Chicago Architecture Foundation

Learn about the history of Chicago’s iconic buildings, and how the decisions architects make affect peoples’ everyday lives. Students will sketch, write, and investigate as they take a walking tour of the city and see buildings like The Art Institute and Harold Washington Library, and learn about architectural themes. Younger groups can enjoy the Read + Build program, and the LEGO Inspiration Station, where they can build amazing structures. Students in 5th-8th grade can use LEGOs to replicate famous Chicago buildings with the help of staff. The foundation has a gallery with exhibits about architecture and urban design, and a 320 sq. ft. model of Chicago.
Contact Info 
Address: 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604. Cook County. Tel: 312-322-1130. Email: Website: Hrs: Vary.
Trip Info  
Grade Level: K-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Cost: Fee.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Tours Lesson Plan

A sightseeing tour can provide your youth group with an opportunity to see entire cities in a short amount of time and learn about many aspects of that city such as, architecture, history, geography, and culture. Students gain knowledge about specific places they’ve toured through a variety of activities. ... Continue