Chicago Architecture Center Opens

 John Hill
31. August 2018
The CAC opens with "Building Tall," an exhibition of skyscrapers in and beyond Chicago. (Photo: CAC, via Facebook)
The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, opens today, August 31, which Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proclaimed as "Chicago Architecture Day."
Although the move north from South Michigan Avenue to East Wacker Drive – in the base of an office building right next to the river and across the way from Norman Foster's Apple Store – was announced about a year ago, the change in name from CAF to CAC came recently, not long before today's opening. If anything, the name puts the focus on the new space, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and its prime location just steps from Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Riverwalk and, most importantly, the dock for CAC's popular boat tours. 

​CAC is celebrating the opening of its two-story, AS+GG-designed space with a long, four-day weekend of exhibits and prizes.
Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin calls the new CAC "the latest jewel in Chicago’s architectural crown." (Photo: CAC, via Facebook)
The new and improved Chicago Model comes with a light show that illustrates such things as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. (Photo: CAC, via Facebook)
The CAC now charges admission to its exhibits (free for members), but it's free to browse the gift shop. (Photo: CAC, via Facebook)

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