute: Design Thinking in the Classroom

Every day architects, designers and scientists use design thinking to identify problems and develop new solutions. In this two-day workshop, learn how to use your school building, neighborhood, and city as authentic, real-world design challenges for Project…

Price
$100 for non-members and CAF members
Date
April 30, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$100 for non-members and CAF members
Date
April 30, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.