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Chicago is known around the world for its architecture. Whether you tour downtown or a neighborhood, our expert docent guides will tell you the stories behind the buildings. Visit iconic skyscrapers, elegant hotels or the legendary houses of Frank Lloyd Wright. With more than 85 tours to choose from, we won't blame you if you can't pick just one.

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Chicago Architecture: A Walk Through Time

Get a comprehensive look at Chicago's architectural history on this unique tour that covers buildings in chronological order. Hear important stories about the city while viewing some of its earliest buildings and new, super-tall high rises.

Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$26 public, Free for CAF members
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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Icons: Connecting Past and Present

This lively overview of Chicago architecture explores iconic buildings from the 1890s to present. We'll compare and contrast a wide range of buildings with varying architectural styles and see how older structures connect to new skyline additions.

Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.75 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.75 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Modern

Chicago is recognized as a leader in Modern architecture, a style that revolutionized our visual world during the mid-20th Century. View iconic Modern skyscrapers during this walking tour.

Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.75 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.75 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Elevated Architecture: Downtown "L" Train

Explore Chicago’s amazing architecture from the unique perspective of elevated trains and station platforms. Learn the history behind the famous "L" system and hear how it has shaped the development of buildings within the Loop.

Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Historic Treasures of Chicago’s Golden Age

Learn about the great architectural landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street, with glimpses inside beautiful buildings from the 1890s-1930s. Highlights include the dazzling interiors of the Palmer House Hotel and the Chicago Cultural Center.

Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Hotel Boom: Making Old New Again

Chicago is experiencing a surge in tourism, resulting in the creative repurpose of historic skyscrapers into chic new hotels. Learn how and why a former athletic club, silver manufacturer and motor club have undergone this change.

Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Millennium Park: Beyond the Bean

Learn how architects, artists and engineers collaborated with Chicago’s movers and shakers to transform a railroad yard and parking lot into a magnificent park that has thrilled millions and become the envy of cities around the world.

Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Must-See Chicago

Must-See Chicago is a fast-paced, 90-minute introductory tour to Chicago featuring some of its most famous buildings, including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, Willis (Sears) Tower, the Chicago Theatre and more!

Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Frank Lloyd Wright by Bus

Discover the neighborhood where Wright's famed Prairie Style of architecture evolved. The tour includes bus transportation to and from Oak Park with commentary, a one-hour interior tour of Wright’s Home and Studio and a walking tour of the Frank Lloyd…

Price
$55 public, $47 CAF members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public, $47 CAF members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

French Language: Historic and Modern Skyscrapers

Ce tour, en français, comprend des gratte-ciel historiques et modernes de Chicago. Pour tracer l’histoire de ces bâtiments nous commençons par des monuments classés du XIXème siècle et terminons avec un gratte-ciel de ce siècle.

Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Food and Architecture of 1893

On this "see and taste" walking tour, you can imagine what Chicago looked like during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, while tasting new foods that were introduced at the fair.

Price
$35 public, $23 CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$35 public, $23 CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Discover Chicago's Historic Neighborhoods

CAF has partnered with Big Bus Chicago for a tour that explores Chicago's mosaic of neighborhoods. Every day at 10:30am, discover five fascinating communities from a seat on an open-top bus. You'll get an intriguing look at the art, architecture and history…

Price
$35 public, $27 CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$35 public, $27 CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Tiffany Treasures

Learn about the life and work of Louis Comfort Tiffany as we visit some of Chicago’s most magnificent art-glass and mosaic installations, each designed and crafted by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company.

Price
$15 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Cultural Center south entrance, 78 E. Washington

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$15 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Cultural Center south entrance, 78 E. Washington

Historic Skyscrapers

Chicago is home to some of the world’s earliest skyscrapers. Get an up-close look at these 19th Century marvels, learn about innovations used to build them and discover how they transformed Chicago into a center of skyscraper design and engineering…

Price
$15 public, Free to CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building, Michigan Ave. & Congress Pkwy.

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Price
$15 public, Free to CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building, Michigan Ave. & Congress Pkwy.

Railway Exchange (Santa Fe) Building

Completed in 1904, the Railway Exchange Building features a sumptuous light court, beautiful glazed terra cotta details and a breathtaking grand staircase. It was in this building where Daniel Burnham produced the 1909 Plan of Chicago, where several architecture…

Duration
0.75 Hour
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Duration
0.75 Hour
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.