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Chicago Architecture Foundation is raising funds for its new center

Midwest News
Rendering of the Chicago Architecture Center. (Image via CAF)
Rendering of the Chicago Architecture Center. (Image via CAF)

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has just launched a $10 million campaign to pay for its new architecture center, which will be located inside Mies van der Rohe’s One Illinois Center.

Hometown firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is designing the space, which should open this summer. The 20,000-square-foot project, steps from the Chicago River at 111 East Wacker Drive, will host lectures, educational programming, and other events for industry professionals and visitors alike. Most notably, the renovations will increase the CAF’s exhibition space from 1,600 to nearly 10,000 square feet.

“Chicago’s civic, cultural and business leaders have responded to our plan for the Chicago Architecture Center with a vote of confidence,” said Lynn Osmond, CAF’s president and CEO, in a press release. “They recognize that Chicago is synonymous with architectural innovation and with their generosity, that innovation and Chicago’s place in architectural history will have a permanent home.”

Currently, the CAF occupies the Railway Exchange Building, a Beaux Arts commercial building in the Loop by D.H. Burnham.

Turner Construction, developer Related Midwest, and steel and mining company ArcelorMittal are some of the major non-family donors supporting the project. As of earlier this month, the CAF is 60 percent of the way towards its $10 million fundraising goal. Of those dollars, $8 million will go towards the facility and its exhibits, and $2 million is earmarked for education programs.  If you’re willing to fork over a quarter-million-plus, the CAF says there are plenty of naming opportunities still available.

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