Thursday, August 27, 2020

Chicago Detours >> Are you joining the 1893 World’s Fair tour tonight?

Tonight! Join Amanda for a virtual tour of the “Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair” at 6pm CDT. On this enhanced 50-minute interactive experience, you will:
  • see photos of the jaw-dropping sights like the Electricity Hall and the Court of Honor.
  • hear stories of technological marvels like electric boats and a massive telescope.
  • consider the variety of foods on display at the Fair, including giant food sculptures.
  • have the option to play a riddle-based game about innovations at the time!
  • Fri, Sept 11, 6:00pm-6:50pm – “Da Beers: A Chicago Drinking History” Amanda – $15
  • Sat, Sept 19, 1:00pm-1:50pm – “Cruise from Your Couch Boat Tour” Alex – $18
Hope to see you there! 

Kind regards,
Amanda, Alex, Sonny, Marie and Ellen

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AUGUST 26, 2020 • ISSUE 18

Family fun at the CAC


The Chicago Architecture Center welcomes visitors of all ages to take part in safe, family-friendly activities and marvel at our recently updated exhibits—and that’s not all! Visit soon and get 2-for-1 entry to the Center, good for adult and student admission* through August 31. Friday through Sunday, 10am−4pm


Pick up a Family Exploration Kit when you visit with young ones, just $15! Each kit includes a CAC backpack filled with supplies for up to three kids: colored pencils, stickers, a guide for their scavenger hunt through the Center’s galleries and more. August 28−30, September 4−7, 12–13, 19–20, 26–27


Center visitors of all ages are welcome to join us outdoors for quick lessons in drawing Chicago’s iconic cityscape. Learn how to “read” buildings and combine simple shapes to sketch what you see along the north bank of the Chicago River. Saturday only, August 22−September 26, 1−3:30pm


Spend Labor Day at the Center! We’re open on Monday, September 7 from 10am−4pm, after which the Center’s galleries and the CAC Design Store will be open Saturday and Sunday only from 10am–4pm, beginning September 12.

*Buy one Center admission, get one FREE using promo code BOGO when you book tickets online at Offer applies to adult and student tickets and is valid for Chicagoland residents only. Discounted tickets must be purchased and redeemed by August 31, 2020. Please take a moment to review the CAC’s safety policies for Center visitors prior to arrival. Family Exploration Kits require no advance registration or reservations. Limit one kit per family, available while supplies last.

Skyline Sketching is FREE with Center admission, with no advance registration or reservations required, on the East Plaza at Illinois Center. As CAC Education staff are present on-site to provide support from a safe distance, please plan to adhere to the CAC’s safety policies for Center visitors even while outdoors.

Family tours


Enjoy a special, safe walking tour experience from 45−60 minutes with a CAC education guide, as they share secrets and stories behind some of the city’s most famous buildings—all just steps away from the Center. With content curated specifically for young people, the whole family will enjoy learning how Chicago grew and why it became a global capital.

Chicago Architecture Basics
Available beginning September 1

Chicago: City on the Move
Available beginning September 18

1893 World’s Fair
Available beginning September 18

Family walking tours are offered seven days a week and subject to availability. Book via email to The CAC’s COVID-19 safety policies for walking tours apply to all private and custom tours as well, including the wearing of face coverings by all attendees.

Architect Cruises


As a CAC@Home subscriber, you’re the first to know about September’s limited-edition CAFC River Cruises with top architects on board, whose firms designed buildings you’ll see along the water. Save these dates, as each event occurs one time only. These limited-edition, Thursday evening river cruises include a glass of Champagne, time for Q&A with the guest architect and FREE Center admission within seven days.

