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Chicago Architecture Center

Chicago, IL, USA
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About Chicago Architecture Center
The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Visit the CAC on Wacker Dr. to view our 4,000-building scale model of Chicago, shop in our award-winning store or participate in a fun LEGO® building event in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio. Choose from 85 tours by boat, walking, bus, or even L train, including the CAFC River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. Tours depart daily and are led by CAC's expert docent guides. Every October, check out CAC's free annual Open House Chicago festival. Proceeds from CAC’s tours and gift shop, as well as grants, sponsorships and donations, support this educational mission.
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Chicago Walking Tour: A Walk Through Time

Travel through architectural history on this walking tour that covers Chicago's most famous buildings in chronological order. With a guide in the lead, there's no need to fuss over maps or worry about directions. Simply stroll along and listen to the in-depth guided commentary on Chicago's architectural history; you'll learn about each building and its importance in the architectural canon.
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1 hour 30 minutes
from $26.00

Chicago Architecture Center Exhibits Admission

Save time upon arrival to the Chicago Architecture Center; with prepaid tickets in hand you won't have to wait in line at the box office. Your tickets guarantee your admission even on sold-out days and give you access to all of the exhibits and galleries.
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45 minutes
from $12.00

Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

See dozens of landmark buildings that line the Chicago River on the only architecture cruise lead by expert docents from the Chicago Architecture Center. The vessel—Chicago’s First Lady—is designed for prime sightseeing in any weather, with guaranteed outdoor seating on the spacious deck plus a climate-controlled indoor cabin.
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1 hour 30 minutes
from $53.25

Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

Embark on a walking tour of Chicago's more-recent architecture heritage with a 2-hour stroll highlighting the city's modern, postmodern, and international structures. Especially known for its architectural originality, Chi-town boasts everything from the elegant metal and glass tower of One South Dearborn to the Harold Washington Library, with its Beaux-Arts inspired exterior. Your guide will highlight these and other unique buildings, relaying background on their individual histories and construction en route.
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1 hour 45 minutes
from $26.00

Chicago Architecture Center Live Online Events

Chicago's most important architectural gems are within reach with a virtual architecture experience at the Chicago Architecture Center. With a calendar of happenings that are perfect for design fans, you can choose an event that's interesting, and join your hosts on Zoom to learn about urban design. From book talks to discussions with thought leaders, you can learn more about the Windy City with Chicago Architecture Center virtual events.
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45 minutes
from $8.00
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mishmosh_1 wrote a review Jul 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio119 contributions34 helpful votes
We had not taken a CAC walking tour for years and this one was great! CAC tours do not disappoint. This tour tells the story of Chicago buildings in chronological order. It really is a “walk through time.” Our guide pointed out details on the buildings that we wouldn’t even know
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Response from Deborah R, Director of Sales at Chicago Architecture Center
Responded 2 weeks ago
Sorry for my slow response, but thrilled that you enjoyed our tour and the shop. Also visit the Galleries, they are included with all walking tours. And thanks for respecting our current safety requirements like wearing a mask.
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Roberta wrote a review Apr 2020
Tokyo, Japan2 contributions
The tour guide was a veteran architect that showed me the most emblematic buildings of the époque, and told me anecdotes about them, and the construction. Very amusing stories. Even though the weather was very cold we also took a walk by the river to know about history of the
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Date of experience: December 2019
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TravellingH0pefully wrote a review Mar 2020
Cardiff, United Kingdom33 contributions6 helpful votes
I took part in a walking tour on Saturday 22nd February. Our guide, Margaret, was the perfect tour leader. Her relaxed but knowledgable delivery was spot on. The tour was well paced and well worth both the reasonable cost and the hour and a half of our time. I learned such a
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Schatze wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, Illinois180 contributions34 helpful votes
This is an awesome museum/center that won't take you hours to get through. It's laid out wonderfully. Tickets are only $12 a person, and you can purchase them beforehand so you essentially walk right in. The skyscraper exhibit is awesome and gives you an idea of what's going on
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Date of experience: February 2020
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43 states 31 countries wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles, California2 contributions
Admission to the Architecture Center exhibits is included with all tours. There is a video with a giant model of the city. Various neighborhoods are lit up as they are discussed. The skyscraper exhibit covers skyscrapers around the word. Very well done. I have done many tours
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Date of experience: March 2020
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