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CAF is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Our mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) was founded in 1966 to save the historic Glessner House. Since then, CAF has grown to become one of the largest cultural organizations in Chicago. For more than 50 years, our 450 volunteer docents and our educators have shared the stories of Chicago architecture with millions of Chicagoans and visitors. In 2016, CAF served more than 670,000 people.

Visit CAF at 224 S. Michigan Ave. to view our 1,000-building scale model of Chicago, shop in our award-winning store, or participate in a fun family event in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio. Or choose from 85 tours by boat, walking, bus, or even L train. Tours depart daily and are led by CAF's expert docents. Every October, check out CAF's free annual Open House Chicago festival.

Proceeds from CAF’s tours and store, as well as grants, sponsorships and donations, support our educational mission.

Our Mission

The Chicago Architecture Foundation inspires people to discover why design matters.

Our Vision

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is the leading organization devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation. As Chicago’s forum for the exchange of ideas on urban design, CAF inspires people to participate in the building of vibrant communities and to demand the highest standard in urban design. CAF awakens young people to achieve their potential through the discovery of architecture, engineering and design.