On August 31, 2018, the Chicago Architecture Center opens to the public as the new gateway for educational activities and interactive exhibits. Proving why Chicago is an architecture hub, the 20.000-square-foot center has views of city gems such as the Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building.

Chicago Architecture Center is placed at 111 East Wacker in a building designed by Mid-Century Modern pioneer Mies van der Rohe. Architectural company AS + GG are responsible for Chicago Architecture Center’s design, including the gallery spaces. Highlights include the Drake Family Skyscraper Gallery, that shows an inaugural exhibition about how architects continue to break barriers in an effort to design taller buildings. Huge scale models of skyscrapers from Chicago show the competitive nature of this “race to the top.”

Another area is the Chicago Model Experience. Expanded from 1,300 to over 4,000 buildings, the 3D model of Chicago explores the growth of the city through a film. Taking public from the Great Chicago Fire to its first skyscrapers to the current day, the model is an amazing look at urban development and city planning.

Adults and children will also have the possibility to get their hands dirty in the Arcelor Mittal Design Studio. By hands-on activities, visitors have the chance to understand what it’s like to be an engineer, designer, or architect.

“We want to be the first stop for visitors to Chicago and a return destination for locals looking to better understand and appreciate their city, through our programs and exhibitions,” shares Lynn Osmond, the President and CEO of CAC.

To celebrate the big opening, people are invited to post photos to social media using the hashtag #GetToTheCenter. Prizes, including a 2-night stay at London House Chicago, Friends & Family memberships will be given out from August 31 to September 31.