An Evening with an Architect: Adam Semel 
Managing Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
CAFC River Cruise departs September 10 at 6pm

An Evening with an Architect: Joachim Schuessler 
Principal, Goettsch Partners
CAFC River Cruise departs September 17 at 6pm

An Evening with an Architect: Thomas Kerwin
Founding Principal, bKL Architecture
CAFC River Cruise departs September 24 at 6pm


Through December 2020, CAC building and neighborhood walking tours (departing from locations other than the Center at 111 E. Wacker Dr.) will be available for purchase on our website on the 15th of the month prior to the month of the scheduled departure—that’s two to six weeks in advance of each tour. Please check back each month for new tour departures and please note that capacity remains strictly limited. Book only the tours you intend to take and please let us know if your plans change and you’re unable to attend. This allows us to serve all of our valued members equally—thank you for your consideration. Previously purchased tickets for CAC tours remain valid and will be honored on their original dates unless otherwise noted.


Buildings and Beer
Wednesday, August 26 at 7pm

A longtime hub for entertainment, Chicago’s River North neighborhood also features some of the city’s greatest and oldest existing structures. Explore its architecture—from warehouses to pubs to Gilded Age mansions—paired with stories from the history of brewing in Chicago with CAC docent Jeff Marcella.
Buildings and beer
Churches by Bus Anniversary Program
Saturday, August 29 at 1pm

The CAC’s popular, annual Churches by Bus tour celebrates 25 years in 2020. For this silver anniversary online program, Co−Tour Directors and CAC docents Joanne Linzer and David Utech review the evolution of church architecture, from Roman basilicas to Gothic cathedrals, and highlight three local examples.
Churches by Bus
Chicago Women Activists
Wednesday, September 2 at 7pm

Chicago’s 19th century history typically focuses on—and has been told by—middle- and upper-class men credited with building businesses that fueled the city’s growth. Less known and recognized are the women who strived to advance civic and social reforms, advocate for more livable housing and secure the right to vote.
Women program
Daniel Burnham: Realist or Idealist?
Saturday, September 5 at 1pm

A prolific architect, trailblazing city planner, and civic and cultural leader, Burnham has been described by contemporaries and biographers as both a pragmatic realist and a visionary idealist. Dive into this apparent contradiction by exploring the impact of the World’s Columbian Exposition on Burnham’s practice during Chicago’s rapid growth.
Burnham program
Become a CAC member today to enjoy FREE Center admission, unlimited CAC Live programs and walking tours, plus exclusive benefits during Open House Chicago 2020 including a members-only preview on Wednesday, October 7 at noon.



Read along with CAC Senior Manager of Education and Experience Angela Esposito as we flip through “The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale” by Steven Guarnaccia—then try the at-home activity linked below!
Storytime video


Sounding Boards is a mural-centered initiative organized by members of CAC Industry Council member Eastlake Studio in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, with proceeds funding materials, supporting artists and benefiting My Block, My Hood, My City’s Small Business Relief Fund. More than 25 Sounding Boards murals have been created to date, including a permanent unity wall at the Hope Learning Academy Chicago, seen here in progress, and a Chicago Blackhawks mural originally installed just around the corner from the CAC.

Despite the challenges presented by an ongoing pandemic, Eastlake Studio welcomed another CAC Teen Fellow this summer, Zion E. Wilson Chambers, an incoming freshman at Iowa State University and an extremely talented yo-yo enthusiast. “Zion interacted with different studio members every day, ranging from architects and interior designers to our communications manager and studio librarian,” says Eastlake Studio Founding Principal Tom Zurowski, AIA.

“Everyone at Eastlake enjoyed this short time with Zion and wishes him well in his studies. We hope to be able to bring him back next summer when everyone is back in the studio.”

“The office was very welcoming to me,” says Zion. “I enjoyed getting to go on site visits and actually contribute design ideas. It was interesting to see how interior design firms differ from architecture firms. I enjoyed sketching ideas in the office for actual projects and being included in conversations and meetings. I would definitely do it again.”

Listen to “Protest Art Has Covered Boarded Up Businesses—Will It Be Preserved?” from WBEZ’s Curious City and learn more about Sounding Boards and the City of Chicago civic-engagement initiative Boards of Change.


The CAC remains committed to providing the safest possible experience for its entire community of members, staff, visitors, volunteers and tour attendees. All Center visitors and CAC tour attendees are prompted to acknowledge and accept the CAC’s safety policies supporting recommendations from public health officials from the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago.

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