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COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting the Chicago Architecture Center or taking any CAC tour, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Before and during your visit, please follow protection measures as outlined by the CDC, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago. Adjustments temporarily necessary are detailed below for currently available offerings.

If you feel ill or suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, please do not enter the Center or attend any CAC tours. We will be happy to refund your reservation or welcome you to join us again at a later date.

We realize present circumstances bring with them a degree of uncertainty. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have. Please contact us via email at or call the CAC Box Office at 312.922.3432.


The CAC requires the following from all visitors to the Center at 111 East Wacker Drive: Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth at all times. Maintain at least six feet of distance from other visitors and from CAC staff. Share restrooms with no more than one other visitor at a time. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. Use the elevator alone or with one other person with whom you have isolated. Enter the Center from East Wacker Drive and exit the Center through the CAC Design Store into Illinois Center and the Chicago Pedway. Use alternatives to cash for transactions whenever possible.

By visiting the Chicago Architecture Center you acknowledge and accept the CAC’s COVID-19 safety policies.


The CAC and Chicago’s First Lady Cruises have put new practices in place to increase sanitation and promote social distancing on all CAFC River Cruises.

It is required that all guests and crew members wear face coverings throughout the duration of all river cruises, on board and on the dock, except while eating or drinking. Social distancing measures will be in place in cruise seating and in ticket queues, with spacing guidelines marked clearly. Extended boarding times will be in place to allow for social distancing and less time spent in queues. Cashless and touchless transactions are available for the convenience and comfort of guests.

All areas will receive regular cleanings before and between river cruises, plus deep cleaning at the end of each day. Cleaning procedures follow CDC guidelines and advice from health officials. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided, with soap and hot water available in restrooms on board. All interior areas will have increased airflow with limited admission for guest safety.

By confirming your reservation for any CAFC River Cruise you acknowledge and accept the CAC’s COVID-19 safety policies.


For the safety of our guests, CAC docent−led walking tours are limited to a maximum of six attendees plus one docent, to allow for appropriate social distancing of at least six feet between individuals who have not isolated together. It is a requirement that both the docent and all tour attendees wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.

Tickets for most CAC walking tours must be purchased in advance through the CAC website or by phone to the CAC Box Office. Unfortunately, walk-ups without reservations cannot be accommodated at this time for tours not departing from the Center at 111 East Wacker Drive.

The CAC requests that all walking tour attendees bring their own hand sanitizer to further adhere to the guidance of public health officials regarding frequent hand sanitizing and thorough hand washing.

By confirming your reservation for any CAC walking tour you acknowledge and accept the CAC’s COVID-19 safety policies.