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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. 

Open Studio

Visit the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF on Monday, Thursday, Friday and occasional weekends 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…

Price
Free
Date
January 2, 2017 and 89 other times

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Date
January 2, 2017 and 89 other times

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

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Date
June 24, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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

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Date
June 26, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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

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Date
June 18, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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

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Date
June 15, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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

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Date
June 8, 2017
Time
8:15 am

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

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Date
June 5, 2017
Time
4:00 pm

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

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Date
June 4, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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

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Date
May 24, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Auditorium Building

Theaters have been important in Chicago for many years. The Auditorium Building is more than 125 years old! We'll go on a short walking tour (weather permitting), learn about how function and aesthetic work together, then design our own theaters out of…

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
May 21, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
May 21, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Motawi Tileworks Trunk Show

Join us in the CAF Store from 11am to 3pm for an exclusive event with Motawi Tileworks. You'll enjoy special discounts and a presentation from the company’s founder.

Price
Free
Date
May 21, 2017
Time
11:00 am

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Date
May 21, 2017
Time
11:00 am

Chicago Riverwalk Summer Kick-off Celebration

Come celebrate the start of summer programming along the Riverwalk! We’ll lead a free morning cruise on the river and offer three free walking tours during this day-long event hosted by the city.

Price
Free
Date
May 20, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
May 20, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Current Projects: Redevelopment of Lathrop Homes

Learn about the complex restoration and revitalization work underway at Lathrop Homes, a historic Chicago Housing Authority site located between the Bucktown and Roscoe Village neighborhoods on Chicago’s North Side.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
May 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
May 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Securing Tall: What's the Biggest Threat to a Skyscraper?

Building a skyscraper today also means preparing for possible threats: earthquakes, strong winds, environmental deterioration and terrorist plots, to name a few. Four experts address these critical issues for tall buildings of the future.

Price
$20 public, $12 CAF and CTBUH members
Date
May 18, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
May 18, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Read and Build: Construction Site Shapes

Trucks on a construction site have a lot of jobs! They push and pull, lift and twist, and scoop and pour. We'll trace shapes to create trucks, test out tools and build with blocks. Drop in between 9am and 12pm for readings of "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction…

Price
Free
Date
May 7, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
May 7, 2017
Time
9:00 am