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


COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. Once in-person activities and Center admissions resume, those who visit the Center and attend CAC tours voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Please follow protection measures as outlined by public health officials for the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago. Adjustments temporarily necessary are detailed below for offerings while they are available.

If you feel ill or suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, please do not enter the Center or attend any CAC tours. We will be happy to refund your reservation or welcome you to join us again at a later date.

We realize present circumstances bring with them a degree of uncertainty. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have. Please contact us via email at or call the CAC Box Office at 312.922.3432.


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.


Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady resume in spring 2021, on a date to be announced.


Select CAC walking tours resume 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.

For the safety of our guests and unless otherwise noted, all walking tours are limited to a maximum of six attendees plus one docent, to allow for appropriate social distancing of at least six feet between individuals who have not isolated together. It is a requirement that both the docent and all tour attendees wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.

Tickets for all CAC walking tours must be purchased in advance through the CAC website or by phone to the CAC Box Office. Unfortunately, walk-ups without reservations cannot be accommodated at this time.

The CAC requests that all walking tour attendees bring their own hand sanitizer to further adhere to the guidance of public health officials regarding frequent hand sanitizing and thorough hand washing.

By confirming your reservation for any CAC walking tour, you acknowledge and accept the CAC’s COVID-19 safety policies.