The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) recently announced Aug. 31 as the opening date for its new location at 111 E. Wacker Drive, a building originally designed by The Office of Mies van der Rohe. The new location, which will be called the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), will be established after the Foundation spent the previous 25 years located at the Railway Exchange Building at 224 S. Michigan Avenue.
The CAC provides 20,000 sf in the building above the dock for Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. The Center looks to be just that: at the center of everything architecture in Chicago. It will offer docent-led tours, architecture programs, and interactive exhibits.
“It’s visually beautiful from the inside looking out, but also from the outside looking in,” said Gordon Gill, Co-founder of AS+GG Architecture. “There was a long search for the perfect location and I remember when I walked into this space, it just took my breath away. The views are spectacular. You look out and see the heart and history of Chicago. The layout is so unique. It will offer a whole variety of experiences.”
During the first week of August, prior to the official public opening of the CAC on Aug. 31, select walking and bus tours will depart from the CAC.
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CAC box office. Courtesy CAF.
The Chicago Gallery. Courtesy CAF.
The Skyscraper Gallery. Courtesy CAF.
The Design Studio. Courtesy CAF.
The Lecture Hall. Courtesy CAF.