The Chicago Architecture Foundation Gets A New Home


On The Move


It was time for a change at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

“Chicagoans and visitors to the city have embraced CAF programs [to the extent that] we’ve outgrown our current space,” says Lynn Osmond, the organization’s president and CEO.

This summer, the nonprofit that celebrates the Windy City’s architectural history will relocate from the Daniel Burnham-designed Railway Exchange Building to another significant structure: One Illinois Center.

“Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the master of midcentury modernism, designed the site plan where 111 East Wacker stands,” Osmond notes.

CAF’s new home, to be renamed the Chicago Architecture Center, marks not just a move but also an expansion of the group’s offerings, including a lecture hall “where Chicagoans can discuss issues ranging from lakefront development to megaprojects to civic engagement,” Osmond says.