After a Pandemic Pause, Chicago Architecture Center Fully Reopens

The start of Chicago’s summer tourist season was a far cry from the way it was back in the Before Times.  What passed for “bustling” this year would have been considered “ghost town” in years past.  But with only half of Illinoisans properly jabbed, perhaps it’s good that we’re not all breathing each other’s air just yet. 

Those who did go out and do the tourist thing discovered that the Chicago Architecture Center is back up and running.  

The model of Chicago. (Photo by Anna Munzesheimer. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
The model of Chicago. (Photo by Anna Munzesheimer. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)

While the world was asleep, the Center overhauled its popular diorama of Chicago — always useful for finding hidden surface parking lots among the 4,250 miniature buildings on display.  Keep an eye out for new kids on the block, The Saint Regis Chicago, and 110 North Wacker.

For a more up-close inspection, there are seven new buildings featured in the skyscraper gallery, including NEMA Chicago, and the ever-changing 1000M.

The skyscraper gallery.  (Photo by Tom Harris. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)
The skyscraper gallery. (Photo by Tom Harris. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.)

Walking tours, and boat tours are also a “go” this season for those who love buildings, but want to stay outside.

The CAC is still operating on a reduced schedule, so if you want to stop by, do so between 10am and 5pm Thursday through Sunday.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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