Quarantine Break Gives Chicagoans an Opportunity to Enjoy Chicago Architecture

With more and more people rediscovering their combs, re-learning how to put on pants, and creeping outside again, there is a window of opportunity afoot: The gap between Chicago awakening from its quarantine sleep, and the arrival of tourists from other somnambulant cities.

Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center. Photo by Peter Sieger.
Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center. Photo by Peter Sieger.

The Chicago Architecture Center (111 East Wacker Drive) is among the city’s attractions that plan to open up again next week.  So this may be the time to get in to see what’s new before things go back to normal.

The Center will open next Friday (July 3, 2020) at 10:00am.  After that, it will be open Thursday through Monday from 10am to 4pm.  However, the design studio and lecture hall will remain closed.

One of the biggest draws of the Chicago Architecture Center is its model gallery.  When the doors open again, there will be three new Chicago models, and four from other parts of the world on display:

The Chicago Architecture Center's model of downtown Chicago gets an update (Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center. Photo by Anna Munzesheimer.)
The Chicago Architecture Center’s model of downtown Chicago gets an update (Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center. Photo by Anna Munzesheimer.)

In addition, the great big Chicago model has had 30 of its buildings updated, including the Ace Hotel, and the Willis Tower podium.

If all that inside action is no longer to your taste, the CAC is still operating fifty walking tours around the city.  And if even that level of socializing still gives you the heebie jeebies, you can arrange a private tour for just you and your family members for $180 ($135 for members).

A Chicago Architecture Center tour (Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.  Photo by Lisa Voigt.)
A Chicago Architecture Center tour (Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center. Photo by Lisa Voigt.)
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