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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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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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$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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2 Hours
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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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$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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2 Hours
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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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$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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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…

Price
$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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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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$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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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
$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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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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$15 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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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$15 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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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…

Price
$30 non-members, $22 CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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$30 non-members, $22 CAF members
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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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$40 non-members, $20 CAF members, FREE for members of CAF and AIC
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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$40 non-members, $20 CAF members, FREE for members of CAF and AIC
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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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Adults- $15, Members- Free
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2 Hours
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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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$15 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Metra-Rock Island commuter station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

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$15 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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2 Hours
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Metra-Rock Island commuter station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

Big Data Intersections

This special 90-minute walking tour investigates how data is transforming how we plan, design and build cities. At several intersections in the Loop, view digital data visualizations and hear how this information is helping designers and citizens identify…

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Adults- $20, Members- $12
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Adults- $20, Members- $12
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1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Calvary Cemetery: Catholics in Chicago

Join us as we visit Chicagoland's oldest Catholic cemetery to see the resting places of prominent Irish and Italian Americans, including graves of the recently deceased Jane Byrne as well as three other Chicago mayors. On this tour we will examine the…

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$15 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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Inside the Calvary Cemetery gate, 301 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL

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$15 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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2 Hours
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Inside the Calvary Cemetery gate, 301 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Experience the allure of a historic, exclusive men's club transformed into a 21st century luxury hotel. You will see old world craftsmanship restored to its original elegance, plus renovated and newly added spaces, all part of a rebirth befitting this…

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$15 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1 Hour
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Inside front entrance of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave.

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$15 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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Inside front entrance of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave.

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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$15 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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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$15 non-members, FREE for CAF members
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1 Hour
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Inside building lobby at 141 W. Jackson Blvd. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.