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Online programs and virtual tours continue while the Center is temporarily closed. Select CAC walking tours have resumed.

The CAC is committed to supporting a safe experience for its entire community of members, staff, visitors, volunteers and tour attendees. Select in-person activities have been suspended since March 13, 2020, in support of the State of Illinois’ and the City of Chicago’s efforts to limit the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

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

We encourage anyone interested in the CAC to subscribe to our free biweekly mini magazine, CAC@Home. Archived at 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:

The Chicago Architecture Center is temporarily closed to visitors as of November 20, 2020. The Center’s phased reopening in spring 2021, beginning with the CAC Box Office and CAC Design Store only, will be announced at a later date. Review COVID-19 safety policies for Center visitors here. 

Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady resume in spring 2021, on a date to be announced. We continue to monitor and follow guidelines from public health officials and will keep you updated as the situation progresses. Review COVID-19 safety policies for CAFC River Cruises here.

All customers with canceled tickets will automatically be issued refunds through Ticketmaster. For questions regarding existing river cruise reservations, please contact us via email at and allow 72 hours for a response, due to the high volume of inquiries.

The Chicago Architecture Center resumes select CAC walking tours beginning February 13, 2021. For the time being, all walking tours—including custom and private bookings—are limited to small groups only, with face coverings and advance reservations required. Additional departures and tour options will be available beginning in March 2021.  Review COVID-19 safety policies for CAC walking tours here.

While purchases made online for walking tours affected by suspensions will be refunded automatically, we ask that you consider making a donation in support of the mission of the CAC. For questions regarding walking and building tours, please email us at

All previously scheduled bus tours are suspended until further notice. It is our intention to reschedule one-time-only and other bus tours affected for later dates. While purchases made online for bus tours affected by our closure will be refunded automatically, we ask that you consider making a donation in support of the mission of the CAC.

All in-person public programs at the Chicago Architecture Center are suspended until further notice. While purchases made online for programs affected by our closure will be refunded automatically, we ask that you consider making a donation in support of the mission of the CAC. Affected programs will be rescheduled to the extent possible. Subscribe to CAC@Home for free and browse our CAC Live Events Calendar for updates regarding new and rescheduled programs.

All ticketed, reserved and drop-in CAC programs for children, students and families, both on-site at the Center and at partner locations, are suspended until further notice. These include Family Days, Teen Saturday Studios and LEGO® Build events. While it is our intention to reschedule as many of these programs as possible, please note that you will need to re-register for any new dates.

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 Nicole Kowrach 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.