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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

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
September 12, 2017
Time
1:30 pm

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Date
September 12, 2017
Time
1:30 pm

LEGO® Build Workshop: Art Institute of Chicago

Columns, arches and acroteria combine to make this building a Chicago icon. Go on a mini-walking tour to learn about the Art Institute (weather permitting), then create your own mini museum with LEGO® and studio materials.

Price
$12 public, Free for CAF members
Date
September 17, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

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Date
September 17, 2017
Time
12:00 pm

Daytime Talk: Preview of Open House Chicago

Join CAF for a sneak peek of Open House Chicago (OHC), our free architecture festival. Hear about the significance of new and returning sites and learn what goes into planning this two-day event each year.

Price
$5 public, Free for CAF members*
Date
September 27, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

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Date
September 27, 2017
Time
12:15 pm

Donor Travel Program: Japan & Frank Lloyd Wright 150th Birth Year Commemoration

Join CAF on a very special trip to Japan focusing on modern architecture, including two nights as guests to the invitation-only Frank Lloyd Wright 150th Birth Year Celebration and Symposium. In addition to Tokyo, we will be touring Nikko, Nagoya, Kyoto…

Price
$5,650 per member (based on double occupancy)*, $6,950 per member (single occupancy)*
Date
September 27, 2017
Time
7:30 pm

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Date
September 27, 2017
Time
7:30 pm

Biennial Teacher Training - September 27

Bring the Chicago Architecture Biennial into your classroom this fall! Teachers are invited to attend a free training from 5-7pm to learn more about the Biennial’s themes and how it can support teaching and learning.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
September 27, 2017
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
September 27, 2017
Time
5:00 pm

Read and Build: Home Sweet Home

Homes come in all shapes and sizes. Drop in any time between 9am and noon for multiple readings of “Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House” by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood, then build your own home with unique features. Together, we’ll create…

Price
Free
Date
October 1, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
October 1, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Biennial Teacher Training - October 4

Bring the Chicago Architecture Biennial into your classroom this fall! Teachers are invited to attend a free training from 5-7pm to learn more about the Biennial’s themes and how it can support teaching and learning.

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 4, 2017
Time
5:00 pm

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Date
October 4, 2017
Time
5:00 pm

Biennial Teen Studio: Chicago Cultural Center, October 7

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 7, 2017
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 7, 2017
Time
10:00 am

Biennial Teen Studio: Mana Contemporary

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 7, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

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Date
October 7, 2017
Time
1:00 pm

Biennial Teen Studio: Humboldt Park Library Branch, Oct. 9

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 9, 2017
Time
3:00 pm

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Date
October 9, 2017
Time
3:00 pm

Biennial Teen Studio: Thurgood Marshall Library Branch, Oct. 9

In these 3-hour “master-class” studios, teens will work alongside local architects and designers on a mini-design challenge inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants will learn about the Biennial’s themes then build, sketch, photograph…

Price
Free with RSVP
Date
October 9, 2017
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 9, 2017
Time
10:00 am

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival on October 14 and 15, 2017, that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse…

Price
Free
Date
October 14, 2017
Time
9:00 am

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Date
October 14, 2017
Time
9:00 am

Open House Chicago Family Festival

Kids and families are invited to the Chicago Cultural Center to celebrate Open House Chicago 2017, a free architecture festival hosted by the CAF on Oct. 14—15.

Price
Free
Date
October 14, 2017
Time
10:00 am

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Date
October 14, 2017
Time
10:00 am