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New Chicago Architecture Center to Open This Summer

CHICAGO — The Chicago Architecture Foundation is moving to a new location this summer just above the dock for the foundation’s river cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises where it will establish the Chicago Architecture Center.

The new 20,000-square-foot center will allow the foundation to add to its current historic architecture tours and tell new stories about contemporary architecture along the Chicago River, Lakeshore East and North Michigan Avenue.

The new center will have a welcome and tour center on the ground level and innovative exhibition spaces, including a digitally enhanced Chicago Model that will be expanded from 1,200 to nearly 3,000 structures and wrapped in an interactive, cinematic experience.

In addition to the Chicago Model, the center will feature a new, permanent skyscraper exhibit in a 26-foot gallery overlooking the Chicago River and the Michigan Avenue Bridge that will showcase some of the world’s most significant and famous skyscrapers and explain how architects continue to push boundaries in building tall today.

The center will also house a custom-designed lecture hall, a hands-on design studio and new space for the foundation’s store.