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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

Read and Build: Animal Homes

Creatures of all shapes and sizes have homes. Come build a home that is just right for your favorite animal! We’ll make a mini-diorama and create an animal out of clay. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for multiple readings of "Home" by Carson…

Price
Free
Date
April 2, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
April 2, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s No Small Plans 2017 Gala

The 2017 Chicago Architecture Foundation Gala, No Small Plans, will take place on Thursday, April 6, at Morgan MFG in the West Loop. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit CAF's education initiatives for Chicago students.

Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 6, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Morgan MFG, 401 N. Morgan St.

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Price
$500 Individual Ticket, $5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Date
April 6, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Morgan MFG, 401 N. Morgan St.

Current Projects: The Changing Face of Fulton Market

Once a landscape of butchers and purveyors, Fulton Market is suddenly Chicago’s hottest district for development. Major undertakings by developer Sterling Bay are bringing new dynamism to the area. Join us to review the design of two key projects.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
April 13, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
April 13, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago's Landscape Legacy with Julia Bachrach

Chicago has a tremendous legacy of landscape design. In this four-part educational series, historian Julia Bachrach leads discussions on the evolution of landscape architecture in Chicago and takes us on a half-day tour to influential sites.

Price
$125 public, $98 CAF members
Date
April 19, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$125 public, $98 CAF members
Date
April 19, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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.

Donor Travel Program: Bentonville, Arkansas

Join CAF for a curated trip to Bentonville, Arkansas. We'll visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (including a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house) and the Thorncrown Chapel. Lodging will be at the trendy 21c Museum Hotel. Travelers may add an…

Price
$1,679 per member (based on double occupancy)*, $2,129 per member (single occupancy)*
Date
April 22, 2017
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
21c Museum Hotel, 200 NE A St, Bentonville, Arkansas, 72712

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Price
$1,679 per member (based on double occupancy)*, $2,129 per member (single occupancy)*
Date
April 22, 2017
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
21c Museum Hotel, 200 NE A St, Bentonville, Arkansas, 72712

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
April 23, 2017
Time
2:00 pm
Meet
ArcLight Chicago, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave.

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Price
$14.50 public and CAF members
Date
April 23, 2017
Time
2:00 pm
Meet
ArcLight Chicago, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave.

Book Signing - "Chicago: Classic Photographs"

The new book "Chicago: Classic Photographs" showcases 100 images of the city taken over the past century by revered photographers. Enjoy a tour through the collection and a book signing with editors Richard Cahan and Michael Williams.

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

Members Only: "Aladdin" Reception

Join us and take in the mystical world of Aladdin! We’ll start with a presentation from a member of the Aladdin production team who will discuss sets, costumes and more. After the presentation, enjoy the Cadillac Palace Suite for a reception before…

Price
$198 CAF Members
Date
April 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.

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Price
$198 CAF Members
Date
April 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.

Design Dialogues: Where We'll Live in 2050

What does urban living look like in the future? Join CAF and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) as we host a discussion with policy and design experts about the way our city and suburbs might change to become more livable in the coming…

Price
$15 public, $10 CMAP members, $7 CAF members
Date
May 4, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $10 CMAP members, $7 CAF members
Date
May 4, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Construction Site Shapes

Trucks on a construction site have a lot of jobs! They push and pull, lift and twist, and scoop and pour. We'll trace shapes to create trucks, test out tools and build with blocks. Drop in between 9am and 12pm for readings of "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction…

Price
Free
Date
May 7, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
May 7, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Current Projects: Redevelopment of Lathrop Homes

Learn about the complex restoration and revitalization work underway at Lathrop Homes, a historic Chicago Housing Authority site located between the Bucktown and Roscoe Village neighborhoods on Chicago’s North Side.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
May 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
May 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Securing Tall: What's the Biggest Threat to a Skyscraper?

Building a skyscraper today also means preparing for possible threats: earthquakes, strong winds, environmental deterioration and terrorist plots, to name a few. Four experts address these critical issues for tall buildings of the future.

Price
$20 public, $12 CAF and CTBUH members
Date
May 18, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, $12 CAF and CTBUH members
Date
May 18, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Auditorium Building

Theaters have been important in Chicago for many years. The Auditorium Building is more than 125 years old! We'll go on a short walking tour, learn about how function and aesthetic work together, then design our own theaters out of LEGO®!

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
May 21, 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
May 21, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Stop the Pop: The Campaign for Sensible Bungalow Alterations

Chicago's classic bungalows are increasingly the target of drastic renovation and expansion. New homebuyers are investing in the bungalow belt, amplifying calls for design guidelines to protect these buildings' historic character.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
May 24, 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
May 24, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.