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Chicago Architecture Center: Tours & Tickets

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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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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601-3713
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-922-3432
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The Art Deco Skyscraper tour was one of the highlights of our week-long holiday in Chicago. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining, providing expert commentary on the history of the buildings, elements that make up the Art Deco movement, and background on the city. After...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

The docent on the bus was very knowledgeable, as were the documents at the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio and walking tour. Lots of information obtained. A little rushed as we often had to move quickly during tour to make room for next tour group. Despite...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed our Frank Lloyd Tour and would recommend it to anyone who wants more information about FLW and an opportunity to see some of his designs. His home was spectatular and for us the hightlight! The Temple was interesting as was the walking tour....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ITS20-12
Reviewed 1 week ago

Entry was free with our architecture boat ticket. Stopped in after just to check it out. Wandered the first floor only, couple exhibits and very cool interactive map of the city. Enjoyed, but probably wouldn't buy a ticket just for this.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Angeladida216
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really thankful to The Chicago Architecture Foundation and our guide Bryan for a lovely tour of Chicago's Art Deco buildings. Absolute unique experience and insight. All of my friends are raving about the photos from the spots we've visited. Chicago has so many hidden treasures...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all we had a great docent (Dan) who was incredibly knowledgeable. Visited early skyscrapers (post 1871 fire) on up to post-modernist. Learned about the evolution of building methods and architectural styles and leading architects. Easy walk. Will never look at Chicago skyscrapers the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A few years ago we spent some time at the Center when it was called the Foundation. We took three walking tours and the river cruise. That was a few years ago and in September of this year we returned to do and see some...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank unclelouie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous models and exhibits and film about Chicago’s Architecture. A must when visiting Chicago. Be sure to take the boat tour as well!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Seasidepacker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did 5 tours and each one was fabulous. We did the Farnsworth house tour, a Frank Lloyd Wright tour, a walking tour of golden memories, the rookery tour plus the river boat tour. The volunteer guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We joined the organization...More

Date of experience: September 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 the tours! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour to Oakpark was a great experience! In particular, the speaker who accompanied the bus tour and was available on site, let us participate with passion in his extensive knowledge of the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright. An experience for anyone interested...More

Date of experience: September 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 the tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

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It is too cold and icy. I think they will start in April.
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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