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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.

Recommended Tours

Walk the 606

Learn about The 606/Bloomingdale Trail and how it came to be during this 90-minute, one-mile walking tour along the beautifully restored Bloomingdale railroad viaduct on Chicago’s Northwest side.

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Trail entrance above Marshfield and Bloomingdale

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Trail entrance above Marshfield and Bloomingdale

White City Revisited

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

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Ave.

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at 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…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park

Willis Tower and 311 S. Wacker Drive

Explore Willis Tower and learn how the architects met the challenges of designing a super-tall building in the 1970s. We’ll also visit 311 S. Wacker Drive across the street and compare its Postmodern design to Willis Tower’s Modernism.

Duration
0.75 Hour
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Inside the Wacker Dr. entrance of Willis Tower

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this tour. To learn about other CAF tours and events, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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Duration
0.75 Hour
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Inside the Wacker Dr. entrance of Willis Tower

World's Fair 125th Anniversary Bus Tour

In 1893, Chicago hosted more than 27 million people from around the globe at the awe-inspiring World’s Columbian Exposition. Join us on this special, one-time bus and walking tour to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the extraordinary “White City…

Price
$60 public, $50 CAF members
Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$60 public, $50 CAF members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Women in Chicago Architecture

Women have been architects for decades, but its only in recent years that their achievements have been acknowledged. Today, women architects are reshaping Chicago's skyline. Join us as we travel through the Loop to view some of the new buildings and landscape…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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

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.

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

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this tour. To learn about other CAF tours and events, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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

Holiday Lights, City Lights (Lower Level)

Don’t let the cold weather deter you from admiring Chicago’s stunning architecture! Take a seat on the lower level of Big Bus Chicago and take in the city through large windows offering great views of twinkling holiday lights along Michigan Avenue…

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

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

Holiday Lights, City Lights (Top Deck)

Don’t let the cold weather deter you from admiring Chicago’s stunning architecture! Head up to the heated top deck of Big Bus Chicago and take in panoramic views of the skyline through a clear top shielding you from the elements.

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.

Architectural Highlights by Bus

Discover the exciting diversity of Chicago architecture on this wide-ranging odyssey, which traces the city’s development from its founding through present day.

Price
$45 public, $37 CAF members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$45 public, $37 CAF members
Duration
3.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Riverfront

Tour the lobbies of five opulent Art Deco skyscrapers built near the banks of the Chicago River during the business boom of the Roaring '20s. Learn how Art Deco reflected the era’s fun-loving optimism with lavish materials and geometric ornament.

Price
$26 public, Free for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
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.