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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

ArcLight Presents... Architecture Afternoons with CAF

CAF has partnered with ArcLight Cinemas Chicago to bring you an exclusive monthly film series that explores how filmmakers use our city and its architecture to tell extraordinary stories. The selected films will be screened and followed by a discussion…

Price
$14.50 public and CAF members
Date
January 22, 2017
Time
2:00 pm
Meet
ArcLight Chicago, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave.

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Price
$14.50 public and CAF members
Date
January 22, 2017
Time
2:00 pm
Meet
ArcLight Chicago, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave.

Daytime Talk: Micro Apartments

Join Susan King from Harley Ellis Devereaux as she discusses Lake Street Studios, the award-winning West Loop residence she designed in 2015, and why she believes micro units are vital to sustaining our city’s social fabric.

Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
January 25, 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
January 25, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Design Dialogues: A Look Inside the Clinton Presidential Center

As Chicago prepares for the Obama Presidential Center, hear from architect Richard Olcott (Ennead Architects) and landscape architect Mary Margaret Jones (Hargreaves Associates). They were key to the vision and design of the Clinton Presidential Center…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
January 26, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
January 26, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio: January

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
January 28, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
January 28, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Gizmos and Gadgets

Are you an inventor? Construct a great invention from odds and ends, test it out and celebrate the flops and failures. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty.

Price
Free
Date
February 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
February 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Current Projects: New Skyscrapers on the Park

Hear about three new towers overlooking Grant Park that will transform the South Loop skyline: 1000M (by JAHN), the Essex Hotel (by Hartshorne Plunkard/Oxford Capital) and 1200 South Indiana Avenue (by Rafael Viñoly Architects).

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
February 9, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
February 9, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Book Club: Nature's Metropolis

Join this two-part book club for a discussion of William Cronon’s trailblazing environmental work. Nature's Metropolis looks at how 19th-century Chicago became a bustling commercial hub due to unique ecological and economic circumstances.

Price
$50 public, $40 CAF members
Date
February 15, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$50 public, $40 CAF members
Date
February 15, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Engineering Fest

On February 18 and 19 from 10am to 3pm, celebrate National Engineers Week with our annual Engineering Fest. In 2017, we will explore Chicago's iconic movable bridges with FREE activities for ages 5–12. Join over 1,500 visitors for a weekend full of…

Price
FREE
Date
February 18, 2017
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
February 18, 2017
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Daytime Talk: Uptown Theatre

Hear about the past and future of the Uptown Theatre, a former movie palace at the corner of Lawrence and Broadway. Designed by Rapp and Rapp, the elaborate Balaban and Katz Uptown Theatre has remained shuttered since 1981.

Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
February 22, 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
February 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only Travel Program: San Diego, California

Join CAF as we explore San Diego's rich architecture from Spanish Colonial and Victorian buildings to Modern masterpieces such as the Salk Institute. The Pacific coast is calling you!

Price
$1,550 per member (based on double occupancy) , $2,045 per member (single occupancy)
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
San Diego, California

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Price
$1,550 per member (based on double occupancy) , $2,045 per member (single occupancy)
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
San Diego, California

Saturday Studio: February

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
February 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
February 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Architecture is Art: Mark Dion and David Rockwell

The lines between art and architecture are further blurred when artist Mark Dion meets up with architect and designer David Rockwell (of Rockwell Group). Presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Price
$10 public, $8 CAF and/or MCA members
Date
February 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Edlis Neeson Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

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Price
$10 public, $8 CAF and/or MCA members
Date
February 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Edlis Neeson Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

Saturday Studio: March

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
March 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
March 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Gala 2017

Save the date for the Chicago Architecture Foundation's (CAF) annual Gala. It will be held Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Morgan MFG. We hope you will join us. Additional information coming soon.

Date
April 6, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Morgan MFG, 401 N. Morgan St.

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Date
April 6, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Morgan MFG, 401 N. Morgan St.

Saturday Studio: April

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

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