The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a non-profit cultural organization which promotes Chicago’s architecture. It has been supported since 1966 and it is near to get a new and improved structure. At the end of August, 2018, CAF will open the Chicago Architecture Center on East Wacker Drive and it will offer a new cultural destination for the Windy City. It is placed inside an architecturally significant building projected by Mies van der Rohe, who is a pioneer of Mid-Century Modernism. The center will be extended across 20,000 square feet.
The CAC is strategically situated above the dock for the Foundation’s acclaimed river cruises. The space is projected by Chicago-based architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS + GG). It will contain areas for public programs, an award-winning store and original presentations to make the public better understand Chicago’s rich architectural history.
The Chicago Architecture Center will also be a place for learning about international architecture, with the second-floor Skyscraper Gallery including large-scale types of nororious skyscrapers around the world. AS+GG specifically made a model of the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabi for the installation.
“We can’t wait for people to visit the CAC and experience how Chicago architects have influenced the world through their innovation and vision,” said Lynn Osmond, the President and CEO of CAF. “We’ve engineered a stimulating and immersive space where visitors can have fun discovering Chicago’s groundbreaking architecture—and appreciate its profound impact on the world.”
CAF has become one of the largest cultural organizations in Chicago, a little over 50 years after its inception. Through tours and professional development events, the Foundation goes on its mission to prove why design matters. The retail store and walking tours start from 111 East Wacker Drive throughout the first week of August, leading up to the August 31, 2018 inauguration.