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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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Fort Sheridan

Discover the history and architecture of Fort Sheridan, a former military base listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Designed by one of Chicago's most influential architects, Holabird and Roche, its buildings served military purposes from…

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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2 Hours
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Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio, 912 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio, 912 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL

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…

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

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

Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park

Oak Park is home to the world’s largest collection of Wright-designed buildings. Join us on this tour featuring exteriors of a rich selection of Wright-designed structures, Prairie style and Victorian homes.

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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1 Hour
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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL

Frank Lloyd Wright Neighborhoods by Bus

Follow Frank Lloyd Wright's career from 1899 to 1913, when his designs changed the face of the American family home. See more than 25 homes, including the Martin, Cheney and Roberts homes, which are not featured on any other CAF tour.

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

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

French Language: Historic and Modern Skyscrapers

Tour en Français des gratte-ciel historiques et modernes du centre de Chicago. Ce tour, en français, comprend des gratte-ciel historiques et modernes. Pour tracer l’histoire de ces bâtiments nous commençons par des monuments classés du XIXème…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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la boutique de CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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$20 public, FREE for CAF members
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2 Hours
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la boutique de CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Fulton-Randolph Market: From Gritty to Gourmet

Discover the fascinating 150-year evolution of the Fulton-Randolph Market District from food wholesaling and meatpacking to gourmet restaurants, technology hubs and art galleries. See how commercial and industrial buildings incorporate design elements…

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$15 public, FREE for CAF Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CTA Morgan St. Station at the intersection of Lake and Morgan Streets

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$15 public, FREE for CAF Members
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1.5 Hours
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CTA Morgan St. Station at the intersection of Lake and Morgan Streets

Gold Coast: Astor Street

Discover the architectural treasures of the Gold Coast, one of Chicago’s most affluent neighborhoods. See residential architecture along Lake Shore Dr. and in the Astor Street Historic District, with elegant homes in the Romanesque, Queen Anne, Tudor…

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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In the park at the Dr. Greene Vardiman Black statue across from the Cardinal’s Mansion at North Ave. between State and Astor Streets

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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In the park at the Dr. Greene Vardiman Black statue across from the Cardinal’s Mansion at North Ave. between State and Astor Streets

Gold Coast: Dearborn Street

See some of Chicago's most beautiful and diverse residences on this delightful walk along three blocks of the multifaceted Dearborn Street. Learn the history of this storied Near North neighborhood, which was established in the wake of the Chicago Fire…

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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At the southern edge of the park directly north of the intersection of Dearborn St. and North Ave.

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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At the southern edge of the park directly north of the intersection of Dearborn St. and North Ave.

Graceland Cemetery

Beautiful and serene, Graceland Cemetery is a treasured oasis in the center of our bustling city. Notables interred here are Chicago's movers and shakers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Daniel Burnham, Potter Palmer, Charles Wacker, George…

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Northeast corner of Clark St. and Irving Park Rd. intersection, inside the entrance to Graceland Cemetery

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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2 Hours
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Northeast corner of Clark St. and Irving Park Rd. intersection, inside the entrance to Graceland Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery: Symbols in Stone

As we explore a venerable section of Graceland Cemetery, we’ll discuss the meanings of and changes to gravestone symbols and shapes, from Victorian times to the present day. We’ll see a variety of obelisks and mausoleums, as well as distinctive memorials…

Duration
2 Hours
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Northeast corner of Clark St. and Irving Park Rd. intersection, inside the entrance to Graceland Cemetery

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2 Hours
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Northeast corner of Clark St. and Irving Park Rd. intersection, inside the entrance to Graceland Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery: Women of Influence

During Chicago’s period of growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women played a hugely influential role by participating in the Underground Railroad, exhibiting the first Modern Art paintings, creating the juvenile justice system and even…

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Northeast corner of Clark St. and Irving Park Rd. intersection, inside the entrance to Graceland Cemetery

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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Northeast corner of Clark St. and Irving Park Rd. intersection, inside the entrance to Graceland Cemetery

Grant Park Secrets

Grant Park’s landscape is both front yard and recreation spot for Chicago. But did you know that the area was once under water? Or that at one time it housed an airfield, a major league sports team and the tomb of a Civil War hero? Join us as we unlock…

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

Hidden (Mostly Indoor) Art

Walk with us and find the truly fine art hiding in building lobbies across the Loop—and a few on the buildings themselves. Find out why these pieces are placed where they are, discover new artists and learn how the art and the buildings complement each…

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1 Hour
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Outside the building at 222 N. LaSalle St. Tour ends at the 120 N. LaSalle St. across from City Hall.

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1 Hour
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Outside the building at 222 N. LaSalle St. Tour ends at the 120 N. LaSalle St. across from City Hall.

Hidden (Mostly Outdoor) Art

See what you might not see—fine art hidden in the open. Find out why what’s there is there, discover artists new to you, see old friends in new ways and learn why building owners and managers want art at their buildings.

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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Northwest Corner of Randolph & Michigan, in front of 150 North Michigan Building.

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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Northwest Corner of Randolph & Michigan, in front of 150 North Michigan Building.

Highland Park

Trace the history of Highland Park from pioneer settlement to summer retreat for wealthy Chicagoans to year-round suburb. Encounter residential architectural styles ranging from log cabins to Historic Revival mansions to Prairie School and International…

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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In front of Highland Park City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park, IL, 60035

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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2 Hours
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In front of Highland Park City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park, IL, 60035