Tour 1: Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour

Tuesday, April 07, 2015: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Explore Chicago: Big Data, Architecture River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady, & Public Art
Spend the day with Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF). Begin at CAF’s Shop and Tour Center for an overview of the exhibit “Chicago: City of Big Data followed by a walking tour investigating how data is transforming how we plan, design and build cities. Enjoy lunch while cruising on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, a “must-see” for visitors and Chicagoans alike. After your cruise a guided walk will lead you to discover Ellen Lanyon’s “Riverwalk Gateway”, a tiled mural charting the rise of Chicago and the significance of the river. This walk will conclude at Navy Pier where you will have a few hours free to shop, eat, drink or enjoy the attractions.

This is a full day tour and includes coffee at arrival and lunch during the river cruise.  Please meet at Lecture Hall at Architecture Foundation.  It is 5 minutes away from the Conference Hotel.

9:00am: Meet at the Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Avenue.

9:00am – 9:30am: Explore the Chicago: City of Big Data Exhibition and the Chicago City Model.

Located in the Railway Exchange Building’s Atrium, the Chicago Model is the only accurate and up-to-date depiction of Chicago’s downtown. For Chicago: City of Big Data, the Chicago Model is enhanced with a lighting installation, new touchscreens and an interactive digital model of the city. The integrated lighting installation brings the Chicago Model to life with colorful data visualizations, including electricity usage in the Loop and locations of historic landmarks.

9:30am – 11:30am: Take the Big Data Intersections Walking Tour

With a CAF docent at your side, learn to see several Loop intersections through a new lens. This special walking tour investigates how data is transforming how we plan, design and build cities. At several intersections in the Loop, view digital data visualizations and hear how this information is helping designers and citizens identify patterns that affect the health and happiness of the city. You’ll also see examples of historic data and hear how architects like Daniel Burnham used data as well. For this group, the tour ending point will be altered to end at the river cruise dock.

12:00pm – 1:30pm: Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises including Bakery Boxed Lunch

The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady is a “must” for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. CAF certified volunteer tour guides—called docents—interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years. Lunch includes bakery sandwich, fresh fruit, chips, cookie and bottle of water:

1:30pm – 3:00pm: Riverwalk to Ellen Lanyon’s mural “Riverwalk Gateway”

Ellen Lanyon’s tiled mural charts the rise of Chicago and the significance of the river to the city. Its narrative panels begin with the explorations of Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet in 1673, and commemorate landmark events and important sites along the river and lake through the year 2000. Installed along the parallel interior walls of a trellised passageway, located under Lake Shore Drive on the south bank of the Chicago River where the river meets the lake, this gateway connects the Chicago Riverwalk to the lakefront bicycle path. Walk will continue on to Navy Pier.

3:00pm – 5:00pm: Free time at Navy Pier

The tour is SOLD OUT. Please email us to be added to the waitlist.