Chicago Architecture Center

The Chicago Architecture Center is where the stories of the city begin. It’s both a museum with two floors of fascinating exhibits and the starting point for more than 50 unique tours.

The Chicago Architecture Center is now open with revamped galleries. The new exhibit Housing for a Changing Nation reexamines the notions of house and home for the 21st century. Discover the creative ways local architects are meeting America’s changing housing needs with innovative housing forms that accommodate shifts in the country’s demographics, the economy and the environment. This exhibit is made possible by AARP Illinois and the AARP Foundation.

Select CAC walking tour departures are now available for purchase. Please note that advance reservations and face coverings are required for all CAC walking tours. Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady have resumed, with tickets for the river cruise on sale now. Visit the CAC website for additional details.

Visit the CAC website for additional details.

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.

Chicago Architecture Center

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday 10:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Saturday 10:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Sunday 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day


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