The Chicago Architecture Center is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages.
Our mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters. The Chicago Architecture Center was founded in 1966 to save the historic Glessner House. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest cultural organizations in Chicago. For more than 50 years, our 450 volunteer docents and our educators have shared the stories of Chicago architecture with millions of Chicagoans and visitors. In 2016, they served more than 670,000 people.
Chicago Architecture Center presents programs, free exhibitions and 85 different tours of Chicago including the Official Chicago Architecture River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady—voted the #1 tour in Chicago. Their tours depart year-round and are all led by volunteer docents who are experts in showcasing the city's most famous landmarks.