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CAF’s 50th Birthday Bash

Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

Join us for a celebration of CAF’s 50th anniversary! Activities for all ages will take place throughout the historic Railway Exchange Building, home to CAF since 1992. This building-wide anniversary blowout will feature a brand new exhibition, plus talks, film screenings, and birthday cake. You’ll also get the chance to visit some of the working

Free

The Grand(er) Tour: Architectural Imagination Beyond the Classical World

Lecture Hall at Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Experience a lecture, book signing and reception event featuring architectural historian, curator and writer Abraham Thomas, presented in partnership with The Royal Oak Foundation. For centuries, architects have used travel to fuel their cultural and artistic education. From the late 17th to early 19th century, the Grand Tour of Greek and Roman sites of antiquity

$40

Sketch Like an Architect

Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

Learn the basics from architectural drawing expert Joel Berman! This daylong workshop provides an introduction to architectural free-hand sketching that's appropriate for seasoned artists as well as those with little experience. Supplies are provided and no prior architectural training is necessary—just bring your interest and enthusiasm! (Registration fee covers supplies as well as lunch.)

$45 – $65

Build Chicago Icons

Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

Join us on a mini-walking tour of iconic buildings in Chicago's Loop, then interpret what you've seen with a hands-on studio project. Children ages 7 through 11 will create their own take-home iconic structure using mixed-media studio materials. Together we’ll explore the architecture, materials and stories that help make Chicago great. Parents are welcome, too!

$15 – $20

Community Conversations: 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards

Nichols Tower 906 S. Homan Ave., 14th Floor, Chicago

In this 90-minute talk inspired by CAF’s "50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" exhibition, join Chicago designers and community stakeholders in a conversation about design ideas aimed at strengthening local communities.

Free

Architect Talks: Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects

Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

Hear SHoP Architects principal Gregg Pasquarelli talk through his most high profile projects. Founded in New York City in 1996, SHoP Architects has made a name for itself in designing large-scale projects that transform neighborhoods. From Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Manhattan’s American Copper Buildings—connected by a three-story sky bridge—to their recent commission at the National

$10 – $15

“The Chicago 7,” Chicago’s Most Endangered Buildings List

Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

What are Chicago's most endangered buildings? Find out at the unveiling of Preservation Chicago's 15th annual "Chicago 7" list. The list identifies architecturally significant structures that preservationists hope to save from the wrecking ball. March 1, 2017 12:15 pm Free Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave. Preservation Chicago Executive Director Ward Miller will

Design Dialogues: Whose Lakefront is it Anyway?

The Public Trust Doctrine introduced Chicagoans to the notion of an open, public lakefront. While many agree with the doctrine, the past century has been filled with battles over the land. Our panel discusses our lakefront’s past and future. March 14, 2017 6:00 pm $15 public $7 CAF members Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S.

Design Dialogues: Where We’ll Live in 2050

What does urban living look like in the future? Join CAF and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) as we host a discussion with policy and design experts about the way our city and suburbs might change to become more livable in the coming decades.

$7 – $15

Architect Talk: Heatherwick Studio on Making Soulful Places

Lecture Hall at Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Driven by the motivation to design soulful and interesting places for a complex world, Heatherwick Studio has many inventive works to its name. Join us for a presentation with architect Mat Cash, Group Leader at the internationally renowned firm. Mat’s talk—sponsored by Related Midwest—will key in on several of the studio’s recent and notable projects, including

Historic Treasures of Chicago’s Golden Age

Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

Learn about the great architectural landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street, with glimpses inside beautiful buildings from the 1890s-1930s. Highlights include the dazzling interiors of the Palmer House Hotel and the Chicago Cultural Center. After the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago was determined to become a great cultural and commercial metropolis. This tour is

$25

Historic Treasures of Chicago’s Golden Age

Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

Learn about the great architectural landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street, with glimpses inside beautiful buildings from the 1890s-1930s. Highlights include the dazzling interiors of the Palmer House Hotel and the Chicago Cultural Center. After the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago was determined to become a great cultural and commercial metropolis. This tour is

$25
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