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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

Saturday Studio: Floor by Floor

This Saturday Studio will be led by Oak Park Station lead Evan Watson from FitzGerald Associates Architects. With the architect, students will make decisions, learn about what needs to go inside a building, and build out a design, floor by floor.

Price
FREE
Date
July 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
July 23, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Summer Camp: Catwalk Playlist

Design isn't just about architecture—it's a part of the fashion and music worlds, too! Campers ages 11-14 will explore how fashion, music and architecture share ideas and change throughout the decades. We'll tour the Loop, meet design professionals…

Price
$450 public, $380 CAF members
Date
July 25, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$450 public, $380 CAF members
Date
July 25, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Summer Camp: Minecraft: Build a City

What does a city need to be green and great? Campers ages 11-14 will explore solutions in the Loop and build the answers in Minecraft.

Price
$600 non-members, $510 CAF members
Date
August 1, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMital Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$600 non-members, $510 CAF members
Date
August 1, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMital Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only Travel Program: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Join us for an exclusive four-day, three-night experience featuring Pittsburgh's architectural treasures. Along the way, you’ll find out why "The New Yorker" magazine said, "If Pittsburgh were situated somewhere in the heart of Europe, tourists would…

Price
$1,200 per member (based on double occupancy) , $1,500 per member (single occupancy)
Date
August 4, 2016
Time
3:00 pm
Meet
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Price
$1,200 per member (based on double occupancy) , $1,500 per member (single occupancy)
Date
August 4, 2016
Time
3:00 pm
Meet
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Read and Build: Last Stop on Market Street

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt Pena. At each of our activity stations, we'll explore what makes a neighborhood special and paint with patterns to create a mixed-media community…

Price
FREE
Date
August 7, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
August 7, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Summer Camp: Minecraft: Skyscrapers of Tomorrow

Campers ages 7-11 will explore buildings in the Loop and design skyscrapers of the future. Campers will move between the physical and digital worlds as they build in Minecraft, LEGO® and other studio materials. CAF will provide Minecraft server and…

Price
$600 non-members, $510 CAF members
Date
August 8, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$600 non-members, $510 CAF members
Date
August 8, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser: Party Like It’s 1966!

Join the Chicago Architecture Foundation Auxiliary Board for the annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting CAF’s Taliesin Scholars. We're continuing CAF's 50th Anniversary celebrations with cocktails, small bites, raffle prizes and on-board entertainment…

Price
$125 per ticket, $625 for 6 tickets (buy 5, get 1 free) , $1,260 for 12 tickets (buy 10, get 2 free)
Date
August 9, 2016
Time
6:45 pm
Meet
Chicago's First Lady dock, located at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Dr.

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Price
$125 per ticket, $625 for 6 tickets (buy 5, get 1 free) , $1,260 for 12 tickets (buy 10, get 2 free)
Date
August 9, 2016
Time
6:45 pm
Meet
Chicago's First Lady dock, located at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Dr.

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 for a visit to Maggie Daley Park and collaborate as a group to design your own LEGO® park in our ArcelorMittal Design…

Price
$20 public, $15 CAF members
Date
August 21, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, $15 CAF members
Date
August 21, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio: Interior Design

This Saturday Studio will be led by Oak Park Station lead Evan Watson from FitzGerald Associates Architects. Alongside the architect, students will learn what it takes to make a building beautiful. Conceptualizing everything from doorknobs to draperies…

Price
FREE
Date
August 27, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
August 27, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: A Few Blocks

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "A Few Blocks" by Cybele Young. Together we'll learn about architecture through building block activities.

Price
FREE
Date
September 4, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
September 4, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only: CAF 101

Whether you’re a brand new CAF member or have been a member for years, join us for an inside look at the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s mission, vision and future plans. This presentation will provide insight on the inner workings of CAF and the…

Price
FREE
Date
September 13, 2016
Time
11:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
September 13, 2016
Time
11:00 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

CAF Scavenger Hunt

CAF’s popular Scavenger Hunt returns in Fall 2016. This year, in honor of CAF’s 50th anniversary, we’ll be adding a few twists! The Scavenger Hunt will again feature clues spread throughout Chicago, and you’ll have four weeks (October 11 through…

Price
FREE
Date
October 11, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
October 11, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival on October 15 and 16, 2016, that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse…

Price
Free
Date
October 15, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
More than 200 sites across the city

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Price
Free
Date
October 15, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Meet
More than 200 sites across the city

Donor Travel Program: Mexico City

On this seven-day journey through Mexico City, you’ll marvel at the pyramids of Teotihuacan and explore the new architecture of the city. The trip includes a journey to the Palacio des Bellas Artes to admire the Tiffany stage curtain and take in a folk…

Price
$2,325 per donor (based on double occupancy) , $2,850 per donor (single occupancy)
Date
November 13, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Camino Real Polanco Mexico City

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Price
$2,325 per donor (based on double occupancy) , $2,850 per donor (single occupancy)
Date
November 13, 2016
Time
6:00 pm
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Camino Real Polanco Mexico City

CAF Donor Reception: "Hamilton" - Thursday, October 20

Join CAF at the PrivateBank Theatre as we continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2016! We’ll begin with an intimate cocktail reception featuring a special guest speaker from the production of "Hamilton," followed immediately by a performance…

Price
$500 for CAF donor-level members*
Date
October 20, 2016
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Private Bank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.

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Price
$500 for CAF donor-level members*
Date
October 20, 2016
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
Private Bank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.