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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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50 Years of Chicago Architecture

Celebrate the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 50th anniversary on an exclusive bus tour featuring five decades of prominent sites not visited by other CAF tours. Select your Saturday or Sunday departure, offered now through September, 2016, only.

Duration
2.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Duration
2.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Aqua and Lakeshore East

Take this short walk to encounter the Lakeshore East neighborhood and Aqua Tower, a skyscraper designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects that has earned high praise from architects and critics around the world.

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. Ending point is the Park at Lakeshore East (near Aqua at 225 N. Columbus Dr.)

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. Ending point is the Park at Lakeshore East (near Aqua at 225 N. Columbus Dr.)

Architecture in the Round

See three of architect Bertrand Goldberg's designs as they were meant to be seen: in their totality. Inspect Goldberg's use of structure and form to produce space in River City, Hilliard Homes and—of course—Marina City.

Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Art Institute of Chicago: The Campus and Modern Wing

In partnership with the Art Institute, explore how various styles of architecture, sculpture and landscapes interact to create a unique museum campus. We’ll visit both the interior and exterior of the museum including its newest addition, the critically…

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave. Tour ends at the Modern Wing.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave. Tour ends at the Modern Wing.

Beverly (North): Elegance on the Ridge

Once home to some of Chicago’s wealthiest families, Beverly’s mansions are still among the most beautiful in the city. During this tour we’ll view some of Beverly’s mansions along with homes that are merely large and unique.

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Metra-Rock Island commuter station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Metra-Rock Island commuter station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

Beverly (South): A Castle, Mansions and More

Tour one of Chicago’s most fascinating neighborhoods, Beverly. Explore two houses built just after the Great Fire of 1871, a Frank Lloyd Wright home and a true Chicago castle. This tour showcases part of Chicago’s Longwood Drive Landmark District…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Metra-Rock Island commuter station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Metra-Rock Island commuter station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

Bike Humboldt, the 606 and Palmer Square

This leisurely ride takes us through some of Chicago’s constructed natural beauty. We’ll bike along a route that was once the city’s edge while examining a historic boulevard and park designed by William LeBaron Jenney and Jens Jensen. As we ride…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2.5 Hours
Meet
Humboldt Park Boathouse parking lot, 1301 N. Humboldt Dr.

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2.5 Hours
Meet
Humboldt Park Boathouse parking lot, 1301 N. Humboldt Dr.

Bohemian National Cemetery

Discover a wealth of stories told in stone and bronze at Bohemian National Cemetery. Since 1877, Bohemian National has remained the cemetery of choice for Chicago’s Bohemian and Czech immigrant communities. In this beautiful space, immigrants have vividly…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
5255 N. Pulaski Rd.; Inside the cemetery's front entry gate

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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5255 N. Pulaski Rd.; Inside the cemetery's front entry gate

Bronzeville

Once home to European-American merchants, Bronzeville is now primarily an African-American community as a result of the Great Migration. See how this historic neighborhood celebrates its fascinating past as it looks to the future.

Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Bungalow Belt by Bus

Between World War I and the Great Depression, more than 80,000 bungalows were built in Chicago. These one-and-a-half story homes—with detailed masonry and windows, dormered roofs, sheltered entrances and neat lawns—signified the pursuit of the American…

Duration
4 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Duration
4 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Calvary Cemetery: Catholics in Chicago

Join us as we visit Chicagoland's oldest Catholic cemetery to see the resting places of prominent Irish and Italian Americans, including Chicago mayor Jane Byrne, as well as three other Chicago mayors. On this tour we will examine the rise of Catholics…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Inside the Calvary Cemetery gate, 301 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL

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Duration
2 Hours
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Inside the Calvary Cemetery gate, 301 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL

Chicago Architecture Foundation Segway Tours

The most exciting way to experience Chicago’s amazing lakefront architecture! Feel the cool Lake Michigan air on your skin as you glide through Chicago’s renowned park system. Our expert docent will guide you along your two-wheeled journey and discuss…

Price
$75 public, $55 CAF members
Duration
2.5 Hours
Meet
Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd. Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.

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Price
$75 public, $55 CAF members
Duration
2.5 Hours
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Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd. Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Experience the allure of a historic, exclusive men's club transformed into a 21st century luxury hotel. You will see old world craftsmanship restored to its original elegance, plus renovated and newly added spaces, all part of a rebirth befitting this…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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Inside front entrance of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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Inside front entrance of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Board of Trade Building

The Chicago Board of Trade is an icon of the Loop that anchors the LaSalle Street financial corridor. Visit the three buildings that comprise the Board of Trade and showcase its three distinct architectural styles. We’ll also see newly designed and…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
Inside building lobby at 141 W. Jackson Blvd. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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Inside building lobby at 141 W. Jackson Blvd. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.

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

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. Please email tickets@architecture.org to be notified when tickets are available.

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