Chicago Architecture Foundation

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224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States

Welcome to the Chicago Architecture Foundation! We offer engaging ways for educators, families, and young people to explore Chicago’s amazing architecture.

Through hands-on, real-world explorations discover how to turn your local community into a dynamic setting for teaching and learning.  Buildings, structures, people, and events help young people discover how architecture and the built environment impact their lives everyday.

Our programs and resources include multi-disciplinary teacher workshops, award-winning curricular resources, place-based field trips, hands-on workshops for teens, scout badge programs, and A+DEN-a network for people interested in design education.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offers more than 80 different tours including the Chicago Architecture Foundation architecture river cruise aboard the Chicago’s First Lady. Also offered: FREE exhibitions, programs and workshops, youth education, family programs and an architecture and design-themed retail store.

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Wonder how to connect architecture to your classroom lessons? The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers an exciting array of learning opportunities and resources for educators. Take a professional development teacher workshop to learn strategies for incorporating architecture into your daily lessons. Check out our award-winning curricular resources. Book an exciting place-based field trip for your students. Connect to other architecture and design educators through A+DEN.

Follow the links below to learn how the Chicago Architecture Foundation can support your teaching and learning about Chicago and its amazing architecture.

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1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, United States 2.33 mi

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum stands at the crossroads of America’s past and its future. If you live in Chicago or visit here and are curious about the city’s past, present, and future, the Museum should be your first stop.

Your History Lives Here

The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. Our ability to illuminate the past is a reminder of what really happened once upon a time, sheds light on the present, and compellingly informs the future.

We invite you to engage with our stories and make history yourself.

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Educator Programs


Professional development programs provide rich and unique experiences with history. Support your curriculum, network with other teachers, and earn CPDUs.

The Field Trip Objective Workshop

Tuesday, January 28, 4:30–7:30 p.m.

Let us help you plan the perfect field trip. Meet staff, explore exhibitions, and participate in gallery activities. This session promises to answer all of your questions, from logistics to content.

Recommended for pre-K to 12th grade teachers. Earn 3 CPDUs.

Cost: $15

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