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Art In Architecture

Buildings are works of art in which we live, work, and learn. How do architects use art to make their buildings distinctive?  

Art in Architecture is a 90-minute walking tour designed for students in grades K – 8. The field trip explores how art and architecture intersect in three unique buildings in downtown Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, the Harold Washington Library, and the Federal Center. Through guided sketching activities, students investigate architectural and artistic elements at each building. 

Field Trip Details

Days and time
Weekdays year-round, from 10:15 to 12:00pm.
If this time frame does not meet your needs, please contact us about alternate days and times.  

Begin at – Chicago Architecture Foundation, Railway Exchange Building, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
End at – Federal Center, at Adams and Dearborn

90 minutes

Recommended grade level
Grades K – 8

Group size
10 to 60 students
1 chaperone is required for every 5 students

$5.00 per student
No charge for required chaperones; $5.00 charge for each additional adult.

How to schedule a field trip
Reservations are required for all field trips, and reservation requests should be made at least six weeks in advance.

Download a copy of our Field Trip Reservation Form.  Send a completed copy of the reservation form (one copy per field trip) to the Chicago Architecture Foundation:

   Fax: 312.277.1040 

   Email: grouptours(at)

   Mail: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Attention: Group Tours Department
           224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604

Reservations will be processed according to the date they are received. A field trip confirmation agreement indicating your tour date and other relevant information will be sent immediately to the contact information you have provided. Please wait to arrange transportation until you have received your confirmation agreement.  

Other important information about your field trip

Please review the following information to help you prepare for your field trip: Preparing for your field trip with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.


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