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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 from 12—5pm 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…

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Teen Open Studio - April 12

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 12, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
April 12, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Design Dialogues: Lakeshore East at 15

Architect Adrian Smith filed the Lakeshore East master plan in 2002. Fifteen years later, it’s worth pausing to look back at how this wholly new neighborhood has evolved. Join Adrian and others with deep ties to Lakeshore East as they reflect on its…

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
April 12, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 12, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Harold Washington Library

The beauty is in the details! We’ll visit Harold Washington Library to examine its details and decode symbols that reference Chicago’s history. Then, we’ll make the building come alive as a LEGO® creation in our Design Studio.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
April 15, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
April 15, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

Architect Talk: Making Old Cities New with WilkinsonEyre

What can Chicago learn from adaptive reuse projects in other parts of the world? Hear Dominc Bettison, director of London-based WilkinsonEyre, explain how his firm has ingeniously reinvented neglected spaces in aging cities.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
April 17, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 17, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - April 19

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 19, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
April 19, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - April 5

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 5, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
April 5, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Renovating Mies' McCormick House

The McCormick House is one of only three residences designed and built by Mies van der Rohe in the United States. Moved to the Elmhurst Art Museum in 1994, the home is now undergoing a renovation that will restore much of its original feel.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members with RSVP*
Date
March 28, 2018
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
March 28, 2018
Time
12:15 pm

Teen Open Studio - March 22

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 22, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
March 22, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Found City

Explore how cities are designed, from the people on the sidewalks to the buildings reaching tall! In this unique workshop we will think about urban planning, neighborhoods and big cities as we work together to build our own Found City.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
March 18, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
March 18, 2018
Time
12:00 pm

Teen Open Studio - March 15

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 15, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
March 15, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Members Only: CAF 101 - March, 2018

Join us for an inside look at CAF's mission, vision and current activities. This presentation, geared towards new members, will provide insight on the inner workings of CAF and the importance of membership support.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 13, 2018
Time
10:00 am

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Date
March 13, 2018
Time
10:00 am

Teen Open Studio - March 8

Are you a CPS student looking for some feedback and guidance on your project for the 2018 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition? Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio on Thursdays from 5—7pm, Feb. 1 through May 10 (closed Feb. 15 & March 29)…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
March 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
March 8, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Read and Build: Plan A City - March 7

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt Pena. We'll explore what makes a neighborhood special and use mixed-media to create a model community.

Price
Free
Date
March 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
March 7, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Read and Build: Plan A City - March 4

Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt Pena. We'll explore what makes a neighborhood special and use mixed-media to create a model community.

Price
Free
Date
March 4, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
March 4, 2018
Time
9:00 am