Visit the Chicago Architecture Center
Where: Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Drive (@ Michigan), 312-922-3432 for general info 312-922-TOUR to book a tour.
The Box Office and Shop will re-open on Saturday, April 17, 2021 on week-ends only 10AM-4PM. The Exhibits are getting some updates and will not re-open until around May 6, 2021, subject to change.
The Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady resume April 17, 2021. Discount Chicago Architecture Center River Cruises Discount cruises may be available at some point. It probably depends on sales.
The good news – Chicago Architecture Center is really well done
The bad news is admission is $12 and tours are quite expensive $26 and up. The best deal if you plan on taking more than three walking tours is to become a member. Details below. There a lot of educational material but it’s concise and not boring. The model of the Chicago has 4,000 buildings
Not just for architecture geeks
I personally could have looked at the city model for hours. I won’t say much so you can enjoy it yourself but there’s a lot of interesting and educational exhibits. When you enter go to the back first and watch the movie. Take time and walk through the perimeter. Also all the models in plexiglass on the second floor are on loan so they will leave eventually.
Visit the Chicago Architecture Center for $5 (regular admission $12)
If you take a CAC river cruise you can visit the Chicago Architecture Center for $5. Just bring your river cruise ticket to the CAC box office.
Join the Chicago Architecture Center
The best deal, if you plan on going on more than three walking tours is to become a member. An Individual membership $80, Dual $150, Family $180. More info here.
Standard member benefits All benefits here
FREE admission to the Chicago Architecture Center
More than 65 FREE walking tours
Discounts on CAC Live virtual programs
Exclusive Open House Chicago benefits
Invitations to special events
On-site parking discount (4 hours for $15)
10% off at the CAC Design Store
Subscription to members’ edition of digital mini-magazine
Individual membership includes: River Cruise/Bus Tour Annual Benefit (one-time benefit per year)*
Buy-one-ticket-get-one-FREE on the Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady or select CAC bus tours.
All other memberships include: Buy-two-tickets-get-two-FREE on the Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady or select CAC bus tours.
The best deal – take a walking, bus, bike or train tour
Admission is Adults: $12, Student (with ID): $8, Children under 5: Free. The best deal is to take a walking, bus, bike or train tour because the ticket price includes admission to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour.
Take a River Cruise
If you take a CAC river cruise you can visit the Chicago Architecture Center for $5. This includes if you purchase 50% off Chicago Architecture River Cruise tickets. Just bring your river cruise ticket to the CAC box office.
Expanded kids programs
They will be offering expanded kids programming sometime in November or December some of which will be included in the price of admission. I’ll post that when I get the info.
The Gift Shop
The gift shop is much larger than the old one and it has some great items but it is insanely expensive $35 t-shirts etc.