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Join us as we open our doors for the very first time and welcome all of Chicago into our awe-inspiring new home at 111 E. Wacker Drive this Labor Day weekend.

$12 public
Free for CAC members
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

To visit the CAC opening weekend, you can either purchase a CAC Exhibit Voucher online or you can purchase an admission ticket at the CAC Box Office upon your arrival.

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Our grand opening weekend kicks off Friday, August 31 with Chicago Architecture Day, proclaimed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a day to celebrate our public opening and acknowledge Chicago architecture’s significant impact around the world. Come visit us Labor Day weekend to be among the first guests check out our new space, delight in our breathtaking exhibits and enter to win a host of exciting prizes. We look forward to welcoming you!

What's happening?

"Chicago Architecture Day"

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared Aug. 31 "Chicago Architecture Day" in the city, to mark the Chicago Architecture Center's opening. We are encouraging cultural organizations, architecture firms and individuals to celebrate this special day with us by using #ChicagoArchitectureDay on social media. The day will include free giveaways, the chance to share great photos and a special appearance by “Daniel Burnham" and "Frank Lloyd Wright."

Weekend contest

During the weekend (Friday, Aug. 31 thru Monday, Sept. 3), we will have a contest open to anyone who takes a photo of the CAC and posts it to social media using the hashtag #GetToTheCenter. Prizes include a 2-night stay at LondonHouse Chicago, free CAC Friends & Family memberships, free river cruise tickets, a gift certificate to Land & Lake Kitchen and more!

  • Discount tickets are available with a valid student ID for $8 at the CAC Box Office.
  • The CAC is free for children under five. You can purchase a child ticket at the CAC Box Office.
  • During opening weekend the CAC will be open Friday, Aug. 31 from 9am to 9pm. Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3 we'll be open from 9am to 5pm.
  • To learn more about the CAC's accessibility services, read our Accessibility information.

Upcoming Opening Weekend Celebration: Aug. 31—Sept. 3 Events

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