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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

LEGO® Build Workshop: Willis Tower

Looking up at Chicago’s tallest skyscraper, you might wonder: “How can a building be so tall without falling over?” The Willis Tower is actually made up of nine towers “bundled” together to make it both strong and tall. Join us as we build tall…

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
August 20, 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
August 20, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Bike Talk: Chicago's Cycling Future

Join CAF for an evening of bikes and brews at Revolution Brewing. Local experts will give rapid-fire presentations on Chicago’s bike culture and the state of cycling in our city, followed by an audience Q&A. Beer and a light buffet included!

Price
$35 public, $28 CAF members
Date
August 21, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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Price
$35 public, $28 CAF members
Date
August 21, 2017
Time
6:00 pm
Meet
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Daytime Talk: Renovating the House of Tomorrow

Learn about the history and planned restoration of the House of Tomorrow, a futuristic model home designed for the 1933-34 Century of Progress Exposition.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
August 23, 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
August 23, 2017
Time
12:15 pm
Meet
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday Studio: August

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
August 26, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
August 26, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

LEGO® Build Workshop: Art Institute of Chicago

Columns, arches and acroteria combine to make this building a Chicago icon. Go on a mini-walking tour to learn about the Art Institute (weather permitting), then create your own mini museum with LEGO® and studio materials.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
September 17, 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
September 17, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Donor Travel Program: Japan & Frank Lloyd Wright 150th Birth Year Commemoration

Join CAF on a very special trip to Japan focusing on modern architecture, including two nights as guests to the invitation-only Frank Lloyd Wright 150th Birth Year Celebration and Symposium. In addition to Tokyo, we will be touring Nikko, Nagoya, Kyoto…

Price
$5,650 per member (based on double occupancy)*, $6,950 per member (single occupancy)*
Date
September 27, 2017
Time
7:30 pm
Meet
Hotel New Otani, 1-1, Uchisaiwai-Cho 1-Chome, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 1008558, Japan

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Price
$5,650 per member (based on double occupancy)*, $6,950 per member (single occupancy)*
Date
September 27, 2017
Time
7:30 pm
Meet
Hotel New Otani, 1-1, Uchisaiwai-Cho 1-Chome, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 1008558, Japan

Biennial Teacher Training

Bring the Chicago Architecture Biennial into your classroom this fall! Teachers are invited to attend a free training on Sept. 27 or Oct. 4 to learn more about the Biennial’s themes and how it can support teaching and learning.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 27, 2017
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 27, 2017
Time
5:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

Biennial Teen Studio: October 7

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 7, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 7, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

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
Meet
More than 200 sites across the city

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

Biennial Teen Studio: October 21

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 21, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 21, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

Biennial Teen Studio: October 28

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 28, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 28, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

Biennial Teen Studio: November 4

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 4, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 4, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

Biennial Teen Studio: November 11

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 11, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 11, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

Biennial Teen Studio: November 18

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 18, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
November 18, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

Biennial Teen Studio: December 2

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
December 2, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor

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Price
Free with RSVP
Date
December 2, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, First Floor