Chicago Architecture Center to host 2023 Architecture and Design Film Festival

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Saturday, January 28, 2023
Chicago Architecture Center to host 2023 film festival
Looking for things to do in Chicago? Check out the 2023 Architecture and Design Film Festival.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Architecture Center, announced Saturday it will host the 14th edition of the Architecture & Design Film Festival for the first time at its award-winning center from Feb. 1 to Feb. 5.

The films will be shown in the CAC's renowned Skyscraper Gallery, which will provide a unique backdrop and experience for guests. Visitors can also view a dozen free short films there.

The ADDF will feature 15 global films that investigate design's impact on the worlds of art, fashion, architecture, urban planning, and housing. The festival, also popular with design lovers in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., offers insights into the lives and works of global design visionaries from over eleven countries, including Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Greece and Italy.

"We are thrilled to bring the Architecture & Design Film Festival to the Chicago Architecture Center. This is a fantastic opportunity to assemble the architecture and design community for a line-up of thought-provoking features and short film shorts from across the world," said CAC CEO Eleanor Esser Gorski.

All showings will be at the Chicago Architecture Center. Tickets are $20 per film or $15 for CAC Members. Tickets include a single film showing, access to view all ADFF: Chicago Short Films before or after ticketed movie time, and headphone rental, as needed. The CAC recommends arriving 20 to 30 minutes ahead of scheduled showtimes to allow for check-in. Tickets can be purchased online now at

About the Architecture & Design Film Festival

Founded in 2009, the Architecture & Design Film Festival celebrates the creative spirit that drives architecture and design. Through a curated selection of films, events, and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to educate, entertain, and engage all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. It has grown into the world's largest film festival devoted to the subject with an annual festival in New York and satellite events around the world.

For more information, visit or @ADFILMFEST on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Chicago Architecture Center

The CAC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1966, dedicated to inspiring people to discover why design matters. A national leader in architecture and design education, the CAC offers tours, programs, exhibitions, and more that are part of a dynamic journey of lifelong learning.

Opened to the public in 2018, its riverfront location is in the heart of the city, where Michigan Avenue meets the Chicago River, features nearly 10,000 square feet of exhibition space with views of a century of iconic skyscrapers.

Through partnerships with schools and youth-serving organizations, the CAC reaches approximately 30,000 K-12 students annually, while teacher workshops provide educators with tools and resources - they need to advance STEM curricula in their classrooms. Committed to serving under-represented communities in construction, engineering, and design professions, the CAC offers many of its education programs-and all its programs for teens-at no cost to participants. CAC programs for adults and members include talks with acclaimed authors and practicing architects, in-depth presentations on issues and trends in urbanism, and classes unlocking subjects related to the built environment

Proceeds from programs, tours, and the CAC Design Store, as well as from grants, sponsorships, and donations, support its educational mission. Visit to learn more and follow @chiarchitecture and #chiarchitecture on social media.