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

LEGO® Build Workshop: Shadow

We all want to build like the pros and now you can every Sunday in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF. Come build with LEGO®, solve a design problem and learn the fundamentals to create your own designs. We’ll spark your imagination with a new theme…

Price
Adults & children- $10, Members- $5
Date
March 29, 2015
Time
11:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Adults & children- $10, Members- $5
Date
March 29, 2015
Time
11:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio: Light and Shadow

Work with great architects, designers, engineers, and mentors from the Chicago area! Our hands-on studio-based workshops offer design challenges and real-life program solving. Come explore the exciting worlds of architecture, engineering and construction…

Price
FREE
Date
March 28, 2015
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
March 28, 2015
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: The Most Magnificent Thing

This studio is all about tinkering! Students will read The Most Magnificent Thing and use studio materials to build their own magnificent thing. Suitable for ages 3-5. Older siblings and friends up to age 7 will also enjoy this studio.

Price
Children of members- FREE, Children- $5
Date
April 1, 2015
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Children of members- FREE, Children- $5
Date
April 1, 2015
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Minsuk Cho at the Art Institute of Chicago

Join us for a lecture by Minsuk Cho, founder of MASS Studies in Seoul. As the Commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition—la Biennale di Venezia, he was awarded the Golden Lion for the Best National Participation…

Price
Free
Date
April 7, 2015
Time
6:30 pm
Meet
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Auditorium, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
April 7, 2015
Time
6:30 pm
Meet
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Auditorium, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

High School Competition Workshop

Working on a project for the Newhouse or Discoverdesign.org Competitions? Come join us at CAF for some one-on-one feedback from professional architect, design and engineering mentors from the Chicago area. Bring your projects or saved project files, or…

Price
FREE
Date
April 8, 2015
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Elizabeth Morse Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
April 8, 2015
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Elizabeth Morse Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Behind the Scenes: Motorola Headquarters

Tour the new Motorola Mobility Headquarters at Merchandise Mart. The Gensler-designed Motorola Mobility space incorporates the latest thinking in technology, workplace wellness and sustainable design. CAF's tour of the 605,000 square-foot space includes…

Price
Adults- $17, Members- $12
Date
April 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, #1800

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Price
Adults- $17, Members- $12
Date
April 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, #1800

LEGO® Build Workshop: Texture

We all want to build like the pros and now you can every Sunday in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF. Come build with LEGO®, solve a design problem and learn the fundamentals to create your own designs. We’ll spark your imagination with a new theme…

Price
Adults & children- $10, Members- $5
Date
April 12, 2015
Time
11:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Adults & children- $10, Members- $5
Date
April 12, 2015
Time
11:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Design Dialogues: Chicago Playscapes

The lessons of Millennium Park still burn bright, as Chicago continues to invest in the creation of new forms of urban recreation space. What do amenities like the ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park and the conversion of the Bloomingdale line into…

Price
Adults- $12, Members- $7, Students— $5 at box office day of event
Date
April 14, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Adults- $12, Members- $7, Students— $5 at box office day of event
Date
April 14, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

40th Annual Gala - Chicago Green + Global: The Design Legacy of Richard M. Daley

The 40th Annual Gala will celebrate Mayor Richard M. Daley's many contributions to the architectural splendor of Chicago. The even will showcase Chicago's finest, including fun and funky food trucks in the Skyline loft and music by Chicago blues siren…

Price
Individual ticket- $500, Tables and sponsorships- $5,000 and up
Date
April 16, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St.

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Price
Individual ticket- $500, Tables and sponsorships- $5,000 and up
Date
April 16, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St.

CAFamily Studio: Bridge Builders

Chicago has more movable bridges than any other city in the world! In this CAFamily Studio, students will learn why Chicago has so many movable bridges and then use studio objects to create their own! This studio is suitable for students age 7—12 and…

Price
Students of members- Free, Students- $5
Date
April 18, 2015
Time
11:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Students of members- Free, Students- $5
Date
April 18, 2015
Time
11:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

CAF Educator Event: Maker Party

We're inviting K—12 educators in all subject matters to come explore why design matters through hands-on activities in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF. We'll enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres while we build with LEGO®, tinker with robots, solve…

Price
FREE
Date
April 24, 2015
Time
4:30 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
April 24, 2015
Time
4:30 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Drinks + Design: Texture

Drinks + Design in the Studio is a monthly, hands-on program for adults (21+). Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and design using LEGO® while enjoying an after-work drink.  

Price
Adults- $20, Members- $15
Date
April 29, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio at CAF, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

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Price
Adults- $20, Members- $15
Date
April 29, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio at CAF, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

Burnham Society Tour: Home of Gordon Gill

Gordon is a trustee of CAF and partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. He uses cutting-edge materials to build the world's tallest skyscrapers, but at home he admires the 6-foot-4-inch, chocolate-brown brick wall that encloses his secret-garden…

Date
May 6, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Home of Gordon Gill in Lincoln Park, Chicago

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Date
May 6, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Home of Gordon Gill in Lincoln Park, Chicago

CAF Scavenger Hunt

Here’s your chance to explore Chicago’s hidden architectural treasures while playing a fun, interactive game with friends! Choose your start time: 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, or 3pm.

Price
Members - $25, Non-Members - $35
Date
May 9, 2015
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Buckingham Fountain Plaza, 301 S Columbus Dr

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Price
Members - $25, Non-Members - $35
Date
May 9, 2015
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Buckingham Fountain Plaza, 301 S Columbus Dr

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…

Price
Free
Duration
16 Hours
Meet
More than 150 sites across the city

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Price
Free
Duration
16 Hours
Meet
More than 150 sites across the city