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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
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2 Hours
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Historic Skyscrapers

Chicago is more than just the birthplace of the skyscraper—it’s also where most innovations in skyscraper design originated. On this tour, take a step back in time to the late 1800s, to hear stories behind the city’s world-famous early tall buildings…

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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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Chicago Masterworks, Connecting Old and New

Chicago Masterworks offers a lively overview of Chicago architecture in context, exploring iconic buildings from the 1870s to the present. We’ll encounter a variety of architectural styles, connect older structures to new additions to the city’s skyline…

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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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Chicago Modern

Iconic modern and contemporary skyscrapers, as well as works by world-renowned artists, are featured on this 90-minute walking tour. Chicago was at the forefront of Modernism, the style that revolutionized our visual world during the mid-20th century…

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$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 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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1.5 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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$20 non-members, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 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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1.5 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…

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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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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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$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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Tiffany Treasures

Visit four of Chicago’s most magnificent art-glass and mosaic installations, each designed and crafted by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. Included are a vault, a rotunda, several domes and light fixtures in four landmark buildings of the late-19th…

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$40 non-members, $20 CAF members, FREE for members of AIC and CAF
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave. Tour ends at Macy’s.

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$40 non-members, $20 CAF members, FREE for members of AIC and CAF
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2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave. Tour ends at Macy’s.

Aqua and Lakeshore East

Take this short walk to encounter a skyscraper that’s earned high praise from architects and critics around the world: the Aqua Tower, designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects. In addition to the building, you’ll learn about its Lakeshore…

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

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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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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$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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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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1.5 Hours
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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 Chicago mayor Jane Byrne, as well as three other Chicago mayors. On this tour we will examine the rise of Catholics…

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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

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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
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1 Hour
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Inside front entrance of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave.

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Inside front entrance of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave.