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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

LEGO® Build Workshop: Surface

Come explore explore architecture and experiment with making a building's surface! You will 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 every month to drive…

Price
$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.

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

Teen Summer Camp: Get Built

July 13–17, 9am–3pm (5-day camp). Recommended for ages 14–18. Ever wonder what a construction manager does? Or how creative an architect can really be? Come to CAF and explore ACED (Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Design) fields through site…

Price
$450 non-members, $380 CAF members
Date
July 13, 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
July 13, 2015
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

CAFamily: Millennium Park Family Fun Tent

Join The Chicago Architecture Foundation in the park from July 13—19 as we offer engaging, hands-on activities to inspire families to discover why design matters! Learn about architecture and the city through daily activities that encourage looking, drawing…

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Free
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Millennium Park Family Fun Tent, Chase Promenade, 210 E. Randolph St.

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Free
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Millennium Park Family Fun Tent, Chase Promenade, 210 E. Randolph St.

Design Dialogues: Downtown Hotel Boom

Many long-vacant historic office buildings are benefiting from Chicago’s ambitious tourism goals, as hotel conversions are popping up all over the loop. Will we continue to see more hotels like the Virgin, LondonHouse at the London Guarantee, and the…

Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members, $5 students (at box office the day of event)
Date
July 14, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$12 non-members, $7 CAF members, $5 students (at box office the day of event)
Date
July 14, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

CAFamily: Sculpture in the City

Drop-in from 10—2pm in the Millennium Park Family Fun Tent and help us create an enormous, evolving public sculpture designed by kids, for kids! All ages welcome. Great for families!

Price
Free
Date
July 18, 2015
Time
10:00 am
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Millennium Park Family Fun Tent

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Free
Date
July 18, 2015
Time
10:00 am
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Millennium Park Family Fun Tent

Saturday Studio: Surface

Come explore architecture and experiment with making a building's surface! This event is free and open to all teens.

Price
Free
Date
July 25, 2015
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
July 25, 2015
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Summer Camp: Skylines 101

July 27–31, 9am–3pm (5-day camp). Recommended for ages 7–11. Math, science, language arts, social science and fine arts come together in every building, but stories are what bring buildings to life. In Skylines 101 students will get to know Chicago's…

Price
$390 non-members, $330 CAF members
Date
July 27, 2015
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$390 non-members, $330 CAF members
Date
July 27, 2015
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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…

Price
$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
Meet
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.