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The CAC is committed to providing a safe experience for its entire community of members, staff, visitors, volunteers and tour attendees. As such, the CAC has suspended its activities as of March 13 with plans to resume in May. (See below for additional details.) We have made this difficult decision in support of the State of Illinois’ and the City of Chicago’s efforts to limit the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We appreciate your support during this challenging time and send our very best to you and your families.

The Chicago Architecture Center, including all exhibit galleries, the ArcelorMittal Design Studio, Gand Lecture Hall and the CAC Design Store, remains temporarily closed through Thursday, April 30. The Center will reopen May 1 at the earliest.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady are paused for the month of April, to resume May 2. We continue to follow the recommendations of public health officials and are monitoring the situation, which continues to evolve. For questions regarding existing river cruise reservations, please contact us via email at and allow 72 hours for a response, due to the high volume of inquiries.

All previously scheduled walking tours, including building tours, are suspended through Thursday, April 30, to resume May 1 unless otherwise noted. While purchases made online for walking tours affected by our closure will be refunded automatically, we ask that you consider making a donation in support of the mission of the CAC. For questions regarding walking and building tours, please email us at

All previously scheduled bus tours are suspended through Thursday, May 14, to resume May 15 unless otherwise noted. It is our intention to reschedule one-time-only and other bus tours affected, such as Berwyn and Synagogues by Bus: North Shore, for later dates. While purchases made online for bus tours affected by our closure will be refunded automatically, we ask that you consider making a donation in support of the mission of the CAC.

Originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, CAC Member Night will be rescheduled. Those who have already purchased tickets may attend Member Night on its rescheduled date, to be determined and requiring no further action; donate their ticket(s) in support of the mission of the CAC; or receive a refund for the amount of their purchased ticket(s). Please share your preference with us via email to

All public programs at the Chicago Architecture Center are suspended through May 19 at the earliest. Cancelled programs include parts one and two of our three-part 2020 Vincent Scully Masterclass Series; Architect Talks with Louis Becker of Henning Larsen and Ole Scheeren of Büro Ole Scheeren; our Daytime Talk: Energy Revolution with Doug Farr; and An Affordable Future for Chicago Housing. While purchases made online for programs affected by our closure will be refunded automatically, we ask that you consider making a donation in support of the mission of the CAC. Affected programs will be rescheduled to the extent possible. Stay tuned for updates regarding these programs and their new dates, in addition to new ways you can participate in CAC programs remotely.

All ticketed, reserved and drop-in CAC programs for children, students and families, both on-site at the Center and at partner locations, are suspended until further notice. These include Family Days in March, April and May; Teen Saturday Studios and LEGO® Build events in March and April; and our Newhouse Competition Workshop: Fine Arts and Graphic Design on March 21. While it is our intention to reschedule as many of these programs as possible, please note that you will need to re-register for any new dates. Stay tuned for resources and activities for exploring architecture and design at home.

Girls Build! Affordable Dream Homes camp will not be held April 6–9 and will not be rescheduled. School field trips for students impacted by our closure will also not be rescheduled. Drop-in family programs at the CAC will resume on a future date to be announced. For questions regarding existing registrations, please contact Nicole Kowrach via email at

Originally scheduled for Thursday, April 23, Gala 2020: Open Doors, Open Minds will be rescheduled for a date to be determined. For questions regarding Gala 2020, please contact Brittany Barnes via email at

The above information is subject to change due to the evolving nature of responses to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please return to this page as you encounter questions; it will be updated as we learn more. Thank you.