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Until further notice, all CAC walking tours are suspended and the Center at 111 E. Wacker Dr. is closed, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Illinois.

Learn how Chicago became the “city of architecture,” explore the stories of five evolving neighborhoods, see Chicago’s residential architecture, discover architects who shaped the city and view new up-and-coming projects in this unique gallery.

From Louis Sullivan to Mies van der Rohe, Chicago has been home to many architects who have created groundbreaking new architectural styles and tested bold experiments in city design. This gallery explains their impact while also examining the far reach of architecture throughout the city. Visitors will get an introduction to common Chicago home styles and evolving neighborhoods. They’ll also have a chance to compare wards, community areas and the construction date of buildings across the city on a large map.


Architects Who Shaped Chicago (a gift of Related Midwest)
Seeing Neighborhoods, At Home in Chicago, Mapping Chicago (a gift of the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust)