Tickets for Chicago Architecture Center Exhibits

See the largest 3D model of Chicago and learn about the city's past and future!

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What's included

Admission to the Chicago Architecture Center
Access to all exhibits

What's not included

  • Educate yourself at Chicago's new architecture experience, with two floors of fascinating Chicago-related exhibits
  • Visit the Skyscraper Gallery and the Building Tall exhibit to see scale models of famous skyscrapers from Chicago and around the world
  • See the largest ever 3D model of Chicago, with over 4,200 buildings and cinematic elements that tell the city's story

It may be known as the Windy City or home of the deep-dish pizza, but Chicago is also the home of American Architecture, boasting 126 skyscrapers.

At the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), walk through the city's past, present, and even future as you traverse two floors of fascinating Chicago-themed exhibits. From skyscrapers to reconstructed buildings in miniature and high-tech innovations, this is Chicago like you've never seen it before.

Explore exhibits themed around the city's wildly diverse neighborhoods and homes, learn about leading architects, and get a peek at up-and-coming projects.

The Chicago City Model Experience is the star attraction in the Chicago Gallery. This 3D model of Chicago features more than 4,000 buildings and interactive elements that tell amazing tales about the city. Since its debut in 2009, the Chicago Model has been an icon. Interactive touch screens allow visitors to orient themselves, search for buildings by architect or architectural style, and see data projected onto the model.

In the Building Tall exhibition, see how skyscrapers have influenced city plans and skylines through super-sized models of the world's tallest buildings. Join the race to the top and see how design and engineering innovations have us building higher, and higher, and higher! There's even a 40-foot-tall model of Saudi Arabia's Jeddah Tower, set to be the next world's tallest building.

Want to know more? Take one of the CAC's architecture tours led by an expert volunteer (not included), or attend a thought-provoking lecture. There's always something going on at Chicago's leading architecture center!

  • Present your smartphone voucher at the front desk, and collect your physical ticket
  • Last entry is 30 minutes prior to closing time
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Chicago Architecture Center
111 E Wacker Dr, IL 60601, Chicago
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