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Chicago Architecture Center

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Chicago Architecture Center
Photograph: James SteinkampChicago Architecture Center

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In 2018, the Chicago Architecture Center moved into its new riverfront headquarters, which appropriately boasts views of skyline institutions like the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower. The stunning venue serves as a museum with two floors of fascinating exhibits. Inside, you'll find an interactive scale model of Chicago that depicts more than 4,200 structures plus super-sized models of tall buildings from around the globe and a preview of what Chicago could look like in 2050. Of course, the center also acts as a starting point for the foundation's fan-favorite boat, walking, bus, bike and L tours.


111 E Wacker Dr
El stop: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink and Purple to State/Lake; Red to Lake; Blue to Clark/Lake. Bus: 4, 6, 20, 120, 121, 124, 134, 135, 136.
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Daily 9:30am–5pm
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Energy Revolution

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The Chicago Architecture Center's largest-ever exhibition explores how cities can rise to meet the challenge of climate change by utilizing creative, eco-friendly approaches to design and the built environment. Visitors can learn about how architects, engineers and urban planners are working on technologies like kinetic energy capture and high-performance facades to create net-zero carbon buildings, or how public transportation and more efficient appliances can help work toward a greener future on an individual scale, giving you a chance to see how you can contribute to the goal of a carbon-free world. 

Architecture After Hours

Wander around the Chicago Architecture Center amid the dimming light of golden hour during the Center's first-ever Architecture After Hours event, which invites guests to sip beer from Revolution Brewery, take in stunning riverside views, listen to music and explore the Center's two floors of galleries delving into all things Chicago architecture. Each attendee will get two drink tickets for beer, wine or nonalcoholic drinks as well as light bites throughout the evening.  

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