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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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Vice to Nice: Transformation of the South Loop

The story of the South Loop is complete with characters, corruption, renewal and transformation. Explore how an area known for vice, gangsters, a few famous madams and a lot of abandoned railroad tracks has transformed into today’s thriving South Loop…

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

Walk Pilsen

Discover Pilsen, a neighborhood that continues to welcome immigrants, adding to the mosaic that enriches urban life. Walk a vibrant community whose architecture and art reflect the dreams of all who come to Chicago. Trace European and Mexican influences…

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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On 18th St. at the CTA Pink Line "L" station, just west of Paulina St.

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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2 Hours
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On 18th St. at the CTA Pink Line "L" station, just west of Paulina St.

Walk the 606

A 90-minute, one mile walking tour of the 606/Bloomingdale Trail, an elevated walking and bicycling trail and linear park on top of the beautifully restored Bloomingdale railroad viaduct on Chicago’s northwest side.

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Benches at the trail entrance above the street intersection of Marshfield and Bloomingdale Avenues

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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1.5 Hours
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Benches at the trail entrance above the street intersection of Marshfield and Bloomingdale Avenues

White City Revisited

Explore Jackson Park, site of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and future home to the Obama Presidential Center.

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Jackson Park in the parking lot at the northeast corner of Hayes Dr. and Cornell Ave.

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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2 Hours
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Jackson Park in the parking lot at the northeast corner of Hayes Dr. and Cornell Ave.

Wicker Park

Learn the history of this Northwest Side classic Chicago neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Developed by numerous immigrant communities beginning in the 1870s, today it is a diverse mix of economic levels and architectural…

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park, a few steps west of the fountain

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park, a few steps west of the fountain

Willis Tower and 311 S. Wacker Drive

Originally named the Sears Tower, Willis Tower was the world's tallest building when completed in 1974. Learn how architects met the challenges of designing a super-tall building and compare Willis Tower, a testament to Modernism, with 311 S. Wacker Drive…

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
0.75 Hour
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Inside the Wacker Dr. entrance of Willis Tower at the south end

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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0.75 Hour
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Inside the Wacker Dr. entrance of Willis Tower at the south end

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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$20 public, FREE for CAF members
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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.

Self Guided Audio Tour: German

Können Sie nicht persönlich an einer unserer Touren teilnehmen? Dann buchen Sie eine Hörführung in Ihrer Muttersprache! Wir bieten zwei Touren auf Deutsch an – die Entstehung des Wolkenkratzers (Historische Wolkenkratzer) und Moderne Wolkenkratzer…

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.

Self Guided Audio Tour: Japanese

Can't join us for a tour? Then rent an audio device in your native language! Two tours are available in Japanese- Historic Downtown and Modern Skyscrapers (1950's-present). Pick-up the personal listening device anytime on the day you have reserved…

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.

Self Guided Audio Tour: Spanish

Por favor, no se preocupe del horario que dice que debe recogerlo a las 9 de la mañana. Lo puede recoger a cualquier hora antes de las 16 hs del día reservado. Debe devolver el aparato el mismo día.

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
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
Meet
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.