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Take a 45-minute live, virtual tour with CAC docent Mary Jo Hoag's in downtown Chicago to discover stunning buildings designed by female architects, including the Equitable Building, Aqua Tower and Vista Tower.

$8 public
FREE for CAC members
FREE for students
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

This program will be hosted on Zoom. Approximately 3 hours before the start of the program, you will receive a link directly from Zoom with details about how to access and view it.

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While women in architecture and design professions were historically limited by glass ceilings, they've secured bigger and more visible roles in the 21st century, opening and running their own offices and designing buildings that have changed cities and skylines around the world. This virtual tour highlights some of those women, and their designs in downtown Chicago.

This is a special, encore presentation of the Women in Architecture Virtual Tour, which first premiered on CAC Live in June 2020.


Mary Jo HoagMary Jo Hoag has been a docent since 2007 and is certified to give 10 tours, including the Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady. She has an interest in highlighting the often under-appreciated accomplishments of women and other underrepresented groups, and has written tours to that effect, including “Women in Architecture” and “Women of Influence.” Mary Jo believes great stories can be told—and beautiful art and architecture can be experienced—in cemeteries, and she enjoys taking guests on explorations of Chicago’s famous ones.

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