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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

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.

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
Free with RSVP
Date
July 16, 2017
Time
8:30 am
Meet
Evanston, Illinois

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Price
Free with RSVP
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.

Members Only: Lake Cruise and Fireworks

Our members-only cruise is your chance to take in the city's architecture from a different perspective—on Lake Michigan. Join CAF for an exclusive architecture cruise highlighting Chicago's magnificent skyline, the Lake Michigan shoreline and the river…

Price
$75 CAF members
Date
July 19, 2017
Time
7:30 pm
Meet
Chicago's First Lady Riverside Gardens Dock, southeast corner of the Michigan Ave. bridge (Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr.)

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Price
$75 CAF members
Date
July 19, 2017
Time
7:30 pm
Meet
Chicago's First Lady Riverside Gardens Dock, southeast corner of the Michigan Ave. bridge (Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr.)

Saturday Studio: July

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
July 22, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
Free
Date
July 22, 2017
Time
12:00 pm
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser 2017

Save the date for the CAF Auxiliary Board's annual river cruise fundraiser benefiting our Teen Fellows. The Teen Fellows class of 2018 is supported by the CAF Auxiliary Board. We'll celebrate with cocktails, small bites, raffle prizes and onboard entertainment…

Price
Pricing details coming soon
Date
July 25, 2017
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
Pricing details coming soon
Date
July 25, 2017
Time
6:45 pm
Meet
Chicago's First Lady dock, located at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Dr.

Girls Build! Parks and Playgrounds

Girls ages 11 to 14 are invited to learn about landscape architecture and design during this 5-day camp. They will explore parks and playgrounds near the Loop and design their own public park or backyard in our studio.

Price
$435 public, $345 CAF members
Date
August 7, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$435 public, $345 CAF members
Date
August 7, 2017
Time
9:00 am
Meet
ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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.

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

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