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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

ArcLight Presents... Architecture Afternoons with CAF

CAF has partnered with ArcLight Cinemas Chicago to bring you an exclusive monthly film series that explores how filmmakers use our city and its architecture to tell extraordinary stories. The selected films will be screened and followed by a discussion…

Price
$14.50 public and CAF members
Date
February 19, 2017
Time
2:00 pm
Meet
ArcLight Chicago, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave.

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Price
$14.50 public and CAF members
Date
February 19, 2017
Time
2:00 pm
Meet
ArcLight Chicago, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave.

Daytime Talk: Uptown Theatre

Hear about the past and future of the Uptown Theatre, a movie palace at the corner of Lawrence and Broadway. Designed by Rapp and Rapp, the elaborate Balaban and Katz Uptown Theatre has remained shuttered since 1981.

Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only Travel Program: San Diego, California

Join CAF as we explore San Diego's rich architecture from Spanish Colonial and Victorian buildings to Modern masterpieces such as the Salk Institute. The Pacific coast is calling you!

Price
$1,550 per member (based on double occupancy) , $2,045 per member (single occupancy)
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
San Diego, California

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Price
$1,550 per member (based on double occupancy) , $2,045 per member (single occupancy)
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
San Diego, California

Saturday Studio: February

Join us from 12-3pm in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio to work with architects, designers and professional mentors from the Chicago area. These hands-on studios help develop basic architecture and design skills while solving real-world challenges.

Price
Free
Date
February 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
February 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Architecture is Art: Mark Dion and David Rockwell

The lines between art and architecture are further blurred when artist Mark Dion meets up with architect and designer David Rockwell (of Rockwell Group). Presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Price
$10 public, $8 CAF and/or MCA members
Date
February 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Edlis Neeson Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

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Price
$10 public, $8 CAF and/or MCA members
Date
February 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Edlis Neeson Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

Press Conference: "The Chicago 7", Chicago's Most Endangered Buildings List

What are Chicago's most endangered buildings? Find out at the unveiling of Preservation Chicago's 15th annual "Chicago 7" list. The list identifies architecturally significant structures that preservationists hope to save from the wrecking ball.

Price
Free
Date
March 1, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
March 1, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Build Strong

What makes a building strong? Touch materials like steel and concrete, then design your own house to keep out the big bad wolf! Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for readings of "The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale" by Steven Guarnaccia.

Price
Free
Date
March 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
March 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only: CAF 101

Whether you’re a brand new CAF member or have been a member for years, join us for an inside look at CAF's mission, vision and current activities. This presentation will provide insight on the inner workings of CAF and the importance of membership support…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 8, 2017
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 8, 2017
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Building Tall: How High Can We Go?

Sixty years ago Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned a mile high tower for Chicago. Finally, we have entered the era of the mega-tall skyscraper (2,000+ feet). How high can buildings possibly go? Our expert speakers tackle this and more.

Price
$20 public, $12 CAF and CTBUH members
Date
March 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, $12 CAF and CTBUH members
Date
March 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Harold Washington Library

The beauty is in the details! Harold Washington Library's details reference Chicago's history and buildings. We'll decode the Chicago symbols on an interactive site visit, then make the building come alive as a LEGO® creation in our Design Studio.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
March 19, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
March 19, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio: March

Join us from 12-3pm in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio to work with architects, designers and professional mentors from the Chicago area. These hands-on studios help develop basic architecture and design skills while solving real-world challenges.

Price
Free
Date
March 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
March 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Animal Homes

Creatures of all shapes and sizes have homes. Come build a home that is just right for your favorite animal! We’ll make a mini-diorama and create an animal out of clay. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for multiple readings of "Home" by Carson…

Price
Free
Date
April 2, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
April 2, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s No Small Plans 2017 Gala

The 2017 Chicago Architecture Foundation Gala, No Small Plans, will take place on Thursday, April 6, at Morgan MFG in the West Loop. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit CAF's education initiatives for Chicago students.

Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 6, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Morgan MFG, 401 N. Morgan St.

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Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 6, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Morgan MFG, 401 N. Morgan St.

Saturday Studio: April

Join us from 12-3pm in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio to work with architects, designers and professional mentors from the Chicago area. These hands-on studios help develop basic architecture and design skills while solving real-world challenges.

Price
Free
Date
April 22, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
April 22, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Donor Travel Program: Bentonville, Arkansas

Join CAF for a curated trip to Bentonville, Arkansas. We'll visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (including a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house) and the Thorncrown Chapel. Lodging will be at the trendy 21c Museum Hotel. Travelers may add an…

Price
$1,679 per member (based on double occupancy)*, $2,129 per member (single occupancy)*
Date
April 22, 2017
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
21c Museum Hotel, 200 NE A St, Bentonville, Arkansas, 72712

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Price
$1,679 per member (based on double occupancy)*, $2,129 per member (single occupancy)*
Date
April 22, 2017
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
21c Museum Hotel, 200 NE A St, Bentonville, Arkansas, 72712