The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is the city’s all-in-one architecture experience: a museum with two floors of exhibits and a gateway to more than 85 boat, walking, bus, bike, and L tours.
The Chicago Architecture Center is open daily from 10am-5pm. Please note, in accordance with the most recent CDC and Cook County Department of Health advisory all staff, guests and volunteers are required to wear masks when indoors. This includes in our Center, anytime a walking tour goes indoors, and in the enclosed salon area onboard the vessels of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.
Explore the prodigious and provocative career of one of Chicago’s great architects in the Center’s newest exhibit. Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture surveys over 20 designs by Jahn. Photography, models and sketches bring his buildings to life, illuminating his innovative design process and his unrelenting pursuit of excellence in all aspects of his life. Life + Architecture is on view through October 2021.
Whether taken on foot or by boat, bus or “L” train, each guided tour reveals stories and secrets of this awe-inspiring metropolis.
A new home for the CAC opened to the public in 2018, located at 111 East Wacker Drive at Illinois Center, where Michigan Avenue crosses the Chicago River. The new Center features light-filled galleries, picture-perfect views, and is just steps from the boat dock for Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady—recognized internationally as “The Architects’ Choice” in river cruises.
Learn how Chicago became “the city of architecture” in CAC galleries focused on its diverse neighborhoods, housing types, leading architects and future projects. Experience the largest scale model of Chicago, with more than 4,250 miniature buildings, interactive touchscreens, and a cinematic backdrop animating key moments in its incredible history. Marvel at super-sized models of skyscrapers from around the globe, and discover design and engineering innovations that push us ever higher into the sky. This is where the city comes to life like nowhere else.
Learn more at architecture.org.