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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

Daytime Talk: The Campaign for Sensible Bungalow Alterations

Chicago's classic bungalows are increasingly the target of drastic renovation and expansion. New homebuyers are investing in the bungalow belt, amplifying calls for design guidelines to protect these buildings' historic character.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
May 24, 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
May 24, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Building Science

Think and create like a scientist as we explore the questions, “What are buildings are made of?” and “How do they stand so tall?” Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty.

Price
Free
Date
June 4, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
June 4, 2017
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 CAF's mission, vision and current activities. This presentation will provide insight on the inner workings of CAF and the importance of membership support…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
June 5, 2017
Time
4:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
June 5, 2017
Time
4:00 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Members Only Travel Program: Spring Green, Wisconsin

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday with a visit to some of his masterpieces in Madison and Spring Green, Wisconsin!

Price
$479 per member (based on double occupancy) , $585 per member (single occupancy)
Date
June 8, 2017
Time
8:15 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$479 per member (based on double occupancy) , $585 per member (single occupancy)
Date
June 8, 2017
Time
8:15 am
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Riverwalk Talks

Join us on the Riverwalk as we discuss “The River and Its Architecture – Work, Play and Live”. Learn about the River’s past and plans for the future, the Riverwalk design and why this new playscape is an exciting addition to Chicago.

Price
Free
Meet
Riverwalk "Theater" area (between the Clark and LaSalle Street bridges)

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Price
Free
Meet
Riverwalk "Theater" area (between the Clark and LaSalle Street bridges)

Architect Talk: Weiss/Manfredi and the Magic of Urban Transformation

Celebrated architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi embrace the challenge of turning difficult urban sites into profound public spaces. Come hear how they marry architecture and landscape to create appealing places out of distressed locations.

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

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

LEGO® Build Workshop: Aqua Tower

Inspired by water, Aqua Tower is aptly named. The skyscraper is both sustainable and beautiful, with wave-like balconies and views of the lake. What will your skyscraper be inspired by? Come find out and build your own sustainable tower using LEGO®.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
June 18, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
June 18, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio: June

Join us from 12-3pm in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio to work with architects, designers and professional mentors from the Chicago area. These hands-on studios help develop basic architecture and design skills while solving real-world challenges.

Price
Free
Date
June 24, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
June 24, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Minecraft: Redesign a Park

Visit and study parks in the Loop and learn what it takes to design an outdoor space with the community in mind. Campers age 11 to 14 will meet with architects and designers and redesign an existing park in Minecraft.

Price
$540 public, $427 CAF members
Date
June 26, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$540 public, $427 CAF members
Date
June 26, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Daytime Talk: CPL's New Thomas Hughes Children's Library

Hear about plans to renovate and modernize the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library at Harold Washington Library. Brian Vitale, design director and principal at Gensler, will share his firm’s re-imagination of the 25,000-square-foot space.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
June 28, 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
June 28, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Read and Build: Bridges

Chicago is known for its iconic bridges. Come build a bridge from a variety of wacky supplies, then test how much weight it can hold! Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Twenty-One Elephants” by April Jones Prince.

Price
Free
Date
July 2, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
July 2, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Minecraft: Skyscrapers of Tomorrow

Design and build your own skyscraper city in Minecraft! Students age 7 to 10 are invited to take part in this 3-day camp, which includes short walking tours to visit and study buildings in the Loop.

Price
$360 public, $285 CAF members
Date
July 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$360 public, $285 CAF members
Date
July 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

SustainableXDesign: Design Challenge 2017

CAF has partnered with Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development to host an intensive, 3-week design program for teens in grades 9-12 this summer.

Price
Dependent on application type*
Date
July 16, 2017
Time
8:30 am
Meet
Evanston, Illinois

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Price
Dependent on application type*
Date
July 16, 2017
Time
8:30 am
Meet
Evanston, Illinois

LEGO® Build Workshop: Jay Pritzker Pavilion

The Pavilion's architect, Frank Gehry, created curved and abstract structures inspired by art and music. Join us as we visit the iconic pavilion (weather permitting) and learn about Chicago’s great parks. Back in the studio, use LEGO® to build your…

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
July 16, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
July 16, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Architecture Camp

Children age 7 to 10 will learn about the shapes and structures that keep Chicago’s buildings standing. We'll study examples in the Loop and explore architecture through sketching, model building, storytelling and of course, LEGO®.

Price
$455* public, $360* CAF members
Date
July 17, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$455* public, $360* CAF members
Date
July 17, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.