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Chicago Architecture Center

2,516 reviews
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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Reviewed 5 days ago

Everyone should donthis at least once. After taking this tour the Chicago skyline becomes more enjoyable Almost comes alive!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A perfect complement to our Oak Park/Chicago Frank Lloyd Wright pilgrimage. We loved the vantage point from the water of Chicago's diverse and rich architectural history. Guide very knowledgable.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the 11 AM Art Deco Tour downtown for something different to do in the city. Tour guide was detailed and did a fabulous job telling us what we were going to do on the tour, the history of the buildings and pointing out...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Who knew when the Illinois Center established itself on an old rail yard in the 1970s and 80s that the developers would build in above-and below-ground weatherproof pathways through its many blocks of its business and residences? 6 of us explored this virtually unknown Illinois...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this spot walking around on our last day in town so we did not have an opportunity to take any of their tours. But the Center itself was so incredible! There is an amazing replica of the entire city with a very informative...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Center! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first visit to the CAC since the move from Michigan Ave. It's bright and spacious with huge north-facing floor-to-ceiling windows. You first encounter the ticket counter where you buy tickets for tours or admission to the center ($12). The shop is in back (no...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Center! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Joan did an excellent job guiding us through the underground maze for two hours. We started at the James R. Thompson Center and meandered through the government buildings including City Hall and the Daley Center. We continued to the retail area including Block 37 and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed your Pedway tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us. I will be sure to pass your compliments along to your docent.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This facility moved to their new location summer 2018 and now houses a terrific exhibit about the buildings and neighborhoods of Chicago and the famous architects that shaped the city. There is a large layout of the loop area and a short movie explaining the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Center! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed January 3, 2019

The CAC tours are all so great, so it was great to do the Art Deco Tour and see another side of the amazing architecture in Chicago. We visited about 5 Art Deco masterpieces and our docent Rebecca explained in depth the history and details...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2019

We are so glad that you enjoyed the Art Deco tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed January 1, 2019 via mobile

The staff from the minute we bought tickets to enter were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their jobs. You can't fake this. Staff members just walked up and starting talking about the history of Chicago. I really loved this museum. We have done many Chicago...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2019

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Center! Thank you for taking the time to review us. I will be sure to pass your compliments along to our staff.

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July 10, 2018|
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Response from CultureVulture60657 | Reviewed this property |
On our Chicago Architecture Foundation tour, there was a boy in a motorized wheelchair. It is true that he had to stay on the main deck as there are only stairs up to the upper deck. But there are seats in the prow of the... More
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JRads_13
May 20, 2018|
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Response from Peggie T | Reviewed this property |
There is interior seating on the boat, so you can still go on the tour when it is raining.
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142martye
June 29, 2017|
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Response from ChiArchitecture | Property representative |
Hi Marty! You are welcome to purchase tickets in person at the boat dock, located on the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Dr. Please note that summer is our busiest season, so it's possible that your... More
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