Chicago Architecture Foundation events for June, July  2009 - new evening cruises aboard Chicago's First Lady

August 11, 2010

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady is cruising. New this year: an evening cruise at 5:30 pm every Thursday, starting in June.


Chicago Model City. New Exhibition Opens June 11

This new, large exhibition fills the atrium of the Santa Fe Building with a highly detailed model of Chicago.


FREE CAFamily Programming- Studio Sundays for the whole family. May 17

Plus June 22-June 27, a Family Fun Festival Tent at Millennium Park 10-3


B Like Burnham exhibition opens June 11

An exploration of Who was Daniel Burnham?  Why is he important to Chicago?


Happy Hour Tours May-September

Popular meet-up after work at 5:30 pm.



Free and located at the Chicago Architecture Foundation unless otherwise noted on the website. For more details on events and public programs, see below or visit




224 S. Michigan Avenue

312 922 3432


Chicago Model City

The centerpiece for the citywide Burnham celebration, Chicago Model City will consist of scale models, photographs, maps, videos, and computer animations. Visitors will be able to get up close to Chicago Model City. The scale of the highly detailed models is 1 inch to 50 feet, making the Sears Tower nearly three feet tall!


B Like Burnham

Opening in June 2009, the exhibition B Like Burnham will help CAF visitors; especially families with children understand the man, the Plan, and the legacy of Daniel H. Burnham.


Chicago: You Are Here–An engaging permanent exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation provides images, models, artifacts and video presentations, encouraging visitors to explore the architecture, infrastructure and environment of Chicago.




CAF offers a variety of 80+ river, walking and bus tours. Full schedule at




Highlights by Bus

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 am

This three and a half hour bus tour highlights Chicago’s wide range of architectural influence and design, and covers 30 miles of the city including: the Loop, Hyde Park, the Gold Coast, several historic districts, university campus’, parks, and residential neighborhoods. Every tour features the Mies van der Rohe’s IIT campus and the Rookery in downtown Chicago. Some tours visit the interior of H.H. Richardson’s Glessner House and some visit Robie House.

Check for full schedule.


Devil in the White City Bus Tour

June 11, 14, 25, 28; July 7, 9, 19, 23 at 10 am.

This compelling bus tour and slide presentation is based upon Erik Larson’s bestselling novel that chronicles the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the emergence of America’s first mass murderer.


Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Start cruising like you did last summer. CAF’s world-famous Official Architecture River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady depart every day throughout the day. New this year: an evening cruise has been added, starting in June, every Thursday at 5:30, perfect for date night or an after-work meet-up. See for full schedule.





Happy Hour Tours Return May through September

People working in the Loop and visitors alike always enjoy the Happy Hour walking tours given every weekday at 5:30 pm.  There’s a different tour each day, each ending with a complimentary drink at a local restaurant. See for full schedule.


Daniel Burnham: Architect, Planner, Leader

June 5, 14, 21, 26; July 5, 10, 19, 24 at 1:30 pm: 

Created for the centennial celebration of the 1909 Plan of Chicago, this walking tour explores Burnham’s career using examples of his work in the Loop. Learn about Burnham’s impact on the architecture and planning professions as well as his unique ability to work with creative talent and community leaders to accomplish great feats.


Palmer House

May 2, June 6 at 10:30am: This 45-minute walking tour goes behind the scenes of this remarkable Chicago landmark. One of the oldest continuously-operated hotels in the world, the restoration of this historic treasure is an inspiring tale of perseverance, talent, and vision.


Sculpture of Lincoln Park

June 12, July 12 at 10 am.  From the famous statue of Abraham Lincoln by Augustus Saint-Gaudens to the towering Ulysses S. Grant monument that overlooks Lake Shore Drive.


Evanston Downtown

June 10, 13; July 8, 11 at 10 am. Evanston has main-street charm but is becoming a skyscraper city, a battleground between developers and preservationists.


Preserving Chicago Landmarks

June 13, July 11 at 12:30 pm. Tour explores why choices to preserve are made and how those decisions shape the future of Chicago.


Historic Downtown (South Loop)

Daily at 10:00 am, Weds at 5:30


Modern Skyscrapers

Daily 1:00 pm, Fridays at 5:30 pm.


Historic Downtown (North Loop)

Daily at 2:00 pm, Thursdays at 5:30 pm.


Downtown Deco

Daily: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 11 am, Mondays at 5:30 pm.


Tiffany Treasures in Chicago

Wednesdays 3 pm


June 9

12:15 pm/Lecture

Student Housing Doubles as Environmental Learning Lab


June 10

12:15 pm/Lecture

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Hidden Geometry


June 12

11 am/Tour

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center


June 17

12:15 pm/Lecture

AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement: Gertrude Kerbis, FAIA


June 17

6 pm/Lecture

Daniel Burnham, Urban Visionary


June 18


Green Office Challenge


June 20

10 am/Workshop

What Makes My Home Energy Efficient?


June 22-June 27

10-3, Family Fun Festival Tent at Millennium Park

Building the City


June 24

12:15 pm/Lecture

Walter Gropius in Chicago:  The Forgotten Legacy


June 27

10:30 am/Tour

Tryon Farm


July 1

12:15 pm/Lecture

Uptown: Portrait of a Place


July 8

12:15 pm/Lecture

Outside In: fc STUDIO inc.


July 15

12:15 pm/Lecture

Benjamin H. Marshall: Architect and Bon Vivant


July 16

6 pm/Tour

HOKs new office in CNA Building


July 22

12:15 pm/Lecture

The Book of the Fine Arts Building


July 29

12:15 pm/Lecture

Edward H. Bennett: City Planner and Urban Designer


For detailed information check: - P 312.922.3432

Chicago Architecture Foundation

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Contact: Susan Ross, 312.922.3432 x254
224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604-2500


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