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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 12pm-5pm Wednesday through 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…

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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

Drinks + Design: Texture

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
April 29, 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
April 29, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Asymmetry

We all want to build like the pros and now you can every Sunday in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF. Come 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…

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

Read and Build: What Do You Do With an Idea?

This studio is all about thinking and bringing ideas to life! Students will read What Do You Do With an Idea? and use studio materials to design a poster for their best idea. Suitable for ages 3—5; older siblings and friends up to age 7 will also enjoy…

Price
$5 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Date
May 6, 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
May 6, 2015
Time
10:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Burnham Society Tour: Home of Gordon Gill

Gordon is a trustee of CAF and partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. He uses cutting-edge materials to build the world's tallest skyscrapers, but at home he admires the 6-foot-4-inch, chocolate-brown brick wall that encloses his secret-garden…

Date
May 6, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Home of Gordon Gill in Lincoln Park, Chicago

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Date
May 6, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Home of Gordon Gill in Lincoln Park, Chicago

Palladianism, Four Centuries of Style

The year 2015 marks the 300th anniversary of the publication of the first English translations of Andrea Palladio's I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura [The Four Books of Architecture]. Charles Hind, Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings at the…

Price
$35 non-members, $25 CAF members*
Date
May 8, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$35 non-members, $25 CAF members*
Date
May 8, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

CAF Scavenger Hunt

Here’s your chance to explore Chicago’s hidden architectural treasures while playing a fun, interactive game with friends! Choose your start time: 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, or 3pm.

Price
Members - $25, Non-Members - $35
Date
May 9, 2015
Time
1:00 pm
Meet
Buckingham Fountain Plaza, 301 S Columbus Dr

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Price
Members - $25, Non-Members - $35
Date
May 9, 2015
Time
1:00 pm
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Buckingham Fountain Plaza, 301 S Columbus Dr

CAF Family Scavenger Hunt

The CAF Family Scavenger Hunt is a one hour, non-competitive activity for kids under 10 and their families. Arrive at Buckingham Fountain to start your hunt anytime between 1 and 5pm to discover and explore fun architectural details in a walkable area…

Price
$10 non-members, FREE* for CAF members
Date
May 9, 2015
Time
1:00 pm
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Buckingham Fountain Plaza, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

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Price
$10 non-members, FREE* for CAF members
Date
May 9, 2015
Time
1:00 pm
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Buckingham Fountain Plaza, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

Design Dialogues: Chicago's Recession Story

How do we understand the impact of the recession on Chicago’s architecture? Join us as we uncover lesser known unbuilt projects, revisit headline grabbing failures (think: the Spire and the Old Post Office), and celebrate successful preservation and adaptive…

Price
Adults- $12, Members- $7, Students— $5 at box office day of event
Date
May 12, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Adults- $12, Members- $7, Students— $5 at box office day of event
Date
May 12, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

CAFamily Studio: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Window

Combine math and art for exciting results! Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio and recreate Frank Lloyd Wright's famous stained and leaded glass windows. Great for students 7—12 years old.

Price
FREE for CAF Members, $5 non-members
Date
May 16, 2015
Time
11:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF

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Price
FREE for CAF Members, $5 non-members
Date
May 16, 2015
Time
11:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF

LEGO® Mindstorms 1.0

What to do on a Saturday? No problem! From 10am—3:30pm your kids can learn how to program LEGO® Mindstorm Robots! LEGO® Mindstorm is a robotics construction set that gives you the power to create and command your own LEGO® robots. Students will learn…

Price
$35 non-members, $25 CAF members
Date
May 23, 2015
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$35 non-members, $25 CAF members
Date
May 23, 2015
Time
10:00 am
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Drinks + Design: Asymmetry

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
Adults- $20, Members- $15
Date
May 27, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Adults- $20, Members- $15
Date
May 27, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only: ON YOUR FEET! Reception

Join us for an exclusive members-only presentation and cocktail reception as Richard Jaris, Senior Associate and Scenic Designer at the Rockwell Group, provides insight into the creative design that brings this set of "ON YOUR FEET!" to life. Afterwards…

Price
$145 Loge Level Seats, $165 Orchestra Level Seats
Date
June 5, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St.

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Price
$145 Loge Level Seats, $165 Orchestra Level Seats
Date
June 5, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St.

Design Dialogues: A Connected Riverwalk

With the upcoming completion of the main branch of the Riverwalk, the City's long-held vision for our  "second shoreline" is starting to come into focus. How will the designs for this six-block overhaul transform the former industrial waterway into a…

Price
Adults- $12, Members- $7, Students— $5 at box office day of event
Date
June 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Adults- $12, Members- $7, Students— $5 at box office day of event
Date
June 9, 2015
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only Travel Program: Boston

From June 18—21, 2015, visit Boston, one of America's oldest cities that offers a rich cultural history. Along with a significant amount of modern architecture, colonial sites like the Old State House and Trinity Church are among the architectural landmarks…

Price
Member: $1,200 (per member based on double occupancy) Single: $1,680 (includes $480 single supplement)
Date
June 18, 2015
Time
2:00 pm
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Boston, MA

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Price
Member: $1,200 (per member based on double occupancy) Single: $1,680 (includes $480 single supplement)
Date
June 18, 2015
Time
2:00 pm
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Boston, MA