Chicago Architecture Foundation

Looking to learn more about Chicago architecture? Some of the first modern skyscrapers were born in our city, and our stunning skyline reflects Chicago's originality, beauty and innovation in the field of architecture. The Chicago Architecture Foundation works hard to introduce the science and art behind Chicago's amazing architecture to young children and teens, with outstanding programming that offers hands-on activities, walking tours and workshops.

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Chicago Architecture Foundation Engineering Fest

This weekend's Engineering Fest will explore the engineering behind some of Chicago's icons. From our movable bridges to our elevated trains, the engineering that brought such marvels to life is unveiled. Families will have the chance to check out the mechanics behind the scenes at the Chicago Railway Exchange, design and construct a movable bridge, assemble a wind turbine and more. This 2-day engineering extravaganza will give you a greater appreciation for the creativity and ingenuity behind Chicago's engineering wonders. 

If you can't make the Engineering Fest, visit the Chicago Architecture Foundation for a CA Family Studio, where you'll enjoy stories and activities, all geared towards families with kids ages 3-12. Upcoming sessions will focus on everything from Alexander Calder to Minecraft. And if you have a high-school-aged child, visit the Chicago Architecture Foundation's (CAF) DiscoverDesign.org, a unique web-based learning tool that gives high school students the opportunity to solve real-world design problems through project-based learning.

Consider a CAF Household Membership, which will give your family access to free CA Family Studio sessions, free family walking tours (offered monthly), as well as discounts on public tours and events designed for families as well as invitations to CAF Members-Only family events and workshops.