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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.

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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 the very present.

Price
$45 public, $37 CAF members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$45 public, $37 CAF members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Historic Skyscrapers

Chicago is home to some of the world's earliest skyscrapers and innovations required to make a tall building. On this tour, take a step back in time to the late 19th century to see and experience these world-famous early tall buildings that transformed…

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

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

Beverly (North): Elegance on the Ridge

Once home to some of Chicago’s wealthiest families, Beverly’s mansions are still among the most beautiful in the city. During this tour we’ll view some of Beverly’s mansions along with homes that are merely large and unique.

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Metra station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Metra station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

Beverly (South): A Castle, Mansions and More

Tour one of Chicago’s most fascinating neighborhoods, Beverly. Explore two houses built just after the Great Fire of 1871, a Frank Lloyd Wright home and a true Chicago castle. This tour showcases part of Chicago’s Longwood Drive Landmark District…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Metra station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email tickets@architecture.org.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Metra station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

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
Meet
410 S. Michigan Ave., in front of the building

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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410 S. Michigan Ave., in front of the building

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…

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

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Price
$55 public, $47 CAF members
Duration
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.

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park

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.

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…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

Hyde Park

In addition to being the site of the 1893 World’s Fair, Hyde Park is also home to the University of Chicago and many significant buildings, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Robie House. See these sites as well as pre-Chicago Fire houses…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
59th St. and Woodlawn Ave., Rockefeller Chapel

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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59th St. and Woodlawn Ave., Rockefeller Chapel

Kenilworth: South Route

Kenilworth, the youngest and smallest community on the North Shore, remains today much as it was conceived by its founder, Joseph Sears, in the late 1880s. His dream was to establish a planned community reminiscent of a small English village.

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Kenilworth Railroad Station at Green Bay Rd.

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
2 Hours
Meet
Kenilworth Railroad Station at Green Bay Rd.

Kenwood

Experience the stately neighborhood that was chosen by Chicago's early industrialists, by modern-day innovators and by President Barack Obama. In the Kenwood historic district, discover 19th-century mansions, picturesque coach houses and striking contemporary…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Woodlawn Ave. and E. Hyde Park Blvd. (51st St.)

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Woodlawn Ave. and E. Hyde Park Blvd. (51st St.)

Lake Bluff

Explore the fascinating history reflected in the unique designs of the North Shore suburb of Lake Bluff. Trace the history from the formation of the Lake Bluff Camp Meeting Association, and their plans for a resort similar to the Chautauqua movement,…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
600 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff train station

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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600 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff train station

Louis Sullivan: Lost and Found

The trailblazing designs of Louis H. Sullivan (1856—1924) prefigured Modern architecture. To honor him, this tour explores his work in the Loop—what’s still standing and what’s fallen. In cooperation with the Art Institute of Chicago, we’ll…

Price
$40 public, $21 CAF members, FREE for members of CAF and AIC
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$40 public, $21 CAF members, FREE for members of CAF and AIC
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Private and Custom Tour Experiences

Let us arrange a private or custom architecture tour for you! An experienced and knowledgeable CAF docent can take you on an existing tour or create a tour based on your interests. These tours are perfect for anyone looking for a more exclusive experience…

Note: Private and custom tours can be scheduled by contacting Group Sales at 312.322.1130 or groupsales@architecture.org.

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