The CAC is committed to providing a safe experience for its entire community of members, staff, visitors, volunteers and tour attendees. Select in-person activities have been suspended since March 13, 2020, in support of the State of Illinois’ and the City of Chicago’s efforts to limit the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
In the meantime, the CAC continues to offer a variety of CAC Live programs online each week, featuring architecture experts, acclaimed authors and design industry leaders, as well as the CAC’s corps of more than 600 docents and volunteers.
We encourage anyone interested in the CAC to subscribe to our free, weekly mini magazine, CAC@Home. Archived at architecture.org/athome, each free issue of CAC@Home includes video, reading material, neighborhood activities, fun for the family and more. CAC members enjoy additional benefits and exclusive offerings in addition to CAC@Home: Members’ Edition issues weekly.
Other updates are as follows:
The Chicago Architecture Center is scheduled to reopen July 3 in accordance with safety measures and precautions mandated by public health officials. Review COVID-19 safety policies for Center visitors here. The ArcelorMittal Design Studio and Gand Lecture Hall remain temporarily closed.
CAFC RIVER CRUISES
Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady resume on Friday, July 3. We continue to monitor and follow governmental and health officials’ guidelines and will keep you updated as the situation progresses. Review COVID-19 safety policies for CAFC River Cruises here.
All customers with canceled tickets will automatically be issued refunds through Ticketmaster. For questions regarding existing river cruise reservations, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and allow 72 hours for a response, due to the high volume of inquiries.
CAC WALKING TOURS
As of June 20, the Chicago Architecture Center has resumed select CAC walking tours in accordance with safety measures and precautions mandated by public health officials. Review COVID-19 safety policies for CAC walking tours here.
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 email@example.com.
CAC BUS TOURS
All previously scheduled bus tours are suspended through Friday, July 31 at the earliest, unless otherwise noted. It is our intention to reschedule one-time-only and other bus tours affected 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.
CAC PUBLIC PROGRAMS
All in-person public programs at the Chicago Architecture Center are suspended through late summer 2020 at the earliest, unless otherwise noted. 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. Subscribe to CAC@Home for free and browse our CAC Live Events Calendar for updates regarding new and rescheduled programs.
CAC EDUCATION, YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMS
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, Teen Saturday Studios and LEGO® Build events. 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.
The CAC is committed to continue offering at-home support for young people, families and caregivers. Beginning June 29, CAC Education staff lead five-day Summer Camps that combine real-time engagement with toolkits for self-guided work on a flexible schedule. Three camps are designed for kids ages 8 to 10, and four camps are designed for kids ages 11 to 14.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALA 2020: OPEN DOORS, OPEN MINDS
Originally scheduled for Thursday, April 23, Gala 2020: Open Doors, Open Minds will now be held online Thursday, July 23 beginning at 6pm Central Time. For questions regarding Gala 2020, please contact Brittany Barnes via email at email@example.com.
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.
By visiting the Chicago Architecture Center or participating in any CAC activities or programs in person, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. All guests over the age of two attending any tours are required to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth for the duration of those tours. Bring and wear your own face coverings to limit exposure to and spreading of infection. Accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis for persons with disabilities, health concerns, religious restrictions or other circumstances that, at the CAC’s discretion, warrant variance from face covering requirements. Visitors and tour attendees arriving without face coverings will be able to purchase them from the CAC. Safety procedures will continue to be modified as necessary.