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In just one hour, discover Chicago’s newest neighborhood, Lakeshore East, featuring two notable buildings designed by woman-led Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower and the soon-to-be-completed St. Regis Chicago.

1 Hour
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

With its wavy, concrete balconies, Aqua Tower quickly became a Chicago icon when completed in 2009. Learn why its design has earned high praise from architects and critics around the world.

Now, another distinctive building nearby, also designed by Jeanne Gang and her firm, stands out in the city’s skyline: St. Regis Chicago. Just completed in 2020, it is the third tallest skyscraper in the city.

In addition to these high-rises, get a feel for the surrounding neighborhood, which includes two large developments: Illinois Center, a large Mid-Century Modern office complex; and Lakeshore East, an evolving "village" by the Chicago River and Lake Michigan that boasts a six-acre park unknown to most Chicagoans.

  • Your safety is our priority. The itinerary of this tour may be altered in accordance with health and safety policies and considerations.
  • This is a tour of exteriors only.
  • The tour's ending point is Lake Shore East Park.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.

Upcoming Aqua, St. Regis Chicago and Lakeshore East Tours

There are currently no departures available for booking. New tour departures are released on the 15th of each month. Please check back soon!