Day of tours with the Chicago Architecture Foundation

Deb Rodak, Chicago Architecture Foundation, USA

Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Cost: $57 per person
Begin your day at 9am at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) exploring the "Chicago: City of Big Data Exhibition" and the "Chicago City Model". 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.

After viewing the exhibit, join a CAF docent on a two hour walking tour which 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.

Next relax on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady a “must” for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. CAF certified 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. A boxed lunch is included on your river cruise: a bakery sandwich, fresh fruit, chips, cookie and bottle of water.

After your cruise a CAF docent will walk you to the "Riverwalk Gateway". Ellen Lanyon’s tiled mural charts the rise of Chicago and the significance of the river. Its narrative panels begin with the explorations of Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet in 1673, and commemorate landmark events and sites along the river through the year 2000. Installed under Lake Shore Drive on the south bank of the Chicago River where the river meets the lake, this little known gateway connects the Chicago Riverwalk to the lakefront bicycle path. Walk will continue on to Navy Pier for free exploration the final 2 hours.