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Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago

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The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, is a nonprofit cultural organization based in Chicago, Illinois, United States, whose mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters. Founded in 1966, its programs include public tours and programs, most notably the docent-led architecture cruise on the Chicago River, and other tours in the Chicago area. The river cruise is ranked in the top ten tours in the U.S. by TripAdvisor users. CAC includes conference and exhibition space, including a scale model of downtown Chicago.
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  • Good variety of architectural items for sale. From books and clothing to mugs and artwork. I really enjoyed browsing their shelves and enjoyed seeing the Chicago architectural memorabilia. Staff was....  more »
  • I took a membership this summmer and don't regret it at all !. I definitely recommend the CAC tours if you're a new Chicago resident or you're a tourist in the windy city. All the tours I did were...  more »
  • 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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