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Thursday
Feb 23

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Detour: Secrets of the Loop

Uncover secrets hiding in plain sight in Chicago’s iconic buildings. CAF has partnered with Detour to create an “immersive audio walk” of downtown. Access the tour using the Detour app on your smartphone, head to the starting point at The Plaza…

Duration
1 Hour
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The Plaza at 1 South Dearborn

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Duration
1 Hour
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The Plaza at 1 South Dearborn

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Architectural Highlights by Bus

Discover the exciting diversity of Chicago architecture on this wide-ranging odyssey, which traces the city’s development from its founding through the very present.

Price
$45 public, $37 CAF members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$45 public, $37 CAF members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Tour

Art Deco Skyscrapers: Downtown

Art Deco was a popular, modern style whose lavish materials and geometric ornament epitomized the prosperity and optimism of the Roaring 20s. See how the style enriches the soaring exteriors and opulent interiors of some of the city's most beautiful skyscrapers…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Chicago Pedway

Discover the fascinating “city below the city” used by Chicagoans every day—the Pedway. From the Thompson Center to Block 37 to the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, our one and half mile walking tour introduces the history, design and unique surprises of…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Lower level of the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., near the CTA "L" train entrance

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Duration
2 Hours
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Lower level of the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., near the CTA "L" train entrance

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Union Station: Icon of a Great Age

Seen everyday by thousands and not really seen! Take the tour of the iconic landmarked Great Hall of Union Station. Learn about the station that was envisioned in Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago. Union Station is one of the great spaces in Chicago…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
500 W. Jackson Blvd. between Canal and Clinton

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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500 W. Jackson Blvd. between Canal and Clinton

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Historic Skyscrapers

Chicago is home to some of the world's earliest skyscrapers and innovations required to make a tall building. On this tour, take a step back in time to the late 19th century to see and experience these world-famous early tall buildings that transformed…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Tour

Historic Treasures of Culture and Commerce

Learn about the great late 19th— and early 20th—century architectural landmarks of Michigan Ave. and State St., ranging from museums to department stores, skyscrapers to concert halls, including the Reliance Building, the Sullivan Center and the Chicago…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Tour

Fine Arts Building

Discover a treasure trove on Michigan Ave. and learn its development from a carriage showroom to the high-profile "artists colony" that made its reputation with tenants including Frank Lloyd Wright, Lorado Taft and Harriet Monroe.

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
In front of the building's north entrance, 410 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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In front of the building's north entrance, 410 S. Michigan Ave.

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Rookery Building

Explore both the interior and exterior of one of Chicago’s most famous and beloved historic buildings: The Rookery by Burnham and Root. Venture to the 11th floor for a visit to the architects’ private library—rarely open to visitors.

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
209 S. LaSalle St. at the foot of the grand staircase

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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209 S. LaSalle St. at the foot of the grand staircase

Tour

Evolution of the Skyscraper

Chicago is known for building some of the world’s first skyscrapers, but how have their designs and technologies changed over time? Explore everything from classic buildings to super-tall highrises to discover how each one is representative of major…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Tour

Chicago Modern

Iconic modern and contemporary skyscrapers, as well as works by world-renowned artists, are featured on this 90-minute walking tour. Chicago was at the forefront of Modernism, the style that revolutionized our visual world during the mid-20th century…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Tour

Hotel Boom

Chicago is experiencing a surge in tourism and historic skyscrapers are being creatively repurposed into chic new hotels. Learn how and why a former athletic club, bank, chemical company, motor club and more were transformed into first class hotels. This…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Tour

Historic Skyscrapers

Chicago is home to some of the world's earliest skyscrapers and innovations required to make a tall building. On this tour, take a step back in time to the late 19th century to see and experience these world-famous early tall buildings that transformed…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Tour

Chicago Masterworks, Connecting Old and New

Chicago Masterworks offers a lively overview of Chicago architecture in context, exploring iconic buildings from the 1870s to the present. We’ll encounter a variety of architectural styles, connect older structures to new additions to the city’s skyline…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Tour

Self Guided Audio Tour: French

Si vous n’avez pas le temps de suivre un tour conduit par un de nos guides, vous pouvez louer un guide-audio pour une visite en français. Il y a deux visites par guide-audio en francais: “ Les Gratte-ciel Historiques – 1885-1934” et “les Gratte-ciel…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Please disregard the tour time of 4:30pm! Your device can be picked up anytime between 9am—4:30pm on the date you reserve at the CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave. The device must be returned on the same day.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Please disregard the tour time of 4:30pm! Your device can be picked up anytime between 9am—4:30pm on the date you reserve at the CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave. The device must be returned on the same day.