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Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

Chicago’s First Lady is committed to taking the proper precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its river cruise guests and team, including ensuring that boats are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and their service. Chicago’s First Lady…

Price
Tickets start at $46.29 (plus tax) for daytime river cruise, Tickets start at $51.02 (plus tax) for evening cruise, VISIT THE CAC FOR JUST $5 EXTRA!
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Northeast corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. Look for the blue awning marking the stairway entrance.

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Price
Tickets start at $46.29 (plus tax) for daytime river cruise, Tickets start at $51.02 (plus tax) for evening cruise, VISIT THE CAC FOR JUST $5 EXTRA!
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Northeast corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. Look for the blue awning marking the stairway entrance.

Historic Skyscrapers

Chicago is home to some of the world’s earliest skyscrapers. Get an up-close look at these 19th Century marvels, learn about innovations used to build them and discover how they transformed Chicago into a center of skyscraper design and engineering…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free to CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michigan Ave.*

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free to CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michigan Ave.*

Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Loop

View Art Deco masterpieces built in the heart of Chicago’s financial district during the Roaring '20s. Learn how Art Deco reflected the era’s fun-loving optimism with lavish materials and geometric ornament.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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In front of 30 N. LaSalle St.

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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In front of 30 N. LaSalle St.

Tiffany Treasures

Learn about the life and work of Louis Comfort Tiffany as we visit some of Chicago’s most magnificent art-glass and mosaic installations, each designed and crafted by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Cultural Center north lobby, 77 E. Randolph

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Cultural Center north lobby, 77 E. Randolph

Aqua, Vista and Lakeshore East

In just one hour, discover Chicago’s newest neighborhood, Lakeshore East, with a walk around two notable buildings designed by woman-led Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower and the soon-to-be-completed Vista Tower.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
Outside the CAC, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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Outside the CAC, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Metra station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Metra station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

Chicago Architecture: A Walk Through Time

Want a quick introduction to Chicago’s magnificent architecture? This 90-minute tour takes a comprehensive look at the city’s architectural history by viewing buildings in chronological order, from early skyscrapers to new supertall high rises.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Mid-Century Modern

Looking for iconic Mid-Century Modern architecture? What better place than Chicago with its triumvirate of modern architects (Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg and SOM) and a city ready and willing to accept them. Find out what set these buildings…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Civil War and Chicago's Role: Rosehill Cemetery

Hear the stories of the heroes, villains and ordinary citizens on this visit to Rosehill Cemetery. Learn about men who were instrumental in the nomination of Lincoln, discover the role of newspaper editors in this struggle and see how women contributed…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
5800 N. Ravenswood Ave., inside entrance gate

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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5800 N. Ravenswood Ave., inside entrance gate

Civil War to Civil Rights at Oak Woods Cemetery

Hear the stories behind the people buried at the beautiful and tranquil Oak Woods Cemetery on Chicago’s South Side, from important local African Americans who fought for Civil Rights to Confederate prisoners of war.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

Evanston Along the Lake

This walk through Evanston's Lakeshore Historic District explores a variety of churches and residences in the town that became Daniel Burnham's "country retreat" and which is still considered one of Chicago's most desirable suburbs.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Evanston's Raymond Park, Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

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$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Evanston's Raymond Park, Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

Explore Chinatown

Discover the art, architecture and history of Chinatown on this 90-minute walk, which includes stops at a Chinese bakery and a former Italian church. The tour concludes near some of Chinatown’s tastiest restaurants, convenient for those wanting to stay…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

Fort Sheridan

Discover the history and architecture of Fort Sheridan, a former military base listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Designed by one of Chicago's most influential architects, Holabird and Roche, its buildings served military purposes from…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
912 Lyster Rd., Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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912 Lyster Rd., Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio

Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park

Oak Park is home to the world’s largest collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Join us on this tour to view the exteriors of a rich selection of Wright's structures, including Prairie style and Victorian homes.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park

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$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park

Fulton-Randolph Market: From Gritty to Gourmet

Discover the fascinating 150-year evolution of the Fulton-Randolph Market District from food wholesaling and meatpacking to gourmet restaurants, technology hubs and boutique hotels.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
CTA Morgan St Station, corner of Lake and Morgan

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CTA Morgan St Station, corner of Lake and Morgan