By Maggie Kmiecik
Image from courtesy of Chicago Architecture Center.
Chicago's famed architecture draws in thousands of interested tourists and locals every year. From skyscrapers that sit with their heads in the clouds to historic churches, there is a style and history for everyone. Whether you're an architectural aficionado or someone who loves history and pretty buildings, you're going to want to check out the Chicago Architecture Center.
This nonprofit cultural organization's mission is to inspire people of all ages to discover why design is important. They have done this for more than 50 years through tours, exhibitions, programs and events. Although 2020 may look a little different, it has not stopped them!
If your time in Chicago is limited, there's no better way to see the famous architecture than aboard a river cruise! CAC's cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady started in 1983 and has continuously been a favorite of visitors and locals alike. This 90-minute tour gives you an overview of Chicago’s riverfront architecture and the city’s history from expertly trained CAC docent volunteers—all while enjoying spectacular views you can’t get anywhere else. Take a look at the schedule and plan your cruise here.
The Center’s spacious Drake Family Skyscraper Gallery is also open with new models on display that were loaned from world famous firms. In the Chicago Gallery, the Center’s popular and interactive Chicago City Model Experience reopens with more than 30 updates to its more than 4,250 detailed, miniature buildings fabricated by Columbian Model & Exhibit Works, Ltd. including the Ace Hotel and Catalog in the new podium at Willis Tower.
In addition, the CAC has reinstated nearly 50 options for CAC walking tours for members and the general public, each limited to a maximum of six attendees and available in three types:
While the Center, located at 111 East Wacker Drive, and the river cruises aboard Chicago's First Lady are open and excited to see new visitors, there are a few safety precautions to keep in mind.
When visiting the Center, the CAC is asking guests to:
For river cruises, keep in mind:
Their full COVID-19 Safety Policies are available on the website.
ABOUT CHICAGO'S FIRST LADY CRUISES
Docked on Chicago’s vibrant Riverwalk, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises is a critically-acclaimed Chicago experience that connects Chicago locals and visitors alike to the city’s rich architectural history and breathtaking beauty through the official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise and as a first-class venue for private events.
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise, the only private public partnership on the Chicago Riverfront. All vessels are operated by a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain and crew. For more information and for cruise schedules, visit CruiseChicago.com, call 847-358-1330 or follow @cflcruises on social media.
Don't get left out.
Is there anything better than sleeping in on vacation and heading out the door for some great brunch and coffee before you start exploring the city? Well, you're in the right place. Chicago is synonymous with brunch and Yolk is a choice destination for some scrumptious pancakes, deliciously drippy eggs bennie, and delightful omelettes.
This year marks 40 years of architecture cruises for Chicago Line Cruises! It's safe to say, they really know their stuff. From the first tour to many, many skyscrapers later, their award-winning Docents continue to share Chicago’s iconic Architecture with guests from around the globe.
Maggie Daley Park: a gorgeous destination for summer outdoor fun in the Windy City. This park is a great space to utilize for recreational activities for all. Whether you are looking for a family outing, a date, a picnic, some alone time, etc., this space could be the perfect spot for you.