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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Historic Treasures of Culture and Commerce

Learn about the great late 19th— and early 20th—century architectural landmarks of Michigan Ave. and State St., ranging from museums to department stores, skyscrapers to concert halls, including the Reliance Building, the Sullivan Center and the Chicago…

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Adults- $20, Members- Free
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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

Historic Skyscrapers

Step back in time to the late 1800s and explore how Chicago went from a city devastated by a great fire to a leader in skyscraper engineering and design.

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Adults- $20, Members- Free
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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

Intersections of Old and New Chicago

Explore Chicago architecture from the 1870s to the present while examining the intersections of streets, styles and cultures of our history. We’ll view many different architectural styles and examine how they have become essential elements of Chicago’s…

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Adults- $20, Members- Free
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Adults- $20, Members- Free
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2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Evolution of the Skyscraper

Chicago is known for building some of the world’s first skyscrapers, but how have their designs and technologies changed over time? Explore everything from classic buildings to super-tall highrises to discover how each one is representative of major…

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Adults- $20, Members- Free
Duration
1 Hour
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Adults- $20, Members- Free
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1 Hour
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Modern Skyscrapers

In the years following World War II, Chicago established itself as a world capital of Modern architecture. On this tour we examine many of the buildings that helped earn Chicago this reputation, from the elegant minimalism of Mies van der Rohe’s Federal…

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Adults- $20, Members- Free
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Adults- $20, Members- Free
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2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Art Deco Skyscrapers: Downtown

Art Deco was a popular, modern style whose lavish materials and geometric ornament epitomized the prosperity and optimism of the Roaring 20s. See how the style enriches the soaring exteriors and opulent interiors of some of the city's most beautiful skyscrapers…

Price
Adults- $20, Members- Free
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Adults- $20, Members- Free
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2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Aqua and Lakeshore East

Come along as we take a short walk to view a skyscraper that has garnered high praise from architects and critics around the world: the Aqua at Lakeshore East by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang. In addition to focusing on the building itself, the tour will…

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Adults- $15, Members- Free
Duration
1 Hour
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Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. Ending point is the Park at Lakeshore East (near Aqua at 225 N. Columbus Dr.)

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Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. Ending point is the Park at Lakeshore East (near Aqua at 225 N. Columbus Dr.)

Art Deco Skyscrapers: Riverfront Trolley and Walking Tour

Art Deco was a popular, modern style whose lavish materials and geometric ornament epitomized the prosperity and optimism of the Roaring 20s. As the city's central business district expanded to, and across, the Chicago River, sumptuous Art Deco office…

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Adults- $30, Members- $22
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Adults- $30, Members- $22
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2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Art Institute of Chicago: The Campus and Modern Wing

In partnership with the Art Institute, explore how various styles of architecture, sculpture and landscapes interact to create a unique museum campus. We’ll visit both the interior and exterior of the museum including its newest addition, the critically…

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Adults- $38, CAF Members- $18, Members of AIC and CAF- Free
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave. Tour ends at the Modern Wing.

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Adults- $38, CAF Members- $18, Members of AIC and CAF- Free
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1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave. Tour ends at the Modern Wing.

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.

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Adults- $15, Members- Free
Duration
2 Hours
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Metra-Rock Island commuter station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

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Metra-Rock Island commuter 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…

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Adults- $15, Members- Free
Duration
2 Hours
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Metra-Rock Island commuter station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

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Metra-Rock Island commuter station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

Calvary Cemetery: Catholics in Chicago

Meet some of Chicago’s sinners and saints on this walk through Calvary Cemetery—the oldest cemetery owned by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Learn about the Catholics who came to the city to help immigrants, build churches, start businesses, organize…

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Adults- $15, Members- Free
Duration
2 Hours
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Inside the Calvary Cemetery gate (301 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL)

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Inside the Calvary Cemetery gate (301 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL)

Chicago Board of Trade Building

The Chicago Board of Trade is a Loop icon that anchors the LaSalle St. financial corridor. Visit the three buildings that comprise the Board of Trade and showcase three distinct architectural styles. We will also see newly renovated spaces, historic photos…

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Adults- $15, Members- Free
Duration
1 Hour
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Inside building lobby at 141 W. Jackson Blvd. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.

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Inside building lobby at 141 W. Jackson Blvd. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.

Civil War and Chicago's Role: Rosehill Cemetery

Hear the stories of the heroes, villains and ordinary citizens on this visit to Rosehill Cemetery. Learn about men who were instrumental in the nomination of Lincoln, discover the role of newspaper editors in this struggle and see how women contributed…

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Adults- $15, Members- Free
Duration
2 Hours
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Inside east entrance gate, at the intersection of 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave. and Rosehill Dr.

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Inside east entrance gate, at the intersection of 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave. and Rosehill Dr.

Civil War to Civil Rights at Oak Woods Cemetery

Oak Woods Cemetery is the final resting place of thousands of confederate soldiers—in the impressive Confederate Mound—as well as some of the most important African Americans who fought for Civil Rights. Explore Oak Woods and learn the stories behind…

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Adults- $15, Members- Free
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Inside the cemetery at The Confederate Mound, 1035 E. 67th St.

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Inside the cemetery at The Confederate Mound, 1035 E. 67th St.