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Take this short walk to encounter the Lakeshore East neighborhood and Aqua Tower, a skyscraper designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects that has earned high praise from architects and critics around the world.

1 Hour
$15 public
FREE for CAF members
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. Ending point is the Park at Lakeshore East (near Aqua at 225 N. Columbus Dr.)

Join us as we take a walk around Aqua, the tallest building in the U.S. designed by a woman-owned firm. In addition to the building, you'll learn about the surrounding neighborhood, which includes two planned unit developments: the mid-century modern Illinois Center and the contrasting 21st century Lakeshore East, an evolving "village" by the river that boasts a six-acre public park unknown to most Chicagoans. Lakeshore East is the future home of Wanda Vista Tower, another building designed by Studio Gang that is set to take Aqua's title of Chicago’s 3rd-tallest building.

At the end of the Aqua and Lakeshore East tour, you can take an optional 15-minute tour of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel lobby, which features interior designer Jim Hamilton’s homage to Chicago’s iconic skyline.

  • With the exception of the optional Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel lobby tour, this is a tour of exteriors only.
  • Although it's not required, we recommend making reservations in advance for this tour.

Upcoming Aqua and Lakeshore East Tours