CHICAGO — After over 25 years on Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is moving to Wacker Drive next year.
The organization behind Open House Chicago and the Chicago architecture boat tour is moving into the glass-faced, three-story Chicago Architecture Center at 111 E. Wacker Dr. in one of the buildings of the Illinois Center.
The foundation is raising $10 million for the center and expects it to open in 2018.
"We are all looking forward to providing Chicagoans and visitors with a forum to debate the future of urban areas and learn more about the city that invented the skyscraper," foundation president and CEO Lynn Osmond said.
Half of the 20,000-square-foot space, on the main floor of the Mies van der Rohe Studio-designed building, will be used for exhibit space.
The exhibits include a 26-foot "Skyscape Gallery" featuring skyscrapers around the world. The "City of Neighborhoods" gallery, highlights the building of neighborhoods such as Andersonville and Bronzeville.
The "Chicago City Model Experience," featuring a scale model of Chicago, will make the move from the organization's current digs at the Daniel Burnham-designed Railway Exchange Building at 224 S. Michigan Ave.