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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 from 12pm to 5pm for a free drop-in session to get a taste of design and interact with our current exhibit. The Design Studio is a busy space, so don’t forget to call in advance for today’s Open Studio hours…

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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

Daytime Talk: Saving Harley Clarke Mansion

Evanston History Center’s Kris Hartzell and and Evanston Plan Commission’s Jack Weiss share the historical significance of the Harley Clarke Mansion, a Tudor-style home designed by Richard Powers and built in 1927. We’ll discuss the current demolition…

Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
September 28, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
September 28, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Lifelong Learning: Architecture Studio Basics

With approachable instructors and architecture professionals, we’ll break down the basic studio skill sets that architects utilize every day. It’s the perfect opportunity to prep for your upcoming vacation or to brush up on techniques you learned…

Price
$35 public, single class, $28 CAF members, single class, $150 public, 5-class series*, $120 CAF members, 5-class series*
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$35 public, single class, $28 CAF members, single class, $150 public, 5-class series*, $120 CAF members, 5-class series*
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Mobile Photography for Architecture 101

Step up your smartphone photography game just in time for Open House Chicago on October 15-16! From 9:30am to 2:30pm, our seminar puts you in touch with experts in mobile photography who’ll help you take better architecture photos with any smartphone…

Price
$75 public, $60 CAF members
Date
October 1, 2016
Time
9:30 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$75 public, $60 CAF members
Date
October 1, 2016
Time
9:30 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: The Most Magnificent Thing

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "The Most Magnificent Thing" by Ashley Spires. Come tinker with fun studio materials to create an invention for your favorite pet or pal!

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 2, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 2, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Current Projects: Big Plans on Campus

A flurry of new buildings and restorations has come to Chicago’s university campuses. Hear from designers who are completing or have completed projects recently at Northwestern University and University of Chicago: Bruce Kuwabara (KPMB Architects, Toronto)…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
October 6, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
October 6, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Minecraft Workshop

From 9:00am to 3:30pm on October 8 and 9, students ages 11-14 will work with gamers and design professionals to learn team-building skills while they repurpose Chicago buildings inside Minecraft. Our exploration will focus on the ways in which adaptive…

Price
$200 public, $175 CAF members
Date
October 8, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$200 public, $175 CAF members
Date
October 8, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

CAF Scavenger Hunt

CAF’s popular Scavenger Hunt returns in Fall 2016. This year, in honor of CAF’s 50th anniversary, we’ll be adding a few twists! The Scavenger Hunt will again feature clues spread throughout Chicago, and you’ll have four weeks (October 11 through…

Price
FREE
Date
October 11, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
October 11, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival on October 15 and 16, 2016, 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 15, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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More than 200 sites across the city

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Price
Free
Date
October 15, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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More than 200 sites across the city

Open House Chicago Family Festival

Kids and families are invited to celebrate Open House Chicago 2016, a free architecture festival on October 15—16, inside the historic Railway Exchange Building!

Price
FREE
Date
October 15, 2016
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.,

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Price
FREE
Date
October 15, 2016
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.,

Community Conversations: 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards - October

In this 90-minute talk inspired by CAF’s "50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" exhibition, join Chicago designers and community stakeholders in a conversation about design ideas aimed at strengthening local communities.

Price
FREE with RSVP
Date
October 17, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Nichols Tower, 906 S. Homan Ave., 14th Floor

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Price
FREE with RSVP
Date
October 17, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
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Nichols Tower, 906 S. Homan Ave., 14th Floor

Educator Institute: Movable Bridges

Chicago has more movable bridges than any other city in the world! The city’s 52 movable bridges—43 of them still operable—serve as an encyclopedia of the five main types of movable bridges. In this two-day workshop, come explore the history and…

Price
$100 for educators
Date
October 22, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$100 for educators
Date
October 22, 2016
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio: October

This Saturday Studio will be led by Charles Arko from Solomon Cordwell Buenz.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 22, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 22, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Speculative City: A Live Recording of Newcity's Urbanism Podcast

Newcity and the Chicago Architecture Foundation present a live recording of “A Lot You Got to Holler,” the Newcity podcast about architecture, urbanism and design.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 25, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 25, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Daytime Talk: Update on Navy Pier's Centennial Vision

Hear from Navy Pier President & CEO Marilynn Gardner as she reflects on the renovation of one of Chicago’s most popular tourist destinations, as well as the Pier’s plans for engaging the community with its reimagined spaces. Join us for a look at…

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
October 26, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
October 26, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.