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Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and the sun is shining—spring has finally arrived! As blustery winds and snow fade into memory, it’s time to take in all that Chicago has to offer.

by Kerstin Adams, Manager of Marketing

ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER

Now that the ice has cleared, hear the stories and secrets behind Chicago architecture with the “top tour in Chicago and one of the top 10 tours in the U.S.,” according to TripAdvisor users. The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises is our most popular tour, so experience it before the summer crowds arrive!

HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT, TOO

Where can you enjoy grilled cheese, doughnuts, pierogis and tacos—and see your favorite exotic animals? At Lincoln Park Zoo’s Food Truck Social! On Saturday, May 19, indulge in the finest meals Chicago has to offer, while also enjoying the zoo after-hours.

GET YOUR KICKS ON THE 606

Have you ever walked along elevated train tracks? Well, here’s your chance! During our Walk the 606 tour, you’ll learn how an abandoned railroad viaduct was reimagined as a modern city park and trail. Get a glimpse of unique city vistas while you explore this innovative public space.

TAKE A SPIN

Get a bird’s-eye view of the city aboard the Navy Pier Centennial Ferris Wheel. At 196 feet tall, Navy Pier’s wheel ranks among the six tallest Ferris wheels in the United States. Each of the 42 climate-controlled gondolas is set to include interactive video screens, so you can learn more about our amazing city as you ride high up into the sky.

GRAB LIFE BY THE HANDLEBARS

On Sunday, May 27, celebrate Chicago recently being named the #1 bicycling city in America with Bike the Drive, a car-free ride along Lake Shore Drive. Or enjoy a leisurely ride on our Bike Humboldt, the 606 and Palmer Square tour, where you’ll learn about the eccentric personalities who left their marks on Chicago’s eclectic neighborhoods.

SAVE THE DATE!

In summer 2018, CAF is establishing the new Chicago Architecture Center in the heart of the city. Located at 111 E. Wacker Dr., the Center will provide expanded space for exhibitions—including a skyscraper exhibition and digitally-enhanced City Model—as well as programming and education initiatives. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the home of Chicago architecture!