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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

Chicago Riverwalk Talks

Join us on the Riverwalk as we discuss "The River and Its Architecture—Work, Live and Play." Learn how the use of the River and its buildings have changed and why this new playscape is an exciting addition to Chicago. The talks are free and open to…

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Free
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Riverwalk "Cove" area (area between the Dearborn and Clark bridges) on Tuesdays, and Riverwalk "Theater" area (between the Clark and LaSalle bridges) on Fridays

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Free
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Riverwalk "Cove" area (area between the Dearborn and Clark bridges) on Tuesdays, and Riverwalk "Theater" area (between the Clark and LaSalle bridges) on Fridays

Design Dialogues: Tick Tick Boom

How will the coming explosion of retiring Baby Boomers affect Chicago?

Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members
Date
September 8, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members
Date
September 8, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Architecture 101: WWII-Present (Series Pass)

CAF's Chicago Architecture 101 is back by popular demand! Take an exciting journey through the city's post-World War II design; 1940s to present. Each session is led by a different prominent architectural expert. This course traces Chicago's modernist…

Price
$125 non-members, $100 CAF members
Date
September 14, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$125 non-members, $100 CAF members
Date
September 14, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

CAFamily Studio: Inventors Unite!

Join us in the studio on Saturday, September 19, and engineer something cool! Invent anything with LittleBits, easy to use electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets. Great for students 7—12 years old.

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

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

Saturday Studio: Universal Design

The September 26, 2015 CAF Teen Academy Saturday Studio challenges teens from across Chicago to design for people with differing abilities. Teens will learn about universal design in an experimental learning experience as they step into the shoes of others…

Price
Free
Date
September 26, 2015
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
September 26, 2015
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Architecture Is Art... Is Architecture Art? Atelier Bow-Wow

In partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Architecture Foundation presents global designers pushing the boundaries between architecture and art.

Price
$10 non-members, $8 CAF members
Date
October 4, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
MCA Theater, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

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Price
$10 non-members, $8 CAF members
Date
October 4, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
MCA Theater, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London

Partner Event—The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London

Price
$40 non-members, $30 CAF members
Date
October 7, 2015
Time
6:30 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$40 non-members, $30 CAF members
Date
October 7, 2015
Time
6:30 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Design Dialogues: Zoned in on Industry

Where will you work in Chicago?

Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members
Date
October 13, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members
Date
October 13, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for…

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Free
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More than 150 sites across the city

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Free
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More than 150 sites across the city

Open House Chicago Family Festival

Kids and families are invited to celebrate Open House Chicago 2015, a free architecture festival on October 17-18, inside the historic Railway Exchange Building and select OHC sites!

Price
FREE
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave., and select OHC sites

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FREE
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave., and select OHC sites

Architecture Is Art... Is Architecture Art? Asymptote

In partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Architecture Foundation presents global designers pushing the boundaries between architecture and art.

Price
$10 non-members, $8 CAF members
Date
October 28, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
MCA Theater 220, E. Chicago Ave.

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Price
$10 non-members, $8 CAF members
Date
October 28, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
MCA Theater 220, E. Chicago Ave.

First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill

Partner Event—First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill

Price
$40 non-members, $30 CAF members
Date
October 30, 2015
Time
6:30 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$40 non-members, $30 CAF members
Date
October 30, 2015
Time
6:30 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Design Dialogues: Changing the Outcomes

School Design Principles for the Next Generation.

Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members
Date
November 10, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members
Date
November 10, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Member Travel Program: Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ

A journey to Scottsdale, Arizona, from November 12-15, brings you to the works of Frank Lloyd Wright. From his first Arizona commission, the Biltmore Hotel, to his masterpiece Taliesin West, you'll gain a more intimate insight to his love of the desert…

Price
$1,550 per member with double occupancy, $1,925 per member with single supplement
Date
November 12, 2015
Time
1:30 pm
Meet
Scottsdale, AZ

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Price
$1,550 per member with double occupancy, $1,925 per member with single supplement
Date
November 12, 2015
Time
1:30 pm
Meet
Scottsdale, AZ