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Take this short walk to encounter a skyscraper that’s earned high praise from architects and critics around the world: the Aqua Tower, designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects. In addition to the building, you’ll learn about its Lakeshore East neighborhood, an evolving "village" by the river that boasts an award-winning, six-acre public park—one that’s unknown to most Chicagoans. Lakeshore East is the future home of Wanda Vista Tower, also designed by Studio Gang and set to take its place as Chicago’s 3rd-tallest building.

1 Hour
$15 public
FREE for CAF members
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. Ending point is the Park at Lakeshore East (near Aqua at 225 N. Columbus Dr.)

At the end of the Aqua and Lakeshore East tour, you can take an optional 15-minute tour of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel lobby, which features interior designer Jim Hamilton’s homage to Chicago’s iconic skyline.

Note: With the exception of the optional Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel lobby tour, Aqua and Lakeshore East is a tour of exteriors only. Although it's not required, we recommend making reservations in advance for this tour.

Upcoming Aqua and Lakeshore East Tours