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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 anytime between 12—5pm Monday – Friday* for a free drop-in session to get a taste of design and interact with our current exhibit. Use your imagination and let LEGO® Inspiration Stations guide your designs.…

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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

Chicago Riverwalk Talks

Join us on the Riverwalk as we discuss "The River and Its Architecture—Work, Live and Play." Learn how the use of the River and its buildings have changed and why this new playscape is an exciting addition to Chicago. The talks are free and open to…

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Free
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Riverwalk "Cove" area (area between the Dearborn and Clark bridges) on Tuesdays, and Riverwalk "Theater" area (between the Clark and LaSalle bridges) on Fridays

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Free
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Riverwalk "Cove" area (area between the Dearborn and Clark bridges) on Tuesdays, and Riverwalk "Theater" area (between the Clark and LaSalle bridges) on Fridays

LEGO® Build Workshop: Universal Design

Join us every Sunday in August for LEGO® Build Workshops to explore universal design with LEGO®! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 impacted the built environment by emphasizing the need for creating habitable and accessible space for…

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$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$10 non-members, $5 CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Summer Camp: Minecraft Builders Unite!

August 3–7, 9am–3pm (5-day camp). Recommended for ages 10–14. In Minecraft: Builders Unite! campers will use Minecraft to explore why design matters. We all have stories to tell—and so do buildings. Minecraft Camp turns campers into digital storytellers…

Price
$450 non-members, $380 CAF members
Date
August 3, 2015
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$450 non-members, $380 CAF members
Date
August 3, 2015
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale

We’ll read about the three little pigs, use mixed-media studio materials to decorate paper houses, and discover which material is too strong for the big bad wolf! Suitable for ages 3—5; older siblings and friends up to age 7 will also enjoy this studio…

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
August 5, 2015
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
August 5, 2015
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: A Speakeasy Soirée

Join the Chicago Architecture Foundation Auxiliary Board for the annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting CAF’s Taliesin Scholars. This year’s theme is A Speakeasy Soirée. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, raffle prizes and on-board entertainment will be provided…

Price
$125 1 Ticket, $625 6 Tickets (Buy 5 and get 1 free), $1,250 12 Tickets (Buy 10 and get 2 free)
Date
August 11, 2015
Time
5:30 pm
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Aboard Chicago's Leading Lady. Departs from the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

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Price
$125 1 Ticket, $625 6 Tickets (Buy 5 and get 1 free), $1,250 12 Tickets (Buy 10 and get 2 free)
Date
August 11, 2015
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Aboard Chicago's Leading Lady. Departs from the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

CAFamily Studio: Chicago I Spy!

On Saturday, August 15, go on a facilitator-led Scavenger Hunt to find out the secrets and stories of some the city's best buildings! Great for families and students 7—12 years old.

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio: Landscape Design

Let's take the underused spaces in our city and transform them into vibrant parks.

Price
Free
Date
August 22, 2015
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
August 22, 2015
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Summer Camp: Minecraft Studio

August 24–26, 9am–3pm (3-day camp). Recommended for ages 8–11. A camp perfect for students who want to collaborate on a Minecraft challenge and learn about the built environment with peers. Students will participate in tours of the loop, have access to…

Price
$270 non-members, $225 CAF members
Date
August 24, 2015
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$270 non-members, $225 CAF members
Date
August 24, 2015
Time
9:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

We’ll learn about buildings, warm and cool colors, and recreate the nighttime sky using watercolor and collage. Suitable for ages 3—5; older siblings and friends up to age 7 will also enjoy this studio.

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
September 2, 2015
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
September 2, 2015
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

CAFamily Studio: Inventors Unite!

Join us in the studio on Saturday, September 19, and engineer something cool! Invent anything with LittleBits, easy to use electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets. Great for students 7—12 years old.

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio: Universal Design

The September 26, 2015 CAF Teen Academy Saturday Studio challenges teens from across Chicago to design for people with differing abilities. Teens will learn about universal design in an experimental learning experience as they step into the shoes of others…

Price
Free
Date
September 26, 2015
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
September 26, 2015
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Drinks + Design: City Scale

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
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
September 30, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
September 30, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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
Date
October 17, 2015
Time
9:00 am
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More than 150 sites across the city

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Price
Free
Date
October 17, 2015
Time
9:00 am
Meet
More than 150 sites across the city

Drinks + Design: Biennial

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
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
October 28, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 non-members, $15 CAF members
Date
October 28, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.