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

Skyline Vistas by Trolley

Opportunities for great photos at every stop. See Chicago's expansive downtown parks, emerging residential neighborhoods, and commercial developments on this introductory tour of Chicago. Learn how both man and nature impacted the development of the city…

Price
$25 public, $22 CAF members
Duration
1.75 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$25 public, $22 CAF members
Duration
1.75 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Art Deco Skyscrapers: Riverfront Trolley and Walking Tour

Ride the trolley to the Chicago River, then step off to tour the lobbies of six opulent Art Deco skyscrapers. A popular modern style of the Roaring '20s, Art Deco's lavish materials and geometric ornament adorned new office towers as Chicago's business…

Price
$25 public, $22 CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$25 public, $22 CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

50 Years of Chicago Architecture

Celebrate the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 50th anniversary on an exclusive bus tour featuring five decades of prominent sites not visited by other CAF tours. Select your Saturday or Sunday departure, offered now through September, 2016, only.

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

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this tour, but CAF offers similar tours that we think you’ll want to learn more about.

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

Architecture in the Round

See three of architect Bertrand Goldberg's designs as they were meant to be seen: in their totality. Inspect Goldberg's use of structure and form to produce space in River City, Hilliard Homes and—of course—Marina City.

Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
3.5 Hours
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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.

Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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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
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CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Note: The annual departure of this special CAF tour will be scheduled again next year. Until then, CAF offers similar tours that we think you’ll want to learn more about.

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Duration
4 Hours
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CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this tour, but CAF offers similar tours that we think you’ll want to learn more about.

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

Churches By Bus

In Chicago's western suburbs, explore houses of worship built in a variety of architectural styles, including Neo-Gothic, Romanesque, Queen Anne Revival and Prairie Style.

Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
6 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
6 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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

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

Discover Chicago's Historic Neighborhoods

CAF has partnered with Big Bus Chicago for a tour that explores Chicago's mosaic of neighborhoods. Discover five fascinating communities from the seats of an open-top bus, and get an intriguing look at the art, architecture and history of Greektown, Little…

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Michigan Ave., between Adams St. and Jackson Blvd, just north of the CAF Shop and Tour Center

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. Please email tickets@architecture.org to be notified when tickets are available.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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Michigan Ave., between Adams St. and Jackson Blvd, just north of the CAF Shop and Tour Center

Emerging Chicago

On the 11th-annual Emerging Chicago bus tour, visit projects that are redefining our city. Explore rapidly-changing spaces along the Chicago River, from the rehabbed main lobby of the Merchandise Mart to three new skyscrapers on the river.

Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
4 Hours
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
4 Hours
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Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Farnsworth House

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

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Price
$50 public, $42 CAF members
Duration
4.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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 non-members, $67 CAF members
Duration
7.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$75 non-members, $67 CAF members
Duration
7.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and 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
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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.