Welcome to the Neighborhood, Chicago Architecture Center

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) opened its doors on August 31, 2018. Within walking distance from Vista Tower, the center is a much-anticipated addition to the culturally-rich destinations located within a one-mile radius of the tower. Offering views of the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower, the center will become a hub for architecture enthusiasts to learn more about the city.

The new Skyscraper Gallery, located on the second floor, houses models of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, including Chicago’s Willis Tower. Others include the Jeddah Tower, designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill of Chicago, and China Central Television headquartered in Beijing.

In the Chicago Gallery exhibit, visitors will find a scaled replica of the city center buildings. The models portray elements of the Chicago skyline including Cloud Gate, Millennium Park and Vista Tower. The 3D printed models are positioned in front of a screen that plays a short film showcasing the growth and evolution of the city, and the models light up during different segments of the film. Projection mapping technology allows visitors to learn about Chicago’s history in an interactive way and see the city from a different vantage point.

Lynn Osmond, CEO of the CAC, shared that the project was only meant to be a temporary exhibit, but because of its popularity, it has been continually expanding over the last 10 years and now represents 4,200 buildings.

Stop by the CAC, located at 111 E. Wacker Drive, to see how Vista Tower will change the Chicago skyline once complete.