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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  • If only to see the model of Chicago, but the shop and the exhibits are well worth looking at as well. And don't forget to book the river cruise!  more »
  • I'm not an architect but I am interested in learning more about the places I visit and I discovered that the tours offered by the Chicago Architecture Center are a great way to pick up information...  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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