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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

Engineering Fest

Celebrate National Engineers Week with our annual Engineering Fest on February 24 and 25. Drop in any time between 10am—3pm to explore Chicago's tallest skyscrapers through FREE activities for ages 5–12. Join more than 1,500 visitors for a weekend…

Price
FREE
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Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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FREE
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Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Educator Open House

We invite K-12 educators in all subject areas to explore why design matters through activities. Come learn about exciting resources and program offerings for you and your students, both here at CAF and in classrooms.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 27, 2018
Time
4:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
February 27, 2018
Time
4:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

"The Chicago 7": Chicago's Most Endangered Buildings List, 2018 Edition

What are Chicago's most endangered buildings? Find out at the unveiling of Preservation Chicago's 16th annual "Chicago 7" list. The list identifies architecturally significant structures that preservationists hope to save from the wrecking ball.

Price
Free with RSVP*
Date
February 28, 2018
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP*
Date
February 28, 2018
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only: Member Appreciation Night

Join us at this exclusive event that's just for you, our members! The evening will include a presentation from CAF President and CEO Lynn Osmond that you won't want to miss.

Price
$5 CAF members
Date
February 28, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 CAF members
Date
February 28, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Teen Open Studio - March 1

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 1, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 1, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Plan A City - March 4

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt Pena. We'll explore what makes a neighborhood special and use mixed-media to create a model community.

Price
Free
Date
March 4, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
March 4, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Plan A City - March 7

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt Pena. We'll explore what makes a neighborhood special and use mixed-media to create a model community.

Price
Free
Date
March 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
March 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Teen Open Studio - March 8

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only: CAF 101 - March, 2018

Join us for an inside look at CAF's mission, vision and current activities. This presentation, geared towards new members, will provide insight on the inner workings of CAF and the importance of membership support.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 13, 2018
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 13, 2018
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Teen Open Studio - March 15

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 15, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 15, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Found City

Explore how cities are designed, from the people on the sidewalks to the buildings reaching tall! In this unique workshop we will think about urban planning, neighborhoods and big cities as we work together to build our own Found City.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
March 18, 2018
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
March 18, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Teen Open Studio - March 22

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 22, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 22, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Daytime Talk: Renovating Mies' McCormick House

The McCormick House is one of only three residences designed and built by Mies van der Rohe in the United States. Moved to the Elmhurst Art Museum in 1994, the home is now undergoing a renovation that will restore much of its original feel.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members with RSVP*
Date
March 28, 2018
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members with RSVP*
Date
March 28, 2018
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Teen Open Studio - April 5

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 5, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 5, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Teen Open Studio - April 12

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 12, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 12, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.