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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 11:30am, discover five fascinating communities from a seat on an open-top bus. You'll get an intriguing look at the art, architecture and history…

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. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email tickets@architecture.org.

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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.

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

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

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Price
$25 public, $22 CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
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.

Duration
3.5 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
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: 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
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'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.

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

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Price
$55 public, $47 CAF members
Duration
3.25 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 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…

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

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email tickets@architecture.org.

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Duration
4.5 Hours
Meet
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…

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

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email tickets@architecture.org.

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Duration
7.5 Hours
Meet
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…

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

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email tickets@architecture.org.

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

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.

Note: Choose either a top deck or lower level seat to see available dates and times.

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

Private and Custom Tour Experiences

Let us arrange a private or custom architecture tour for you! An experienced and knowledgeable CAF docent can take you on an existing tour or create a tour based on your interests. These tours are perfect for anyone looking for a more exclusive experience…

Note: Private and custom tours can be scheduled by contacting Group Sales at 312.322.1130 or groupsales@architecture.org.

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University of Chicago by Bus

See firsthand the rise of a new architectural era on the University of Chicago's campus as we explore the interiors of four buildings that are not typically open to the public.

Duration
3 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
3 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.