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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 from 12pm to 5pm 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

Back to School Block Party

Celebrate the beginning of the school year with CAF at our block party—featuring actual building blocks! Drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm on the Saturday before Labor Day, bring your family and friends and join us for fun architecture and design…

Price
FREE
Date
September 3, 2016
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
September 3, 2016
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: A Few Blocks

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "A Few Blocks" by Cybele Young. Together we'll learn about architecture through building block activities.

Price
FREE
Date
September 4, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
September 4, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Minecraft Workshop

In this two-day workshop, students ages 11-14 will work with gamers and design professionals to learn team-building skills while they repurpose Chicago buildings inside Minecraft. Our exploration will focus on the ways in which adaptive cities reuse their…

Price
$200 public, $175 CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$200 public, $175 CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Community Conversations: 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards

In this 90-minute talk inspired by CAF’s "50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" exhibition, join Chicago designers and community stakeholders in a conversation about design ideas aimed at strengthening local communities.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 12, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
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Nichols Tower, 906 S. Homan Ave., 14th Floor

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 12, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
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Nichols Tower, 906 S. Homan Ave., 14th Floor

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 the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s mission, vision and future plans. This presentation will provide insight on the inner workings of CAF and the…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 13, 2016
Time
11:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 13, 2016
Time
11:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Architect Talks: Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects

Hear SHoP Architects principal Gregg Pasquarelli talk through his most high profile projects. Founded in New York City in 1996, SHoP Architects has made a name for itself in designing large-scale projects that transform neighborhoods. From Brooklyn’s…

Price
$15 public, $10 CAF members
Date
September 13, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $10 CAF members
Date
September 13, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Marina City Tower

Did you know that the shape of Marina City's towers was inspired by the petals of a sunflower? Natural forms influenced architect Bertrand Goldberg to think about curves during the design process for his "city within a city." Between 12pm to 3pm come…

Price
$20 public, $15 CAF members
Date
September 18, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, $15 CAF members
Date
September 18, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Lifelong Learning: Architecture Studio Basics

With approachable instructors and architecture professionals, we’ll break down the basic studio skill sets that architects utilize every day. It’s the perfect opportunity to prep for your upcoming vacation or to brush up on techniques you learned…

Price
$35 public, single class, $28 CAF members, single class, $150 public, 5-class series*, $120 CAF members, 5-class series*
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$35 public, single class, $28 CAF members, single class, $150 public, 5-class series*, $120 CAF members, 5-class series*
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Educator Open House

We invite K-12 educators in all subject areas to explore why design matters through activities in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio. Come play and learn about exciting resources and program offerings for you and your students, both here at CAF and in classrooms…

Price
FREE
Date
September 22, 2016
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
September 22, 2016
Time
5:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only: Fourth Presbyterian Church and Gratz Center Tour

Join CAF docents and Scott Hurst, Senior Associate at Gensler, for a tour of these two remarkable buildings. Designed by Ralph Adams Cram, America’s leading Gothic Revival architect, the Fourth Presbyterian Church is the second-oldest building north…

Price
$25 for CAF members
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126 E. Chestnut St.

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$25 for CAF members
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126 E. Chestnut St.

Saturday Studio: September

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
September 24, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
September 24, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Behind the Scenes Tour: Logan Square

Go behind the scenes of two of Logan Square’s most exciting recent housing developments. We’ll visit Brininstool + Lynch’s Logan Square L Luxury apartments and Wheeler Kearns’ MiCA towers, for an exclusive tour with the architects and those involved…

Price
$30 public, $20 CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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MiCa, 2733 W. Belden Ave.

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Price
$30 public, $20 CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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MiCa, 2733 W. Belden Ave.

Daytime Talk: Saving Harley Clarke Mansion

Evanston History Center’s Kris Hartzell and and Evanston Plan Commission’s Jack Weiss share the historical significance of the Harley Clarke Mansion, a Tudor-style home designed by Richard Powers and built in 1927. We’ll discuss the current demolition…

Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members
Date
September 28, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members
Date
September 28, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Mobile Photography for Architecture 101

Step up your smartphone photography game just in time for Open House Chicago on October 15-16! From 9:30am to 2:30pm, our seminar puts you in touch with experts in mobile photography who’ll help you take better architecture photos with any smartphone…

Price
$75 public, $60 CAF members
Date
October 1, 2016
Time
9:30 am
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$75 public, $60 CAF members
Date
October 1, 2016
Time
9:30 am
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.