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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…

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Tickets start at $48.18 (plus tax) for daytime river cruise, Tickets start at $52.91 (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 E. Wacker Dr. Look for the blue awning marking the stairway entrance, 112 E. Wacker Dr.

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Tickets start at $48.18 (plus tax) for daytime river cruise, Tickets start at $52.91 (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 E. Wacker Dr. Look for the blue awning marking the stairway entrance, 112 E. Wacker Dr.

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
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago’s First 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
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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410 S. Michigan Ave.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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1.5 Hours
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410 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
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Outside 30 N. LaSalle St.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Outside 30 N. LaSalle St.

Historic Treasures of Chicago’s Golden Age

Learn about the great architectural landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street. The 40 years between 1890 and 1930 saw the creation of some of Chicago’s the most memorable buildings, many of which are featured on this tour.

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Must-See Chicago

Must-See Chicago is a fast-paced, 90-minute introductory tour to Chicago featuring some of its most famous buildings, including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, Willis (Sears) Tower, the Chicago Theatre and more!

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 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 Skyscrapers

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
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Millennium Park: Beyond the Bean

*Premier Tour: Learn how architects, artists and engineers collaborated with Chicago’s movers and shakers to transform a railroad yard and parking lot into a magnificent park that has thrilled millions and become the envy of cities around the world…

Price
$30 public, $15 Basic Members, FREE Donor-Level Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

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$30 public, $15 Basic Members, FREE Donor-Level Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

Humboldt Park

*Premier Tour: Walk the historic core in the largest Chicago’s West Side parks, created by many including William LeBaron Jenney and Jens Jensen. Discover architecture and sculpture that honor many of the immigrant groups that have created our city…

Price
$30 public, $15 for Basic Members, Free for Donor-Level Members
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At the Humboldt Park Boathouse portico, 1301 North Humboldt Drive

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$30 public, $15 for Basic Members, Free for Donor-Level Members
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At the Humboldt Park Boathouse portico, 1301 North Humboldt Drive

Gothic Chicago

*Premier Tour: Chicago is home to several styles of Gothic Architecture: French, English, Castellated, Collegiate, German, Spanish and Venetian, found in more than 90 structures scattered throughout the city. This tour highlights numerous examples of…

Price
$30 public, $15 Basic Members, Free Donor-Level Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Water Tower at Jayne Byrn Park, 801 E. Tower Ct.

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$30 public, $15 Basic Members, Free Donor-Level Members
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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Water Tower at Jayne Byrn Park, 801 E. Tower Ct.

Churches in Evanston

*Premier Tour: Evanston has been called the “City of Churches.” This walking tour near the city center features the exteriors of nine churches in the space of 10 blocks. Styles include Gothic, Romanesque, New England Meeting House, and Classical Revival…

Price
$30 public, $15 for Basic Members, FREE for Donor-Level Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Merrick Rose Garden, southwest corner of Oak Ave. and Lake St., 1426 Oak Ave. Evanston

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$30 public, $15 for Basic Members, FREE for Donor-Level Members
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1.5 Hours
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Merrick Rose Garden, southwest corner of Oak Ave. and Lake St., 1426 Oak Ave. Evanston

Historic Austin

*Premier Tour: Explore the architectural gems of Austin, a former “railroad suburb” on Chicago’s West side. Annexed in 1899, Austin became the home of numerous immigrant communities and remains a hub for many grand residences built in the fashionable…

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$30 public, $15 for Basic Members, FREE for Donor-Level Members
Duration
2 Hours
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Fountain at the east end of Midway Park, 5701 W Midway Park

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$30 public, $15 for Basic Members, FREE for Donor-Level Members
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2 Hours
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Fountain at the east end of Midway Park, 5701 W Midway Park

Kenilworth

*Premier Tour: Walk Kenilworth's leafy streets, learn the history of the village, view its earliest houses and see other fine examples of residential architecture that were designed between 1893 and the mid-1920s by distinguished Chicago architects.

Price
$30 public, $15 Basic Members, FREE Donor-Level Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Kenilworth Metra Station, 400 Richmond Rd. Kenilworth, IL

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$30 public, $15 Basic Members, FREE Donor-Level Members
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1.5 Hours
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Kenilworth Metra Station, 400 Richmond Rd. Kenilworth, IL

Chicago Icons: Connecting Past and Present

This lively overview of Chicago architecture explores iconic buildings from the 1890s to present. We'll compare and contrast a wide range of buildings with varying architectural styles and see how older structures connect to new skyline additions.

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.75 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.75 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park

Oak Park is home to the world’s largest collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. View the exteriors of nearly a dozen of Wright’s structures.

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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Southeast corner of Forest Ave. and Chicago Ave. 308 Forest Ave., Oak Park

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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1 Hour
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Southeast corner of Forest Ave. and Chicago Ave. 308 Forest Ave., Oak Park