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City in a Snow Globe presents a series of imagined worlds where Chicago’s downtown lakefront is alive with activity in the winter months. The exhibition asks visitors to imagine the possibilities of our beautiful public lakefront.

Designed by the Chicago architecture firm UrbanLab, City in a Snow Globe consists of five individual scale models of winter scenes that visitors can peer into. They include Polar Bear Plunge accommodations, monumental snow men, winterized displays at Buckingham Fountain, plus more novel and exciting ways to inhabit the lakefront when it’s cold outside.

Accompanying the second-floor exhibition will be a display on the first floor featuring more than two dozen snow globes from local designers and architecture firms. Each participant was asked to design around the theme of embracing Chicago winters. The results are fantastical and imaginative interpretations of what it means to be in the city during the coldest months.

After visiting the exhibition, get started on your holiday shopping at the CAC Design Store! It features thoughtful and unique gifts for everyone on your list, from the architecture buff to the design lover, the diehard Chicagoan to the inquisitive child, and everyone in between. In conjunction with City in a Snow Globe, a commemorative snow globe ornament featuring the Chicago River and world-famous Chicago skyline will be on sale exclusively in the Design Store, and included with your purchase of a Chicago Architecture Center gift membership bundle.