An A+ Program

<div style="color:#FFFFFF;">Local architect visits classrooms...</div>

Local architect visits classrooms...

sharing a passion for design and leading hands-on projects in building design and model construction.

<div style="color:#FFFFFF;">Students take field trips...</div>

Students take field trips...

within Oak Park and Chicago, learning our rich local history and studying built environments around the world.

<div style="color:#FFFFFF;">The hands-on design process...</div>

The hands-on design process...

teaches kids skills relating to social studies, math, engineering, science, art, language arts and more.

<div style="color:#FFFFFF;">We’re raising informed citizens...</div>

We’re raising informed citizens...

who know and care about the design and planning of their community.


Planning a COMMUNITY out of recycled materials

Designing a victorian with turrets & special colors

Building a frank gehry design in 3d

Architecture Adventure taps into Oak Park’s rich architectural history to inspire student learning. District 97 students learn about architecture, work with a visiting architect, design and build projects, and take field trips to Oak Park and Chicago sites of interest.
Launched by the Oak Park Education Foundation in the fall of 2006, Architecture Adventure takes place in 4th-5th grade and middle school art classrooms. Student work is regularly showcased in local businesses and at Village Hall.



engages children in skillful decision-making


teaches students about built environments throughout the world


inspires students with visits to significant architectural sites

<div style="color:#FFF; font-weight: normal;"> Architecture Adventure Volunteer Architect</div>

Architecture Adventure Volunteer Architect

“Architecture Adventure pulls creativity out of each child while teaching math, geometry, cultural differences how space can be used, etc. It is an endless pathway for teaching all subjects.”

<div style="color:#FFF; font-weight: normal;">District 97 Teacher</div>

District 97 Teacher

“My math students were so excited to use their geometry knowledge in an artistic way.”

<div style="color:#FFF; font-weight: normal;">District 97 Teacher</div>

District 97 Teacher

"Students who were not normally engaged, or even interested in this topic, were thrilled working with an actual architect and technology that allowed them to be creative while learning like a professional. I, for one, learned a great deal about architecture, but also about using a program like Google Sketch Up to engage learners. An A+ program!"

<div style="color:#FFF; font-weight: normal;">District 97 Teacher</div>

District 97 Teacher

“Students LOVED having their projects installed in a public place!”

Architecture Adventure News

Irving 5th Graders Travel the World

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Architecture Adventure at Hatch

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Irving 5th Graders tour Oak Park architecture with 8 experts

The students are learning about some common local house styles, and will build their own houses after the tour.

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Mann skyline designers showcase work at Red Hen Bread

The 4th grade students took inspiration from distinctive skylines from across the world in the Architecture Adventure project.

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$1,000 covers materials and tools for 30 classes working with architects and designers.

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Adrienne McMullen

Adrienne McMullen

Architecture Adventure Coordinator /

Adrienne McMullen is one of the developers of Architecture Adventure and has been coordinator of the program since its inception. She is an architect and parent to two former District 97 students who has lived in Oak Park since 2002. Adrienne serves on the Oak Park American Youth Soccer Organization board and is a member of the Infant Welfare Society of Oak Park & River Forest.