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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

Saturday Studio - May

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
May 28, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
May 28, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Dreaming Up, A Celebration of Building

Let's celebrate buildings from around the world using studio materials, a variety of building blocks and our imaginations. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building" by Christy Hale.

Price
FREE
Date
June 5, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
June 5, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Artist Talk at LUMA’s “Community Uprooted: Eminent Domain in the U.S.”

Join Chicago photographer Richard Wasserman at Loyola University Museum of Art for a look at his “Community Uprooted” exhibition, which explores the impact of eminent domain on the lives of Americans across the U.S.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
June 7, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Simpson Hall, Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 N. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
June 7, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Simpson Hall, Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 N. Michigan Ave.

Members Only Exhibition Viewing: 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards

Join us between 4 and 5:30pm for an exclusive look at CAF’s newest exhibition, “50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards” featuring guidance from curator and UrbanLab co-founder Martin Felsen and Matt Messner of AtelierME+MR. CAF’s ambitious new exhibition…

Price
FREE
Date
June 7, 2016
Time
4:00 pm
Meet
CAF Atrium Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave

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Price
FREE
Date
June 7, 2016
Time
4:00 pm
Meet
CAF Atrium Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave

Design Dialogues: 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards

To create its new exhibition, CAF recently paired 50 local architects and designers with each of Chicago’s 50 wards. Their mission? To identify one speculative design intervention aimed at improving livability in a given ward.

Price
$15 non-members, $9 CAF members
Date
June 7, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 non-members, $9 CAF members
Date
June 7, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Current Projects: Lathrop Homes Redevelopment

The latest installment in our Current Projects series focuses on the complex restoration and revitalization work underway at Lathrop Homes, a CHA site located between the Lincoln Park and North Center neighborhoods on Chicago’s north side. Lathrop Homes…

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
June 21, 2016
Time
7:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
June 21, 2016
Time
7:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only: "100 Things to Do in Chicago" Discussion and Book Signing

Soaring skyscrapers, deep-dish pizza and improv comedy may be what the city is best known for, but they are only the beginning of Chicago's story. Join author and Chicago Architecture Foundation docent Molly Page as she discusses her new book "100 Things…

Price
$30 CAF members
Date
June 22, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$30 CAF members
Date
June 22, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio - June

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
June 25, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
June 25, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Summer Camp: Skyline Explorers

Have you ever looked at a skyscraper and wondered, "How did they do that?" Campers ages 7-11 will get to know the stories behind the skyline in this five-day camp. We'll explore buildings in the Loop, hosted by architects and designers, then write and…

Price
$435 non-members, $360 CAF members
Date
June 27, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$435 non-members, $360 CAF members
Date
June 27, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site" by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Together we'll learn about the tools and trucks on a construction site and decorate our own take-home hard hats.

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

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

Educator Institute: Chicago Skyscrapers: Building Through the Curriculum

This workshop will explore the technology, design, and people behind the city's tall buildings and connect directly to your STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) curriculum.

Price
$100 for non-members and CAF members
Date
July 12, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$100 for non-members and CAF members
Date
July 12, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Summer Camp: Passport to Architecture

We'll explore architecture from a bird's eye view as we follow the journey of Speck the Pigeon, in a globe-hopping tour of the world's most iconic buildings. Alongside Speck, students ages 7-11 will become passionate architecture explorers through walking…

Price
$435 non-members, $360 CAF members
Date
July 18, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$435 non-members, $360 CAF members
Date
July 18, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Summer Camp: Catwalk Playlist

Design isn't just about architecture—it's a part of the fashion and music worlds, too! Campers ages 11-14 will explore how fashion, music and architecture share ideas and change throughout the decades. We'll tour the Loop, meet design professionals…

Price
$450 non-members, $380 CAF members
Date
July 25, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$450 non-members, $380 CAF members
Date
July 25, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only: Lake Cruise and Fireworks

Our members-only cruise is your chance to take in the city's architecture from a different perspective—on Lake Michigan. Join CAF for an exclusive architecture cruise highlighting Chicago's magnificent skyline, the Lake Michigan shoreline and the river…

Price
$78 CAF members
Date
July 20, 2016
Time
7:30 pm
Meet
Chicago's First Lady Riverside Gardens Dock, southeast corner of the Michigan Ave. bridge (Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr.)

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Price
$78 CAF members
Date
July 20, 2016
Time
7:30 pm
Meet
Chicago's First Lady Riverside Gardens Dock, southeast corner of the Michigan Ave. bridge (Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr.)

Summer Camp: Minecraft: Build a City

What does a city need to be green and great? Campers ages 11-14 will explore solutions in the Loop and build the answers in Minecraft.

Price
$600 non-members, $510 CAF members
Date
August 1, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMital Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$600 non-members, $510 CAF members
Date
August 1, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMital Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.