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Chicago Architecture Center

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is the city’s all-in-one architecture experience: a museum with two floors of exhibitions and a gateway to more than 85 boat, walking, bus, bike, and L tours.

The Chicago Architecture Center is open daily from 10am-5pm. The CAC opened to the public in 2018, the Chicago Architecture Center’s (CAC) riverfront location is in the heart of the city a the start of the iconic Mag Mile where Michigan Avenue meets the Chicago River, featuring nearly 10,000 square feet of exhibition space filled with super-sized models—and views—of iconic skyscrapers. Center exhibits focus on Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, housing types, leading architects and future projects, and include the largest scale model of the city, with more than 4,200 miniature buildings, interactive touchscreens, and a cinematic backdrop animating key moments in its history.


Explore Energy Revolution exhibition revealing how city residents, neighborhood organizations, businesses and city leaders can create a carbon-free city using tools and approaches created by architects and urban planners and now being tested/used around the world. This winter the CAC will host its first holiday exhibition in its history with City In A Snow Globe. City In A Snow Globe presents a series of imagined worlds where Chicago’s downtown lakefront is alive with activity in the winter months consisting of five individual scale models of winter scenes that visitors can peer into. They include Polar Bear Plunge accommodations, monumental snow men, winterized displays at Buckingham Fountain, plus more novel and exciting ways to inhabit the lakefront when it’s cold outside.

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111 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601


Closed. Reopens Friday 10:00AM

  • Monday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Saturday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Sunday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM

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