The first ever Chicago Architecture Biennial kicked off last weekend with events and activities taking place all over the city, and over 31,000 people partook in the various opening festivities, according an official announcement from Biennial organizers. The opening happenings saw visitors from around the world, and put the Chicago Cultural Center front and center. The Cultural Center alone witnessed 25,000 visitors over the four day opening period for the Biennial — a huge boost from its average 8,800 visitors in the same time frame. And not only has the launch of the Biennial been a success from an attendance standpoint, many critics and architects have praised the event. Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman praised the Biennial in a statement, declaring the exhibition at the Cultural Center was "nothing short of amazing."