More walking tours added, skyscraper updates and a new boat

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AUGUST 11, 2020 • ISSUE 17

River cruise

Chicago’s Emerald Lady leaves the shipyard. Photo courtesy of Burger Boat Company.


Built by hand in Wisconsin and featuring low-emission, energy-efficient Caterpillar engines, the 98-foot Chicago’s Emerald Lady is set to welcome CAFC River Cruise passengers this month. Watch this video to learn how Chicago’s First Lady supports public health on all of our river cruises and make your reservation today. With seating limited to support social distancing, these tours fill up fast!

Exhibit voucher


  1. Visit the Center before or after your river cruise for just $5 (regularly $12)! Offer available when you purchase your river cruise ticket and Center admission at the same time.
  2. Buy one Center admission, get one FREE with promo code BOGO*! Offer valid on adult and student tickets that are purchased and redeemed by August 31, 2020.

*Offer valid for Chicagoland residents only.

Walking tours

Photo by Frederick J. Nachman


With each CAC walking tour temporarily limited to six attendees, they’ve never sold out faster than they have this summer! For maximum flexibility, consider booking a private tour—discounted for CAC members—or a custom tour.

New downtown: Grant Park Secrets, Riverwalk East, Riverwalk West and Aqua, Vista and Lakeshore East
Neighborhood explorations: Kenwood, Uptown, Fulton-Randolph Market: From Gritty to Gourmet and Evanston’s Northwestern University campus.
Increased availability: Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Loop, Chicago Architecture: A Walk Through Time, Historic Skyscrapers, Mid-Century Modern and Must-See Chicago.


The Future of Transportation and Urban Mobility
Tuesday, August 18 at noon

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 creates significant challenges for urban transit systems and efforts to reshape mobility in general. Join a panel of experts at this virtual program to hear what strategies are on the table in Chicago for the future of transportation.

Future of Transportation program


Tune into the CAC’s Facebook page for two 45-minute, virtual walking tours with CAC docent Mike McMains, who’ll take questions LIVE in the comments! While these Facebook Live virtual tours are FREE, donations are welcome. Look for a link in the comments or donate today.


History of the “L” Tour
Tuesday, August 11 at 5:30pm

The “L” train network connects the Loop to Chicago’s many neighborhoods and is one of the city’s most recognizable, iconic features. Log into Facebook to join CAC docent Mike McMains as he livestreams interesting perspectives of the elevated structure and shares its fascinating tales from street level.

L tour

Printers Row Neighborhood Tour
Tuesday, August 18 at 5:30pm

Printers Row today is a unique landmark district filled with beautiful mid-rise commercial buildings, many since converted to residential lofts. CAC docent Mike McMains hosts this Facebook Live tour around the South Loop neighborhood, sharing reasons and stories about why it’s such a special part of Chicago.

Printers Row tour


Building Tall on Broad Shoulders
Saturday, August 15 at 1pm

Chicago is where innovations were developed and applied to the design and construction of the world’s very first skyscrapers. CAC docent Bill Lipsman showcases five specific structural types—each utilizing a unique technology that allowed and supported building taller and taller.

Building tall program

Old Buildings, New Hotels
Wednesday, August 19 at 7pm

Driven by tourism, multiple historic Chicago skyscrapers have recently been reimagined as chic hotels. CAC docent Monica Rodriguez leads this online version of a popular CAC walking tour that unveils the exciting new lives of a former athletic club, silver manufacturer and motor club.

New hotels program

Gothic Chicago
Saturday, August 22 at 1pm

Gothic architecture, stalwart symbol of the Middle Ages, enjoyed a revival in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Commonly utilized in church design, the style and its characteristics can be observed in various other types of buildings in the Chicago area, notes host and CAC docent Dr. Thomas Stelmack.

Gothic Chicago program

“American Warsaw” Book Talk
Wednesday, August 26 at noon

Chicago author and historian Dominic A. Pacyga leads this presentation on his 2019 book “American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago,” which explores the impact made on the city’s culture and politics by members of its Polish community—famously the largest on Earth outside of Poland.

Book talk

CAC members love our CAC Live virtual programs—and get unlimited FREE access to them with only processing fees! Become a CAC member today and stay tuned for new CAC Live programs we’ll announce later this summer.



Read along with CAC Education Facilitator Paul Neumann as we flip through “Apt. 3” by Ezra Jack Keats—then try the at-home activity linked below!

Storytime video


The CAC remains committed to providing the safest possible experience for its entire community of members, staff, visitors, volunteers and tour attendees. All Center visitors and CAC tour attendees are prompted to acknowledge and accept the CAC’s safety policies supporting recommendations from public health officials from the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago.

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