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Dan O’Connell 
Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Press Releases

Wintrust named OHC presenting sponsor
Supporting OHC in 2018, 2019 and 2020

Chicago Architecture Center to open August 31
CAF’s new home at 111 E. Wacker with exciting new interactive exhibits

BP student design competition winners announced
Six winners in Architecture and Graphic Design categories

"Between States" exhibit launches at CAF
Leads eight programs for fall 2017

CAF announces 2017 Open House Chicago neighborhood and sites
Logan Square / Avondale neighborhood joins one of world’s largest architecture festivals

CAF announces creation of new Chicago Architecture Center
Expanded space near Michigan Avenue and East Wacker Drive will open in summer 2018

New "Between States" exhibit coming to CAF in conjunction with Chicago Architecture Biennial
50 Chicago-based design teams propose ways to transform underperforming sites in Chicago into rejuvenated civic anchors

CAF publishes "No Small Plans" graphic novel
Centerpiece of “Meet Your City” civic engagement initiative

CAF publishes "A View from the River"
Companion to CAF River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

CAF hosts Weiss/Manfredi in June
Architects’ lecture leads CAF’s seven summer events

CAF and Chicago Architecture Biennial expand education partnership to Chicago’s neighborhoods
Initiative to reach 15,000 young Chicagoans, doubling the number from 2015

CAF welcomes new members to Board of Trustees
Eight civic leaders join Board of Trustees as CAF enters 51st year

CAF honors modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley with exhibition
Photographic retrospective of works by one of the most influential 20th century landscape architects

CAF hosts nine events in April and May
Photography exhibition, film showing, book signing among varied offerings

Chicago Architecture Foundation launches citywide, civic education initiative
New graphic novel, No Small Plans, unveiled as centerpiece of signature program

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises embarks on 24th season beginning Saturday, April 1, 2017
World-renowned docent-led Chicago river cruise announces 2017 schedule departing from Michigan Avenue on the Chicago Riverwalk

Citywide civic education initiative to be launched at Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 42nd annual gala
New graphic novel to be unveiled as centerpiece of signature program

Chicago bridges to headline annual engineering festival
CAF joins a national coalition of organizations to promote positive pathways to careers in engineering

CAF awarded Art Works Grant for Open House Chicago
National Endowment of the Arts recognizes event for excellence in public engagement

National DiscoverDesign Competition yields three top winners
Chicago Architecture Foundation competition draws nearly 250 entries nationwide

ArcLight Cinemas + Chicago Architecture Foundation: ArcLight Presents…Architecture Afternoons with CAF
New film series explores how filmmakers use Chicago and its architecture to tell stories

Open House Chicago soars to 100,000 participants, breaking attendance records
Chicago Architecture Foundation’s citywide architecture festival generates highest turn-out to-date

Citywide Architecture Scavenger Hunt
50 clues on 50 Chicago CTA bus shelters engages people in free architecture discovery game

Chicago Architecture Foundation unveils the new
Redesigned website provides a digital space for designers of all levels to educate, mentor and interact

Open House Chicago offers a look inside Chicago’s most iconic and little-known spaces during a FREE two-day event
Chicago Architecture Foundation’s sixth annual architecture festival opens 20 neighborhoods and more than 200 sites, October 15 & 16

“50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards” exhibition celebrates transformative ideas for building a better Chicago as imagined by local artists, designers and architects
Chicago Architecture Foundation and UrbanLab assemble local designers to develop an exhibition of concepts that improve and rebuild the city, ward-by-ward

Chicago Architecture Foundation presents 50th birthday bash, Saturday, April 16
CAF opens the Railway Exchange Building to offer daylong free activities for people of all ages in celebration of its 50th anniversary

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s special 50th Anniversary Gala honors Bob Wislow and Sterling Bay
Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala at the Hilton Chicago celebrates real estate visionaries for their dedication and design contributions to the city

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises opens 2016 season on Saturday, April 2
The award winning architectural cruise embarks on another highly anticipated season showcasing the city’s world-renowned design

Chicago Architecture Foundation celebrates the creativity of engineering and construction
Learn first-hand about some of the industry’s most innovative structural achievements through tours, workshops and demonstrations for kids and families

Winners of the Chicago student BP Design Competition announced
Winning submissions of a local ideas competition for CPS students to be announced at the Chicago Cultural Center on December 15

Divvy merchandise now available exclusively at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Store
CAF partners with popular bike-sharing system to design and introduce unique new product line

