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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: March

Explore social impact design from 12-3pm with guest architect Ashley Rodriguez, associate at Demonica Kemper Architects. We’ll see examples of her work, go on a walking tour in the Loop and use sketching and bubble diagrams to develop our own designs…

Price
Free
Date
March 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
March 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Creative Reuse of Yesterday's Public Buildings

Obsolete public structures can be found in every Chicago neighborhood. Increasingly, however, these spaces are not being demolished. Architects are assisting in their preservation by re-defining the buildings through creative reuse.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
March 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
March 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Harold Washington Library

The beauty is in the details! Harold Washington Library's details reference Chicago's history and buildings. We'll decode the Chicago symbols on an interactive site visit, then make the building come alive as a LEGO® creation in our Design Studio.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
March 19, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
March 19, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Building Tall: How High Can We Go?

Sixty years ago Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned a mile high tower for Chicago. Finally, we have entered the era of the mega-tall skyscraper (2,000+ feet). How high can buildings possibly go? Our expert speakers tackle this and more.

Price
$20 public, $12 CAF and CTBUH members
Date
March 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 16, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Design Dialogues: Whose Lakefront is it Anyway?

The Public Trust Doctrine introduced Chicagoans to the notion of an open, public lakefront. While many agree with the doctrine, the past century has been filled with battles over the land. Our panel discusses our lakefront’s past and future.

Price
$15 public, $7 CAF members
Date
March 14, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
March 14, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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
March 8, 2017
Time
10:00 am

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Date
March 8, 2017
Time
10:00 am

Read and Build: Build Strong

What makes a building strong? Touch materials like steel and concrete, then design your own house to keep out the big bad wolf! Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm for readings of "The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale" by Steven Guarnaccia.

Price
Free
Date
March 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
March 5, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Architecture is Art: Mark Dion and David Rockwell

The lines between art and architecture are further blurred when artist Mark Dion meets up with architect and designer David Rockwell (of Rockwell Group). Presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Price
$10 public, $8 CAF and/or MCA members
Date
February 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 27, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

Saturday Studio: February

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
February 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
February 25, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Members Only Travel Program: San Diego, California

Join CAF as we explore San Diego's rich architecture from Spanish Colonial and Victorian buildings to Modern masterpieces such as the Salk Institute. The Pacific coast is calling you!

Price
$1,550 per member (based on double occupancy) , $2,045 per member (single occupancy)
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
February 22, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Uptown Theatre

Hear about the past and future of the Uptown Theatre, a movie palace at the corner of Lawrence and Broadway. Designed by Rapp and Rapp, the elaborate Balaban and Katz Uptown Theatre has remained shuttered since 1981.

Price
$5 public, FREE for CAF members*
Date
February 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
February 22, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

Engineering Fest

On February 18 and 19 from 10am to 3pm, celebrate National Engineers Week with our annual Engineering Fest. In 2017, we will explore Chicago's iconic movable bridges with FREE activities for ages 5–12. Join over 1,500 visitors for a weekend full of…

Price
FREE
Date
February 19, 2017 and 1 other time

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Date
February 19, 2017 and 1 other time

Book Club: Nature's Metropolis

Join this two-part book club for a discussion of William Cronon’s trailblazing environmental work. Nature's Metropolis looks at how 19th-century Chicago became a bustling commercial hub due to unique ecological and economic circumstances.

Price
$50 public, $40 CAF members
Date
February 15, 2017
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
February 15, 2017
Time
6:00 pm