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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

Guest Lecture: Ancient Prairies and Fragmented Landscapes

The great swath of prairies from Canada to Texas has inspired and guided the photography of Terry Evans for 40 years. During this talk organized by MAS Context, Terry will show photos of ancient prairie, fracking sites and Chicago's environmental pollution…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
April 24, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

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Date
April 24, 2018
Time
6:00 pm

Daytime Talk: The Next Century of Burnham’s Forest Preserves

The Forest Preserves of Cook County's Next Century Conservation Plan lays the groundwork for bringing 30,000 acres—nearly half its total area—back to ecological health and adding 21,000 new acres. Get an update from General Superintendent Arnold Randall…

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members with RSVP*
Date
April 25, 2018
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
April 25, 2018
Time
12:15 pm

Teen Open Studio - April 26

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 26, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
April 26, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Read and Build: Parks - May 2

Learn about architecture from a builder termite named Roberto. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of Nina Laden's "Roberto, The Insect Architect” and make your own animal habitat.

Price
Free
Date
May 2, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
May 2, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Members Only: CAF 101 - May, 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
May 2, 2018
Time
5:30 pm

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Date
May 2, 2018
Time
5:30 pm

Insider Look: Mies, Modernism & 111 E. Wacker

This summer, CAF is moving to 111 E. Wacker, a striking Modernist building designed by The Office of Mies van der Rohe. Learn more about Mies and the history of our new building from local architect Paul Steinbrecher.

Price
$15 public, $12 CAF members
Date
May 3, 2018
Time
10:00 am

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Date
May 3, 2018
Time
10:00 am

Teen Open Studio - May 3

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
May 3, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
May 3, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

Read and Build: Parks - May 6

Learn about architecture from a builder termite named Roberto. Drop in any time between 9am and 12pm to enjoy multiple readings of Nina Laden's "Roberto, The Insect Architect” and make your own animal habitat.

Price
Free
Date
May 6, 2018
Time
9:00 am

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Date
May 6, 2018
Time
9:00 am

Teen Open Studio - May 10

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
May 10, 2018
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
May 10, 2018
Time
5:00 pm