Local and independent designers featured at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Store
CAF offers new collections of unique products for appreciators of architecture and design

Open House Chicago offers a look inside Chicago’s most iconic and little-known spaces during a FREE two-day event
Chicago Architecture Foundation’s fifth annual architecture festival opens in 20 neighborhoods and at 200 sites, Oct. 17 & 18

Chicago Architecture selected as signature partner for inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial
CAF’s renowned programs, exhibitions and events will engage visitors of all ages

Must-hear Chicago brings a unique architecture tour experience to visually impaired guests
Special tour designed by the Chicago Architecture Foundation recognizes the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Chicago Architecture Foundation sponsors CHI DESIGN ideas competition
Open-call ideas competition for a Center for Architecture, Design and Education (CADE)

2015 National High School Architecture Competition winners announced
First, second and third prize winners awarded for creative concepts on community public spaces

Architecture and design expert Reed Kroloff joins Chicago Architecture Foundation
Kroloff works with organization as Senior Advisor for Programs and Industry Collaboration

CAF to update world’s largest model of Chicago with 16 new buildings using 3D printing techniques
Columbian Model & Exhibit Works designs structures for the Chicago Model to reflect the city’s new architecture

Fourth annual Open House Chicago breaks attendance and economic impact records
CAF’s citywide architecture festival generates highest turn-out and economic impact to-date

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s weekend festival honors National Engineers Week
February 21—22, visit CAF for free family events and activities that explore the fascinating world of engineering

Chicago Architecture Foundation launches Skyline Stories
Watch, listen and read about the architecture that defined Chicago, and the designers who changed the shape of the city

Open House Chicago offers look inside Chicago’s best-known and little-known spaces during a FREE two-day event
Chicago Architecture Foundation’s fourth annual event opens 18 neighborhoods and more than 150 sites, Oct. 18 & 19

Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art present an evening dialogue with Elizabeth Diller
Renowned architect Elizabeth Diller and Reed Kroloff discuss the creative processes of art, architecture and design

The 32nd annual Newhouse Architecture & Design Competition recognizes the design achievements of high school CPS students
Participants win internships and apprenticeships with design firms around the country

2014 National High School Architecture Competition winners announced
First, second and third prize winners are awarded for creative concepts to redesign their high school athletic pavilions

Chicago Women in Architecture launch exhibition for 40th anniversary
The Chicago Architecture Foundation hosts exhibition honoring the accomplishments of CWA design professionals

Chicago Architecture Scavenger Hunt
Venture through the Loop with friends in this fun architectural discovery game

“Chicago: City of Big Data” exhibition explores the digital age of urban design
The May 8 launch of Chicago Architecture Foundation’s exhibition connects people to the data they generate and its influence on the built environment

Go behind the scenes of the historic private Columbia Yacht Club on Lake Michigan
Tour the classic MV Abegweit “Abby” ferry for Chicago Architecture Foundation’s next behind-the-scenes event

Carol Ross Barney, Studio Gang Architects, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and others create LEGO® masterpieces to be auctioned
LEGO® and acclaimed Chicago architects and designers partner with Chicago Architecture Foundation in support of the 39th Annual Gala

Tour Chicago for National Architecture Week
CAF’s tours recognize the nation’s most celebrated designers of the built environment

Join CAF for an exclusive tour of the historic Auditorium Theatre
The new Behind-the-Scenes program offers an all-access pass to this Chicago landmark

Drinks + Design at ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF
CAF invites guests to enjoy an evening of cocktails and LEGO®

Chicago Architecture Foundation celebrates National Engineers Week, February 16 - 22
A week-long series of tours, workshops and demonstrations recognizes the industry’s most innovative structural achievements

Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) selected as American Architectural Foundation’s 2014 Keystone Laureate
CAF to be Honored at AAF’s 25th Annual Accent on Architecture Gala in Washington, D.C.

New exhibition calls for a bold vision of the “Great Basin”
Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin exhibition open through February 3, 2014

Open House Chicago offers look inside Chicago’s best-known and little-known spaces during free 2-day event
CAF’s third annual event opens 15 neighborhoods and over 150 sites, Oct. 19 & 20

Three cutting-edge designs selected as winners of Bus Rapid Transit Station Design Competition
Global ideas competition included entries from 42 firm and 14 countries

10 finalists announced in second annual national high school architecture competition
Winner to be announced June 11, wins architectural trip to Chicago

CAF celebrates National Engineers Week during the month of February
FREE programming includes lectures, family programs, teen design studio