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Take this short walk to encounter the Lakeshore East neighborhood and Aqua Tower, a skyscraper designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects that has earned high praise from architects and critics around the world.

1 Hour
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

Join us as we take a walk around Aqua, the tallest building in the U.S. designed by a woman-owned firm. In addition to the building, you'll learn about the surrounding neighborhood, which includes two planned unit developments: the mid-century modern Illinois Center and the contrasting 21st century Lakeshore East, an evolving "village" by the river that boasts a six-acre public park unknown to most Chicagoans. Lakeshore East is the future home of Wanda Vista Tower, another building designed by Studio Gang that is set to take Aqua's title of Chicago’s 3rd-tallest building.

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.

  • With the exception of the optional Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel lobby tour, this is a tour of exteriors only.
  • The tour's ending point is The Park at Lakeshore East (near Aqua at 225 N. Columbus Dr.)
  • Although it's not required, we recommend making reservations in advance for this tour.
  • Ticket price includes admission to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour.

Upcoming Aqua and Lakeshore East Tours

Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email