Tours

The Chicago Architecture Biennial at the Chicago Cultural Center is free and open to the public from September 16, 2017 through January 7, 2018, Monday–Friday 10:00 am–7:00 pm, Saturday–Sunday 10:00 am–5:00 pm. Experience the main Biennial exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center at your own pace—no reservations or tour tickets are required to view the exhibits.

A variety of free public tours listed below will be offered for the duration of the Biennial.

Chicago Architecture Biennial Exhibition Tours

Free public tours of the Chicago Architecture Biennial at the Chicago Cultural Center are offered 6 days a week beginning Tuesday, September 19. These tours will last 45-60 minutes and depart from the Biennial Welcome & Learning Center (First Floor Garland Room). Volunteer guides will provide a brief overview of the main exhibition areas and highlights of the Biennial. No tickets or reservations are required. It is recommended that groups of 6 or more RSVP in advance here. Groups of 30 or more will need to register for a paid private tour below.

Biennial Tour Schedule

Monday No Public Tours
Tuesday 2:30 pm & 5:30 pm
Wednesday 2:30 pm & 5:30 pm
Thursday 2:30 pm & 5:30 pm
Friday 2:30 pm & 5:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am & 2:30 pm
Sunday 11:00 am & 2:30 pm

The Chicago Cultural Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 23), Christmas Day (Dec 25), and New Years Day (Jan 1). No tours will be given on those days.

To request a paid private tour of the Chicago Architecture Biennial at the Chicago Cultural Center, please fill out this form. Requests for private tours must be made 2 weeks in advance of requested tour date.

Chicago Cultural Center Building Tours

For visitors interested in the history and architecture of the Chicago Cultural Center, free public tours are offered by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 1:15pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday departing from the Randolph Street Lobby (year-round). More information here.

SC Johnson Tours

Presenting Sponsor SC Johnson will offer free bus tours to Biennial visitors of Frank Lloyd Wright's modern masterpieces at the company's global headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.

Visitors will be able to view the iconic Administration Building and Research Tower as well as Fortaleza Hall, a contemporary building designed by Foster + Partners to complement the historic campus. Weekend tours will also include the Prairie-style Wingspread residence Wright designed for the family of H.F. Johnson.

Tours will be offered Thursday through Sunday of every week for the duration of the Biennial, departing in the morning from the Chicago Cultural Center. SC Johnson will also be hosting special "Wright at Night" tours and educational programs on select dates.

Shuttles depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center. Lunch will be available for purchase. Thursday tours will depart at 9:00 am. Friday tours will depart at 9:00 am and 10:30 am. Saturday and Sunday will depart at 8:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Reservations are required. RSVP with SC Johnson Here or Learn More.
If you have questions or need to change your reservation, please contact: 262.260.2154 or Tours@scj.com

* No tours will be offered on Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017, Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017, New Years Eve, December 31, 2017. No Wingspread tour is offered on September 17, 2017.

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Field Trips and School Groups

Chicago Architecture Biennial has teamed up with signature education partner Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) to provide student field trips and print guides for educators for the 2017 Biennial. To request a field trip from CAF, download a guide and create your own tour of the Biennial, or for more information, click here.

Local Tour Operators

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is partnering with local tour opeartors which offer city-wide architecture focused guided tours. Our tour partners include Noble Art Tours, My Kind of Town, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, and Chicago Architecture Foundation tours. Visit their pages for more information.