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Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Architecture Foundation was awarded $1,669,000 between 1982 and 2017, including 17 grants in Chicago Commitment.


2017 • 5 years • Chicago Commitment

The Chicago Architecture Foundation promotes civic engagement by challenging public audiences to understand why design matters. Established in 1966, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is the world's largest public architecture organization. The institution is dedicated to enhancing public dialogue and education about architecture and design. Its core programs include signature tours, exhibitions, educational seminars, and courses. It also offers a newly expanded comprehensive educational program serving youth, families, and classroom teachers. This award provides renewed general operating support for the Chicago Architecture Foundation.


2015 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment

The Chicago Architecture Foundation advances public interest in architecture and design by providing educational opportunities to audiences of all ages on how the built environment shapes their lives. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is partnering with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Inc. to provide education and programming for the inaugural, city-wide Chicago Architecture Biennial, which will take place between October 2015 and January 2016. Chicago Architecture Foundation is providing the public and school-based programming related to the
Biennial as well as curating a city-wide architecture competition, architectural landmark open houses, exhibitions, and discussions. This grant funds the Chicago Architecture Foundation's activities in support of the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015 and 2016.


2013 • 1 year, 6 months

The Chicago Architecture Foundation will conduct a collaborative project that will result in an exhibit that reveals the data collected and used that underpins the many functions of urban life. The exhibit will be accompanied by public discussions of how government data relates to the needs of citizens. Participation by city officials will also provide them with needed citizen input on data and infrastructure priorities.


2012 • 5 years • Chicago Commitment

Chicago Architecture Foundation enhances the public's awareness and appreciation of Chicago's architectural legacy through tours and exhibitions. It also engages diverse local audiences in a series of multidisciplinary programs that emphasize how citizens can help influence the physical construction of communities. Core programs include tours, exhibitions, lectures, symposia, special events, as well as youth and adult education activities. CAF attracts 450,000 visitors annually to its tours, exhibits and public programs. Its Youth Education Programs reached approximately 26,000 students and teachers in the Chicago area during the 2010/2011 school year.


2007 • 5 years • Chicago Commitment

In support of general operations (over five years).


2004 • 3 years • Chicago Commitment

In support of general operations (over three years).


1993 • 3 years

In support of general operations (over three years).


1992 • 1 year

In support of general operations.


1991 • 1 year

To support the Guide to Chicago Architecture, a joint project of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, and the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


1991 • 1 year

In support of general operations.

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