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BeThe CAC continues to offer a variety of in-person and virtual tours, as well as online programs featuring architecture experts, acclaimed authors and design industry leaders, as well as the CAC’s enthusiastic corps of docents and volunteers.

The CAC is committed to supporting a safe experience for its entire community of members, staff, visitors, volunteers and tour attendees. In support of the State of Illinois’ and the City of Chicago’s efforts to limit the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus) we are operating with capacity limits and heightened hygiene protocols.

We encourage anyone interested in the CAC to subscribe to our free biweekly mini magazine, CAC@Home. Archived at, CAC@Home issues feature upcoming events and reading material, neighborhood activities, fun for the family and more. CAC members enjoy additional benefits and exclusive offerings in addition to CAC@Home: Members’ Edition.

Other updates are as follows:


Effective Friday, August 20, the Chicago Department of Public Health requires that everyone 2+ wear masks in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. This includes in our Center, anytime a walking tour goes indoors, and in the enclosed salon area onboard the vessels of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.

Review COVID-19 safety policies for Center visitors.


Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady have resumed for the 2021 season. Tickets are now on sale


The Chicago Architecture Center continues to expand the walking tour schedule back to pre-pandemic levels. In addition to our previous offerings, we are offering several new tours.

Due to increased capacity, we are no longer requiring advanced reservations for tours departing from the CAC.  Please review COVID-19 safety policies for CAC walking tours here.


Bus tours will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email


The Chicago Architecture Center will continue to offer a rich variety of online virtual events. Throughout the pandemic and recovery, this format has allowed us to reach new audiences nationally while serving our members. Subscribe to CAC@Home for free and browse our list of programs for information on upcoming events.


The CAC is working to resume Education programs under the City of Chicago’s Phase 5 guidelines. Some programs, including Girls Build!, Family Walking Tours, and some Teens programs have resumed. Please continue to check back for additional updates as we work to bring more Education programming back online.

The CAC is committed to continue offering at-home support for young people, families and caregivers. CAC Education staff lead lead virtual classes and workshops that combine real-time engagement with toolkits for self-guided work on a flexible schedule. Subscribe to CAC@Home for the latest educational offerings.

School field trips for students impacted by our closure will not be rescheduled. Drop-in family programs at the CAC will resume on a future date to be announced. For questions regarding existing registrations, please contact the Education Team via email at

The above information is subject to change due to the evolving nature of responses to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please return to this page as you encounter questions; it will be updated as we learn more. Thank you.


By visiting the Chicago Architecture Center or participating in any CAC activities or programs in person, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. All guests over the age of two attending any tours are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth for the duration of those tours. Bring and wear your own face coverings to limit exposure to and spreading of infection. Accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis for persons with disabilities, health concerns, religious restrictions or other circumstances that, at the CAC’s discretion, warrant variance from face covering requirements. Visitors and tour attendees arriving without face coverings will be able to purchase them from the CAC. Safety policies will continue to be modified as necessary.