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THE NEW CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE CENTER OPENS AUG. 31

Located at 111 E. Wacker Dr. at Michigan Avenue, the CAC will be a place to discover the stories and secrets behind Chicago’s magnificent architecture—through exhibits, tours and programs.

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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

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 and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Note: The annual departure of this special CAF tour will be scheduled again next year. To get tour updates, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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

Chicago Murals

Highlights from this brand new tour include murals in a high school, a park and a union hall, ranging from the Progressive Era to contemporary murals.

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

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

Churches By Bus

Explore a church turned Buddhist temple, a Benedictine monastery turned bed & breakfast and several other houses of worship in Bridgeport. This tour has six stops that cover a variety of architectural styles from the late 19th Century and early 20th Century…

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

Emerging Chicago

Our 13th annual Emerging Chicago bus tour offers the opportunity to visit exciting new projects designed by Gensler, the world’s largest architecture firm. Join us as we celebrate the firm’s 20 years of influence in Chicago.

Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
4 Hours
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Gensler Offices, 11 E. Madison St.

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
4 Hours
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Gensler Offices, 11 E. Madison St.

Fort Sheridan by Bus

Discover stunningly beautiful Fort Sheridan, a residential area just north of Chicago with more than 60 buildings designed by Holabird and Roche.

Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.*

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
5 Hours
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CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.*

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

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

Parks by Bus

You may have driven past them or rode by on bike paths, but have you ever really explored the nature preserves on both sides of Lakeshore Drive? This year's Parks by Bus tour will take you to four parks near Lake Michigan, with time to stop and smell…

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

Schools by Bus

On the fourth annual Schools by Bus tour, we’ll visit four historic school buildings from the 1910s and 1920s and hear about the ever-changing ethnic heritage of the areas around them.

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

Note: The annual departure of this special CAF tour will be scheduled again next year. To get tour updates, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

Learn More

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

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
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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.