Chicago Architecture Center: Exploring New Developments
42 Ratings
Discover the latest architectural developments in Chicago on a walking tour with the Chicago Architecture Center. Explore new buildings, their impact on the city, and compare them to older structures. Support education and community engagement by purchasing tickets.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Chicago Architecture Center - Start at the Chicago Architecture Center. Introductory remarks.
    Note: stop durations are estimates.
  • Pioneer Court - Discuss some buildings surrounding Pioneer Court
  • Tribune Tower - Discuss recent renovations and additions to the Historic Tribune Tower.
  • Optima Signature Apartments - Discuss trends in recent designs of small urban rental apartments.
  • 465 N Park Dr - Discuss 465 N Park Drive.
  • The Residences at The St. Regis Chicago - View the St. Regis Chicago building.
  • Apple Michigan Avenue - View the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue.
  • Chicago Architecture Center - Closing remarks.
What's Included
  • Admission to the Galleries of the Chicago Architecture Center.
  • Narration by a professional and certified guide.
What's Not Included
  • Coat check
  • Hotel pick-up or drop-off
  • Storage for luggage or strollers
Additional Information

Take a 90-minute journey exploring the glittering new additions around Chicago Architecture Center, particularly focusing on construction elements and their contribution to the cityscape.

‘What’s New’ showcases some of the newest enhancements to the structural environment around the Chicago Architecture Center. This pedestrian exploration centers around aspects such as the height, structure, materials, decorations, as well as their environmental, communal and economic impact of each building. The excursion showcases a number of recently finished buildings, such as the 462 N. Park and the St. Regis, juxtaposing them to identify prevailing trends. These novel structures are also compared to enduring downtown buildings to underscore the evolution in architecture.

As an accredited nonprofit organization, all funds raised through CAC ticket sales directly contribute to our educational initiatives and community outreach efforts.

  • Access to building interiors featured on this tour may be subject to change without notice due to weekend and holiday schedules or unforeseen closures.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • The itinerary of this tour is subject to change without notice.
Chicago Architecture Center
East Wacker Drive
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(42 Ratings)
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Mar 27, 2024
Fun and informative - The CAC always provides in depth, informative, and exceptional tours—volunteer guides are knowledgeable, friendly, and full of midwestern charm. Have done dozens of tours in Chicago—the CAC holds the high bar.
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Mar 20, 2024
Awesome New Architecture Walking Tour - This walking tour was engaging, informative and fun. The docent, Mary Jo, was very knowledgeable and friendly. She was excellent. Great tour for both locals and visitors.
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Feb 26, 2024
Like strolling with a very knowledgeable friend - I just finished the What’s New walking tour through Streeterville led by my favorite docent, Mary Jo Hoag. I’ve known Mary Jo for probably 10 years and I’ve taken many of her tours including Graceland Cemetery, the Inland Steel building , the Fine Arts building and today Streeterville. Since Mary Joe researches and writes many of the tours herself, she is especially knowledgeable and for this tour she was able to talk to several of the architects who designed the buildings we saw and had inside information. I was lucky enough to be the only person on the tour so it was like strolling through the neighborhood with a friend. I’m always happy when I find out Mary Jo is going to be my docent and I look forward to taking more of her tours.
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Feb 15, 2024
Wonderful - What an excellent tour!!. Alice our tour guide did a wonderful job!!! The pedway was so interesting and great excersize!!
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Dec 27, 2023
Great tour (as always) - This tour was extremely thorough, interesting, and enjoyable. Our docent, Mary Jo, was very knowledgeable and eager to share tons of great information about our stops and the area. One of the best tours I’ve been on through the CAC - don’t miss!
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Dec 23, 2023
Fantastic Tour! - Mary Jo Hoag was absolutely fantastic. She gave us a wonderful tour around the new buildings in streeterville. She really made the experience unique and interesting!
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Dec 17, 2023
A hidden neighborhood to explore - A very informative and well presented tour juxtaposing older gems with new ones to give context to our built environment. Darcy was a wonderful leader and at the finish wrapped up all we had seen in a great synopsis. The weather was pretty miserable, but she didn’t miss a step and neither did we. Just an excellent experience!!
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Dec 11, 2023
Something different - Really interesting tour of immediate area north of river and east of Michigan Ave. Not just buildings but the architects, the materials and things that have changed in last 100 years. One of the best docents and tours that I have taken
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Dec 11, 2023
Streeterville in All Its Glory! - This is a fantastic tour giving a full description of Streeterville - history, architectural styles, upconing new buildings. The docent, Mary Jo, was extremely knowledgeable and very good at conveying information. She clearly loves leading this tour!
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Dec 9, 2023
Take this tour! - This was an incredible tour! It was easily walkable. Mary Jo was a very knowledgeable tour guide and made learning about the architecture fun and interesting. It has sparked my interest in learning more about Chicago!
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up to 10 guests
April 2024