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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

Discover Chicago's Historic Neighborhoods

CAF has partnered with Big Bus Chicago for a tour that explores Chicago's mosaic of neighborhoods. Every day at 10:30am, discover five fascinating communities from a seat on an open-top bus. You'll get an intriguing look at the art, architecture and history…

Price
$30 public, $27 CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Michigan Ave., between Adams St. and Jackson Blvd, just north of the CAF Shop and Tour Center

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Price
$30 public, $27 CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Michigan Ave., between Adams St. and Jackson Blvd, just north of the CAF Shop and Tour Center

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.

Bronzeville

Once home to European-American merchants, Bronzeville is now primarily an African-American community as a result of the Great Migration. See how this historic neighborhood celebrates its fascinating past as it looks to the future.

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

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

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
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago's Amazing Fair of 1893

CAF's family tour, Chicago's Amazing Fair of 1893, is designed for those with elementary-aged children. It tells the stories of the World's Fair of 1893 in such a way that all family members are sure to enjoy.

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

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
CAF Shop and 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
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
6 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Devil in the White City

This tour explores the compelling true story told by Erik Larson in his best selling book, "The Devil in the White City," about two simultaneous events in Chicago history: the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the emergence of serial murderer…

Price
$55 public, $47 CAF members
Duration
3.25 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public, $47 CAF members
Duration
3.25 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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
Meet
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.

Farnsworth House by Bus

Farnsworth House—the famous glass house along the bank of the Fox River—is one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951. A founder and leader of the modernist movement in Europe, Mies lived…

Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
4.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
4.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Farnsworth House Plus

Farnsworth House—the famous glass house along the bank of the Fox River—is one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951. A founder and leader of the modernist movement in Europe, Mies lived…

Price
$75 public, $67 CAF members
Duration
7.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$75 public, $67 CAF members
Duration
7.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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
Meet
CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.*

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 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
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Holiday Lights, City Lights

Don’t let the cold weather deter you from admiring Chicago’s stunning architecture! Hop aboard Big Bus Chicago and hear the stories of great architects and leaders who shaped the city while taking in twinkling holiday and building lights.

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

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