The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) was founded in 1966 in an effort to preserve the historic Glessner House, which was in danger of being destroyed at the time. In the years since, the original foundation has expanded greatly. Today, it boasts a permanent building filled with different exhibits and display spaces.
The Chicago City Model Experience might be the most popular of the CAC’s attractions. It’s essentially a pint-sized version of the city of Chicago, composed of more than 4,000 buildings modeled directly after their real-life counterparts. It includes interactive components that engage guests and shed some light on the history of Chicago. Elsewhere in the CAC, you’ll find larger models of famous skyscrapers from around the globe, a gallery of Chicago-inspired art, and much more.