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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

Chicago Riverwalk Talks

Join us on the Riverwalk as we discuss “The River and Its Architecture – Work, Play and Live”. Learn about the River’s past and plans for the future, the Riverwalk design and why this new playscape is an exciting addition to Chicago.

Price
Free
Meet
Riverwalk "Theater" area (between the Clark and LaSalle Street bridges)

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Price
Free
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Riverwalk "Theater" area (between the Clark and LaSalle Street bridges)

Saturday Studio: July

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
July 22, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Luau on the River

Join the CAF Auxiliary Board on their annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting CAF’s Teen Academy. Guests will enjoy a sunset cruise with world-class architecture, cocktails, delicious small bites and on-board entertainment. This year’s theme is "Luau…

Price
$125 per ticket, $1,000 and up for sponsorships
Date
July 25, 2017
Time
6:45 pm
Meet
Chicago's First Lady dock, located at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Dr.

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Price
$125 per ticket, $1,000 and up for sponsorships
Date
July 25, 2017
Time
6:45 pm
Meet
Chicago's First Lady dock, located at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Dr.

Daytime Talk: Dan Kiley's South Garden

Join us for a special walking tour of the Art Institute of Chicago’s South Garden. CAF has arranged this tour to coincide with our new exhibit, The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
July 26, 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
July 26, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Seminar: Smartphone Photography 101

Step up your smartphone photography game during this walk-and-shoot seminar in the heart of the city! Local author, CAF docent and avid Instagrammer Molly Page will help you take better architecture photos with any smartphone.

Price
$35 public, $28 CAF members
Date
July 29, 2017
Time
9:30 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$35 public, $28 CAF members
Date
July 29, 2017
Time
9:30 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Bug Houses

Join us for a grass-hopping good time as we draw, cut and paint our very own bug houses, created for and inspired by insects. Drop-in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Roberto the Insect Architect” by Nina Laden.

Price
Free
Date
August 6, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
August 6, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Girls Build! Parks and Playgrounds

Girls ages 11 to 14 are invited to learn about landscape architecture and design during this 5-day camp. They will explore parks and playgrounds near the Loop and design their own public park or backyard in our studio.

Price
$435 public, $345 CAF members
Date
August 7, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$435 public, $345 CAF members
Date
August 7, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Millennium Park Family Fun Tent

Join CAF at Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival from Aug. 14-20. We’ll offer engaging, hands-on activities to inspire families to discover why design matters! Learn about architecture and the city through activities that encourage looking, drawing…

Price
FREE
Meet
Millennium Park Family Fun Tent, Chase Promenade North, 210 E. Randolph St.

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Price
FREE
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Millennium Park Family Fun Tent, Chase Promenade North, 210 E. Randolph St.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Willis Tower

Looking up at Chicago’s tallest skyscraper, you might wonder: “How can a building be so tall without falling over?” The Willis Tower is actually made up of nine towers “bundled” together to make it both strong and tall. Join us as we build tall…

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
August 20, 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
August 20, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Bike Talk: Chicago's Cycling Future

Join CAF for an evening of bikes and brews at Revolution Brewing. Local experts will give rapid-fire presentations on Chicago’s bike culture and the state of cycling in our city, followed by an audience Q&A. Beer and a light buffet included!

Price
$35 public, $28 CAF members
Date
August 21, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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Price
$35 public, $28 CAF members
Date
August 21, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Daytime Talk: Renovating the House of Tomorrow

Learn about the history and planned restoration of the House of Tomorrow, a futuristic model home designed for the 1933-34 Century of Progress Exposition.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
August 23, 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
August 23, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Behind-the-Scenes: The House of Tomorrow

Travel with CAF on August 26 to Beverly Shores, Indiana for an exclusive tour of the legendary House of Tomorrow. See the major restoration underway and visit a neighboring World's Fair model home. We will depart CAF by coach at 9am and return at 5pm…

Price
$68 public, $60 CAF members
Date
August 26, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Learn More Sold Out

Price
$68 public, $60 CAF members
Date
August 26, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio: August

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
August 26, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
August 26, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only Travel Program: Columbus, Indiana

CAF invites you to discover the many architectural treasures of Columbus, Indiana—home to more than 75 buildings designed by internationally celebrated architects. Join us Sept. 7-9 on an exploration of works by I.M. Pei, Eliel Saarinen, Harry Weese…

Price
$800 per member (based on double occupancy) , $950 per member (single occupancy)
Date
September 7, 2017
Time
6:45 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$800 per member (based on double occupancy) , $950 per member (single occupancy)
Date
September 7, 2017
Time
6:45 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ 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
September 12, 2017
Time
1:30 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 12, 2017
Time
1:30 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.