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To create its new exhibition, CAF recently paired 50 local architects and designers with each of Chicago’s 50 wards. Their mission? To identify one speculative design intervention aimed at improving livability in a given ward.

$15 non-members
$9 CAF members
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Our panel will examine four exemplary projects and discuss what each of them may say about the state of Chicago today.

The “50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards” exhibition is on display now in the CAF Atrium Gallery at 224 S. Michigan Avenue. You can also explore the online exhibition, which features an interactive map of Chicago’s wards, as well as a detailed look at all 50 design proposals. 


  • Monica Chadha and Carlo Parente (Civic Projects with Carlo Parente)
  • Tom Jacobs (Krueck + Sexton Architects)
  • Matt Nardella (Moss Design)
  • Dan Wheeler (Wheeler Kearns)

AIA credits: 1 LU