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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

Guest Lecture: Ancient Prairies and Fragmented Landscapes

The great swath of prairies from Canada to Texas has inspired and guided the photography of Terry Evans for 40 years. During this talk organized by MAS Context, Terry will show photos of ancient prairie, fracking sites and Chicago's environmental pollution…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 24, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 24, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Daytime Talk: The Next Century of Burnham’s Forest Preserves

The Forest Preserves of Cook County's Next Century Conservation Plan lays the groundwork for bringing 30,000 acres—nearly half its total area—back to ecological health and adding 21,000 new acres. Get an update from General Superintendent Arnold Randall…

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members with RSVP*
Date
April 25, 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
April 25, 2018
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Teen Open Studio - April 26

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 26, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 26, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Parks - May 2

Learn about architecture from a builder termite named Roberto. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of Nina Laden's "Roberto, The Insect Architect” and make your own animal habitat.

Price
Free
Date
May 2, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
May 2, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only: CAF 101 - May, 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
May 2, 2018
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
May 2, 2018
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Insider Look: Mies, Modernism & 111 E. Wacker

This summer, CAF is moving to 111 E. Wacker, a striking Modernist building designed by The Office of Mies van der Rohe. Learn more about Mies and the history of our new building from local architect Paul Steinbrecher.

Price
$15 public, $12 CAF members
Date
May 3, 2018
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $12 CAF members
Date
May 3, 2018
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Teen Open Studio - May 3

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
May 3, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
May 3, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Parks - May 6

Learn about architecture from a builder termite named Roberto. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of Nina Laden's "Roberto, The Insect Architect” and make your own animal habitat.

Price
Free
Date
May 6, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
May 6, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Teen Open Studio - May 10

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
May 10, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
May 10, 2018
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Maggie Daley Park

Chicago, the “City in a Garden,” has more than 8,000 acres of green space! Have you ever been to one of Chicago's parks? Join us from 12pm to 3pm to visit Maggie Daley Park and collaborate as a group to design your own LEGO® park.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
May 20, 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
May 20, 2018
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Current Projects: New Buildings by John Ronan

With award-winning projects like the Poetry Foundation and the Gary Comer Youth Center, John Ronan Architects has made a significant impact on Chicago. Get an update on the firm’s latest work from founder John Ronan at this exclusive event.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
May 22, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
May 22, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Daytime Talk: "What's With Chicago?" Book Signing

Learn the quirks of the Windy City! CAF docent and “What’s With Chicago?” author Ellen Shubart will discuss her new book at this daytime talk.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members
Date
May 23, 2018
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 23, 2018
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only: Tour Wrigleyville's New Hotel Zachary

This exclusive, members-only tour will take you through the recently opened Hotel Zachary in Wrigleyville, named for Wrigley Field architect Zachary Taylor Davis.

Price
$50 CAF members
Date
May 24, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Hotel Zachary, 3630 N. Clark St.

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Price
$50 CAF members
Date
May 24, 2018
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Hotel Zachary, 3630 N. Clark St.

What to Expect at the Chicago Architecture Center

Are you wondering what will be inside the new Chicago Architecture Center? Members of CAF’s leadership team will unveil big plans for the Center and share details about the new exhibitions and visitor experiences.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members with RSVP*
Date
June 13, 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
June 13, 2018
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

SustainableXDesign

CAF has partnered with Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development to host an intensive, 3-week design program for teens in grades 9-12 this summer.

Price
Dependent on application type*
Date
July 22, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Downtown Chicago

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Price
Dependent on application type*
Date
July 22, 2018
Time
9:00 am
Meet
Downtown Chicago