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Alert: Due to extremely cold weather, all Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise tours aboard Chicago’s First Lady are canceled on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is the city’s new all-in-one architecture experience: a museum with two floors of fascinating exhibits and a gateway to more than 85 awe-inspiring boat, walking, bus and L tours!

At the Chicago Architecture Center, you can:

  • Learn how Chicago became "the city of architecture" with exhibits about its diverse neighborhoods, housing types, leading architects and up-and-coming projects
  • View the largest 3D model of Chicago, with more than 4,200 buildings and cinematic elements that tell amazing stories of the city
  • Discover the international influence of skyscrapers, through super-sized models of tall buildings from around the globe
  • Explore how design will shape the cities of tomorrow and imagine what urban life will look like in 2050
  • Take one of the CAC’s acclaimed architecture tours, led by expertly trained volunteer docents
  • Attend an education program with your family or thought-provoking lectures and programs for adults

Hours

Exhibits

9:30am to 5pm, every day

Box Office + Store

9am to 5pm, every day

Call Center

9am to 4pm, every day

Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
Hours are subject to change

Admission

Adults: $12
Student (with ID): $8
Children under 5: Free

Admission to the CAC is included in the price of all walking, bus and L tours.

Discounted CAC admission is available with the purchase of a River Cruise ticket.

*Discount available only at time of River Cruise ticket purchase. Visit the box office or architecturecruise.com for information. Center admission valid within 7 days of cruise.

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Membership

It pays to be a CAC member! Members get free admission to the CAC year-round, free tickets to 65+ walking tours, an annual buy-one-get-one-free river cruise ticket benefit, priority access to the annual Open House Chicago festival and much more.

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Address

Chicago Architecture Center:
111 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

Chicago's First Lady Cruises Dock:
112 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601

Directions

From the Kennedy (I-90) and Edens (I-94) expressways, exit at Washington Street (past the Ohio Street exit). Turn left (east) on Washington Street to Michigan Avenue. Turn left (north) on Michigan Avenue and proceed to E. South Water St. Turn right (east) on E. South Water St. and the parking garage entrance is the first driveway east of Michigan Ave., on the north side of E. South Water St. (address is 233 N. Michigan Ave.).

From the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), continue eastbound into the city (the Eisenhower turns into Congress) to Michigan Avenue. Turn left (north) at Michigan Avenue. Left turns are not permitted at Michigan Avenue, so cross over Michigan to the turning circle, bearing left and double back to Michigan Avenue, now turning right to head north. Continue north on Michigan Avenue until you reach E. South Water St. just south of the river and proceed as above.

From Lakeshore Drive, take the north or south exit at Wacker Drive and continue westbound. Turn left (south) on Michigan Ave., then take the first left on E. South Water St. The parking garage entrance is the first driveway east of Michigan Ave., on the north side of E. South Water Street.

Public Transportation (CTA)

The closest CTA train transit stations are State & Lake (Brown, Green, Orange & Purple Lines), Lake (Red Line) and Clark & Lake or Washington (Blue Line). In each case, after exiting the station, walk east to Michigan Avenue, cross over to the east side, then walk north toward the river/Michigan Avenue Bridge. Do not cross the bridge. When you reach Wacker Drive, turn right (east) and the CAC will be the second building on your right.  Visit the CTA's website for routes and schedules at transitchicago.com.

Parking

The closest parking garage is located at 233 N. Michigan Ave. The entrance to the parking garage is the first driveway east of Michigan Avenue, on the north side of E. South Water Street. CAC members receive a discount on parking at this garage.

Several other public parking garages are available in the River North and Loop neighborhoods. SpotHero can help you find a good deal.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Chicago Architecture Center SpotHero Parking Page and book with rates up to 50% off drive-up. Please note: if parking is prepurchased, early arrival or departure is subjected to additional charges at the garage’s discretion.

 New to SpotHero? Click here to download the SpotHero app.

Questions? Give SpotHero a call at (312) 566-7768.


Groups

Plan a private or custom tour experience for a group of up to six people.


Contact

312.922.3432 for general info
312.922.TOUR (8687) to book a tour
Additional contact details


More information

Do you have further questions about the CAC? Read our frequently asked questions.