Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago

4.7
#4 of 50 in Outdoors in Chicago
Tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Visit CAF on Michigan Avenue to view our 1,000-building scale model of Chicago, shop in our award-winning store, or participate in a fun LEGO® building event in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio.

Choose from 85 tours by boat, walking, bus, or even L train, including the CAF River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. Tours depart daily and are led by CAF's expert docent guides.

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  • We did this walk with a tour guide, Jan, who was very knowledgeable about Chicago architecture and history. The boat ride looked like fun too but we wanted to see places on foot and I am so glad we di...  more »
  • I've visited the CAC in all my recent visits, though mostly because one half of it is a fabulous architecturally-related gift store! Definitely one to visit if you like Frank Lloyd Wright. But aside f...  more »
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  • Whether or not you consider yourself an architectural aficionado, this museum/center/foundation is a must, if you live in Chicago or are visiting the city. Chicago is the architectural beacon for the world. The skyline, the buildings, the urban scape, is without a rival, in my immodest opinion. The center provides a historical, economic, and lifestyle context for the fabulous architecture that surrounds you in "the city of big shoulders." The tours provided by the foundation are amazing. Even with my uncontrollable A.D.D., I was devouring every word from my engaging and intellectually knowledgeable docent John. I think I know everything, as evidenced by my arrogant reviews. However, I received an education from John that no school has been able to provide, and I went to some good ones. I am hoping to take a different tour each day I'm in Chicago. It was that good. The museum itself is designed well, as expected from an architecturally based foundation. There are highlights, such as the model city, but everything, including the gift shop, was worthwhile and interesting. Hey, I'm not a museum/class/tour kind of person. Between my A.D.D. and need to be the center of attention at all times, I have an extinction rate of about 10 minutes. But I loved everything about both the tour and the museum. Tomorrow, I hope to take the architectural river cruise. I want to thank the Chicago Architectural Center for providing a great service, not only for Chicago, but for every visitor. Bravo!
  • A real icon. The new model is really nice. Still a bit uncertain on whether it is worth to pay a ticket just to see it. In the past it was possible to see the model without being charged and it was great to invite friends to have an interest for the Chicago architecture. The tours are really great and not to be missed.

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