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Chicago Architecture Center

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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...more
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111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601-3713
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-922-3432
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the centre last month and really enjoyed the brief video and the huge to scale buildings of Chicago and the other models on the second floor too. What a wonderful way to bring the architecture of Chicago up close and personal. Worth your...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend and I decided to take the architecture tour while visiting Chicago last week with our four month old babies. When we approached the window to buy tickets, we were told that we had to buy $25 tickets for our babies who happened to...More

Thank KimLazare
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great experience to learn more about the fabulous Chicago architecture with helpful staff. The model is amazing as are the exhibits.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

the museum part of this center is really only a small part of what they offer. it is on two levels, and there are architectural models to consider. there is one room with information on Chicago overall, neighborhoods, and the central part, with a 3-D...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Chicago Architecture Center (formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation) is a fabulous organization to join. They have many many interesting tours of the Chicagoland area by foot, bus, el, and boat (our favorite - The CAC boat tour is unsurpassed). The new CAC building is...More

Thank Bonnie T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have booked the Art Deco tour along the riverfront which was amazing. The tour led as to numerous and well known buildings of that period of 1920 - 1930 (Carbide & Carbon building, Merchandise Mart, 333 North Michigan, LaSalle-Wacker building, Chicago Motorclub building, etc.)....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome tour!!! Our docent Sylvia was very knowledgable and very passionate about Chicago architecture and urban design. We took the 5:30pm boat on a windy October night, which was nice and intimate.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The CAF provides a host of ways (boat, walk, bus and El) to see the city in a new way. I was given a membership as a gift and enjoyed, so far, 3 free walking tours, a 1/2 priced boat tour and admission to their...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We bought tickets for the river boat tour with a docent giving a talk on the history of Chicago architecture. The narration was pretty good, and we enjoyed sitting on the top deck getting off our feet for a while. Chicago history has an interesting...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Chicago Open House tour is not to be missed!! We went a few years ago & saw downtown venues. Last year, we went to the Ukrainian Village. This weekend we were in the Austin neighborhood. It was a great opportunity to see some historic...More

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11 July 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
21 May 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.
Marty E
30 June 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