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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

Architect Talk: Heatherwick Studio on Making Soulful Places

Driven by the motivation to design soulful and interesting places for a complex world, Heatherwick Studio has many inventive works to its name. Join us for a presentation with architect Mat Cash, Group Leader at the internationally renowned firm.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF/AIA members
Date
May 30, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAF/AIA members
Date
May 30, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Invention - June 3

Think and create like a scientist as we explore the questions, “What are buildings are made of?” and “How do they stand so tall?” Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty.

Price
Free
Date
June 3, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
June 3, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Invention - June 6

Think and create like a scientist as we explore the questions, “What are buildings are made of?” and “How do they stand so tall?” Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty.

Price
Free
Date
June 6, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
June 6, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Living with Water: Designing for Wetter Weather and Cleaner Rivers

Water is key to a thriving Chicago. Join us for a panel discussion to hear diverse perspectives on how good design can help us better co-exist with water in the future.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF member
Date
June 14, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAF member
Date
June 14, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only Screening and Discussion: "10 That Changed America"

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the popular PBS series "10 That Changed America" at the WTTW Chicago studio. Host Geoffrey Baer will share highlights from his whirlwind tour of America's architectural treasures.

Price
$50 CAF members
Date
June 19, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
WTTW, 5400 N. St. Louis Ave.

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Price
$50 CAF members
Date
June 19, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
WTTW, 5400 N. St. Louis Ave.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Armour Institute

Get a rare glimpse inside the Armour Institute, a towering red brick building on the Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the former classroom and administrative spaces with a developer and an architect before the historic…

Price
$25 public, $15 CAF members
Date
July 14, 2018
Time
10:00 am
Meet
3300 S. Federal St.

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Price
$25 public, $15 CAF members
Date
July 14, 2018
Time
10:00 am
Meet
3300 S. Federal St.

SustainableXDesign

CAF has partnered with Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development to host an intensive, 3-week design program for teens in grades 9-12 this summer.

Price
Dependent on application type*
Date
July 22, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Downtown Chicago

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Price
Dependent on application type*
Date
July 22, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Downtown Chicago

Hip Hop Architecture Camp

Hip Hop Architecture Camp is a one-week intensive experience that challenges youth of underserved populations to explore the cultural implications of architecture in the built environment through the lens of hip hop culture.

Price
Free*
Date
August 6, 2018
Time
9:30 am
Meet
111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
Free*
Date
August 6, 2018
Time
9:30 am
Meet
111 E. Wacker Dr.

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Rodeo on the River

Tickets available soon!

Price
$125 per ticket, $1,000 and up for sponsorships
Date
August 7, 2018
Time
6:45 pm
Meet
Aboard Chicago’s Classic Lady, 112 E. Wacker Dr, SE corner of Michigan Ave Bridge and Wacker Dr.

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Price
$125 per ticket, $1,000 and up for sponsorships
Date
August 7, 2018
Time
6:45 pm
Meet
Aboard Chicago’s Classic Lady, 112 E. Wacker Dr, SE corner of Michigan Ave Bridge and Wacker Dr.

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival on October 14 and 15, 2017, that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse…

Price
Free
Date
October 13, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
More than 200 sites across the city

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Price
Free
Date
October 13, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
More than 200 sites across the city

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
Vietnam Memorial between State and Wabash

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Price
Free
Meet
Vietnam Memorial between State and Wabash