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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 for a free drop-in session to get a taste of design and interact with our current exhibit. The Design Studio is a busy space, so don’t forget to call in advance or check dates below for today’s Open Studio…

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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

Winter Fun Festival

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but we’re having lots of fun at CAF! Drop in any time between 10am and 2pm for a special winter celebration full of hands-on activities and, of course, some hot chocolate with marshmallows. We'll design and build…

Price
Free
Date
December 17, 2016
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
December 17, 2016
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

LEGO® Build Workshop: The Railway Exchange Building

Why do buildings look the way they do? Architectural design is influenced by technology, materials and the city itself. Explore the Railway Exchange Building to learn why it looks the way it does, then recreate it using LEGO®.

Price
$12 public, FREE for CAF members
Date
December 18, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$12 public, FREE for CAF members
Date
December 18, 2016
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

ArcLight Presents...Architecture Afternoons with CAF

CAF has partnered with ArcLight Cinemas Chicago to bring you an exclusive monthly film series that explores how filmmakers use our city and its architecture to tell extraordinary stories. The selected films will be screened and followed by a discussion…

Price
$14.50 public and CAF members
Date
January 22, 2017
Time
2:00 pm
Meet
ArcLight Chicago, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave.

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Price
$14.50 public and CAF members
Date
January 22, 2017
Time
2:00 pm
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ArcLight Chicago, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave.

Daytime Talk: Micro Apartments

Join Susan King from Harley Ellis Devereaux as she discusses Lake Street Studios, the award-winning West Loop residence she designed in 2015, and why she believes micro units are vital to sustaining our city’s social fabric.

Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
January 25, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
January 25, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Design Dialogues: A Look Inside the Clinton Presidential Center

As Chicago prepares for the Obama Presidential Center, hear from architect Richard Olcott (Ennead Architects) and landscape architect Mary Margaret Jones (Hargreaves Associates). They were key to the vision and design of the Clinton Presidential Center…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
January 26, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
January 26, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Current Projects: New Skyscrapers on the Park

Hear about three new towers overlooking Grant Park that will transform the South Loop skyline: 1000M (by JAHN), the Essex Hotel (by Hartshorne Plunkard/Oxford Capital) and 1200 South Indiana Avenue (by Rafael Viñoly Architects).

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
February 9, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
February 9, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Engineering Fest

It’s time again to celebrate National Engineers Week with our annual Engineering Fest on February 18 and 19. In 2017, we will focus on the concept of bridges. Chicago is known for its many types of bridges, including ones that move! We will be welcoming…

Price
FREE
Date
February 18, 2017
Time
10:00 am
Meet
Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
FREE
Date
February 18, 2017
Time
10:00 am
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Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Daytime Talk: Uptown Theatre

Hear about the past and future of the Uptown Theatre, a former movie palace at the corner of Lawrence and Broadway. Designed by Rapp and Rapp, the elaborate Balaban and Katz Uptown Theatre has remained shuttered since 1981.

Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only Travel Program: San Diego, California

Join CAF as we explore San Diego's rich architecture from Spanish Colonial and Victorian buildings to Modern masterpieces such as the Salk Institute. The Pacific coast is calling you!

Price
$1,550 per member (based on double occupancy) , $2,045 per member (single occupancy)
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
San Diego, California

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Price
$1,550 per member (based on double occupancy) , $2,045 per member (single occupancy)
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
1:00 pm
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San Diego, California

Members Only: "Aladdin" Reception

Join us and take in the mystical world of Aladdin! We’ll start with a presentation from a member of the Aladdin production team who will discuss sets, costumes and more. After the presentation, enjoy the Cadillac Palace Suite for a reception before…

Price
$198 CAF Members
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Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.

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$198 CAF Members
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Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival on October 14 and 15, 2017, 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 14, 2017
Time
9:00 am
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More than 200 sites across the city

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Price
Free
Date
October 14, 2017
Time
9:00 am
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More than 200 sites across the city

CAF Member Reception: “Hamilton” - Wednesday, December 28

Join CAF on December 28 or 29 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…

Price
$500 for CAF members
Date
December 28, 2016
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.

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Price
$500 for CAF members
Date
December 28, 2016
Time
5:30 pm
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PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.

CAF Member Reception: “Hamilton” - Thursday, December 29

Join CAF on December 28 or 29 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…

Price
$500 for CAF members
Date
December 29, 2016
Time
5:30 pm
Meet
PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.

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Price
$500 for CAF members
Date
December 29, 2016
Time
5:30 pm
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PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.

Book Club: Nature's Metropolis

Join this two-part book club for a discussion of William Cronon’s trailblazing environmental work. Nature's Metropolis looks at how 19th-century Chicago became a bustling commercial hub due to unique ecological and economic circumstances.

Price
$50 public, $40 CAF members
Date
February 15, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$50 public, $40 CAF members
Date
February 15, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.