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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 anytime between 12—5pm Monday – Friday* for a free drop-in session to get a taste of design and interact with our current exhibit. Use your imagination and let LEGO® Inspiration Stations guide your designs.…

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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

Burnham Society Tour: Home of Gordon Gill

Gordon is a trustee of CAF and partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. He uses cutting-edge materials to build the world's tallest skyscrapers, but at home he admires the 6-foot-4-inch, chocolate-brown brick wall that encloses his secret-garden…

Date
May 28, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Home of Gordon Gill in Lincoln Park, Chicago

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Date
May 28, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Home of Gordon Gill in Lincoln Park, Chicago

LEGO® Build Workshop: Asymmetry

We all want to build like the pros and now you can every Sunday in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF. Come build with LEGO®, solve a design problem and learn the fundamentals to create your own designs. We’ll spark your imagination with a new theme…

Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Iggy Peck, Architect

What are you passionate about? This month we will read about Iggy Peck Architect, a young designer passionate about buildings! We'll think like Iggy on a interactive walking tour. Suitable for ages 3—5; older siblings and friends up to age 7 will also…

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF Members
Date
June 3, 2015
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF Members
Date
June 3, 2015
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only: ON YOUR FEET! Reception

Join us for an exclusive members-only presentation and cocktail reception as Richard Jaris, Senior Associate and Scenic Designer at the Rockwell Group, provides insight into the creative design that brings this set of "ON YOUR FEET!" to life. Afterwards…

Price
$145 Loge Level Seats, $165 Orchestra Level Seats
Date
June 5, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St.

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Price
$145 Loge Level Seats, $165 Orchestra Level Seats
Date
June 5, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St.

Design Dialogues: A Connected Riverwalk

With the upcoming completion of the main branch of the Riverwalk, the City's long-held vision for our  "second shoreline" is starting to come into focus. How will the designs for this six-block overhaul transform the former industrial waterway into a…

Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members, $5 students (at box office the day of event)
Date
June 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members, $5 students (at box office the day of event)
Date
June 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Emphasis

Come explore how designers emphasize details to make our built environment more intriguing! You will Build with LEGO®, solve a design problem and learn the fundamentals to create your own designs. We'll spark your imagination with a new theme every month…

Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only Travel Program: Boston

From June 18—21, 2015, visit Boston, one of America's oldest cities that offers a rich cultural history. Along with a significant amount of modern architecture, colonial sites like the Old State House and Trinity Church are among the architectural landmarks…

Price
$1,200 (per member based on double occupancy), $1,680 for single room (includes $480 single supplement)
Date
June 18, 2015
Time
2:00 pm
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Boston, MA

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Price
$1,200 (per member based on double occupancy), $1,680 for single room (includes $480 single supplement)
Date
June 18, 2015
Time
2:00 pm
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Boston, MA

Burnham Society: Virgin Hotel, Private Tour and Reception

The Old Dearborn Bank Building, a 27-story Art Deco landmark, opened last month showcasing the architectural features restored and recreated for this hip hotel. Members of the Burnham Society will be among the first to experience the new rooftop. Burnham…

Date
June 18, 2015
Time
5:30 pm
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Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash Ave.

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Date
June 18, 2015
Time
5:30 pm
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Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash Ave.

Drinks + Design: Emphasis

Drinks + Design in the Studio is a monthly, hands-on program for adults (21+). Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and design using LEGO® while enjoying an after-work drink.  

Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
June 24, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
June 24, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Teen Summer Camp: Get Built

July 13–17, 9am–3pm (5-day camp). Recommended for ages 14–18. Ever wonder what a construction manager does? Or how creative an architect can really be? Come to CAF and explore ACED (Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Design) fields through site…

Price
$450 non-members, $380 CAF members
Date
July 13, 2015
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$450 non-members, $380 CAF members
Date
July 13, 2015
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Design Dialogues: Downtown Hotel Boom

Many long-vacant historic office buildings are benefiting from Chicago’s ambitious tourism goals, as hotel conversions are popping up all over the loop. Will we continue to see more hotels like the Virgin, Hotel 360 at the London Guarantee, and the Chicago…

Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members, $5 students (at box office the day of event)
Date
July 14, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members, $5 students (at box office the day of event)
Date
July 14, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Skyscrapers: Building Through the Curriculum / Educator 2-Day Workshop

This 2-Day Workshop will earn you 15 CPDUs. Hunting for new ways to help your students to better understand the city and its buildings? Searching for practical, innovative, and hands-on classroom activities? Looking for ways to earn CPDUs? The Chicago…

Price
$95 non-members, $85 CAF Members
Date
July 21, 2015
Time
9:00 am
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$95 non-members, $85 CAF Members
Date
July 21, 2015
Time
9:00 am
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Summer Camp: Skylines 101

July 27–31, 9am–3pm (5-day camp). Recommended for ages 7–11. Math, science, language arts, social science and fine arts come together in every building, but stories are what bring buildings to life. In Skylines 101 students will get to know Chicago's…

Price
$390 non-members, $330 CAF members
Date
July 27, 2015
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$390 non-members, $330 CAF members
Date
July 27, 2015
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Summer Camp: Minecraft Builders Unite!

August 3–7, 9am–3pm (5-day camp). Recommended for ages 10–14. In Minecraft: Builders Unite! campers will use Minecraft to explore why design matters. We all have stories to tell—and so do buildings. Minecraft Camp turns campers into digital storytellers…

Price
$450 non-members, $380 CAF members
Date
August 3, 2015
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$450 non-members, $380 CAF members
Date
August 3, 2015
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.