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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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Churches By Bus

In Chicago's western suburbs, explore houses of worship built in a variety of architectural styles, including Neo-Gothic, Romanesque, Queen Anne Revival and Prairie Style.

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

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

Civil War and Chicago's Role: Rosehill Cemetery

Hear the stories of the heroes, villains and ordinary citizens on this visit to Rosehill Cemetery. Learn about men who were instrumental in the nomination of Lincoln, discover the role of newspaper editors in this struggle and see how women contributed…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Inside east entrance gate, at the intersection of 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave. and Rosehill Dr.

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Inside east entrance gate, at the intersection of 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave. and Rosehill Dr.

Civil War to Civil Rights at Oak Woods Cemetery

Oak Woods Cemetery is the final resting place of thousands of confederate soldiers—in the impressive Confederate Mound—as well as some of the most important African Americans who fought for Civil Rights. Explore Oak Woods and learn the stories behind…

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
1035 E. 67th St., inside the cemetery's S. Greenwood Ave. entrance

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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1035 E. 67th St., inside the cemetery's S. Greenwood Ave. entrance

Cliff Dwellers at Borg Warner

The Cliff Dwellers provides a great view of the lake and Grant Park, but you will be surprised by its history and its art and architectural connections to Louis Sullivan, Howard Van Doren Shaw and writer Hamlin Garland, who founded it in 1907. The Cliff…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
0.75 Hour
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
0.75 Hour
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Daniel Burnham: Architect, Planner, Leader

Explore some of Burnham’s best-known landmarks as well as lesser-known designs on this tour that examines all facets of Burnham’s legacy—as an architect, planner and leader in Chicago, the city he cherished.

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

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

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

Devil in the White City

This tour explores the compelling true story told by Erik Larson in his best selling book, "The Devil in the White City," about two simultaneous events in Chicago history: the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the emergence of serial murderer…

Price
$55 public, $47 CAF members
Duration
3.25 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$55 public, $47 CAF members
Duration
3.25 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Elevated Architecture: South Side "L" Train

Starting and ending in Chicago's downtown, you will embark on an exciting journey on the elevated trains discovering the evolution of near south side neighborhoods, particularly Bronzeville, Chinatown and the South Loop. Much of the tour takes place on…

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

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

Emerging Chicago

Visit projects that are redefining our city on the 11th annual Emerging Chicago bus tour. This year we’ll visit rapidly changing spaces along the Chicago River on bus and on foot.

Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
4 Hours
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
4 Hours
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Evanston Along the Lake

This walk through Evanston's Lakeshore Historic District explores a variety of churches and residences in the town that became Daniel Burnham's "country retreat" and which is still considered one of Chicago's most desirable suburbs.

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Evanston's Raymond Park at the intersection of Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Evanston's Raymond Park at the intersection of Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

Farnsworth House

Farnsworth House—the famous glass house along the bank of the Fox River—is one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951. A founder and leader of the modernist movement in Europe, Mies lived…

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

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

Farnsworth House PLUS

Farnsworth House—the famous glass house along the bank of the Fox River—is one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951. A founder and leader of the modernist movement in Europe, Mies lived…

Price
$75 non-members, $67 CAF members
Duration
7.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$75 non-members, $67 CAF members
Duration
7.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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
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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.

Food and Architecture of 1893

On this "see and taste" walking tour, you will see what downtown Chicago looked like at the time of the 1893 World's Fair as well as taste new foods that were introduced at the fair. By 1893, Chicago was the second largest city in the country, and hosted…

Price
$23 public, $15 CAF members
Duration
1.75 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$23 public, $15 CAF members
Duration
1.75 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Food, History, Architecture and the Berghoff

Learn about the impact several successful immigrants had on the architecture and culture of Chicago and admire a few lesser known buildings before touring the home of one of America's oldest family owned and operated restaurants. Revel in a fascinating…

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

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