The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspire people to discover why design matters. CAF presents a comprehensive program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy.
This museum is dedicated to the Art of Design in all areas of the discipline--architecture,
industrial, and product design, graphics, and urban planning--and aims
to advance public education about the value of good Design.
An extensive web site offering information for both visitors and
residents, including postcard images of the city, and a Chicago
Landmarks section with further information about many of the historic
sites featured in this itinerary.
Explore Chicago history through online exhibitions, searchable collections,
and historical documentation projects. This institution is devoted to
collecting, interpreting, and presenting the rich multicultural history
of Chicago and Illinois.
Institute of Architects, Chicago
The local chapter of the national AIA hosts this site which provides
information on Sightseeing in Chicago, as well as their annual Design
Excellence Awards which highlights up to 200 new and historic buildings.
Chicago Visitor's and Convention Bureau
Features accommodation, event and area attraction information for corporate visitors and tourists.
Historic Preservation Agency
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency collects, preserves, and
interprets the state's historical heritage and culture, a role that includes
overseeing the National Register of Historic Places and implementing other
Historic Preservation programs.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Learn about the programs of and membership in the oldest national non-profit preservation organization.
Hotels of America
A feature of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heritage
Traveler program that provides information on historic hotels and package
tours in the vicinity of this itinerary.
National Park Service Office
National parks have been interwoven with tourism from their earliest
days. This website highlights the ways in which the NPS promotes and
supports sustainable, responsible, informed, and managed visitor use
through cooperation and coordination with the tourism industry.
National Scenic Byways Program This website, maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, includes information on state and nationally designated byway routes throughout America based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. Visit the America’s Byways Lincoln Highway website for more ideas.