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Chicago is known around the world for its architecture. Whether you choose to explore our fabled downtown or one of the city’s many distinct and charming neighborhoods, our expert docents will guide you by boat, bus, train or on foot and share the stories behind the buildings. Visit iconic skyscrapers, elegant hotels or the legendary houses of Frank Lloyd Wright. With dozens of tours to choose from, we won't blame you if you can't pick just one.

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Humboldt Park

Walk the historic core in the largest of 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. Our walk partner…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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2 Hours
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At the Humboldt Park Boathouse portico, 1301 North Humboldt Drive

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At the Humboldt Park Boathouse portico, 1301 North Humboldt Drive

Historic Austin

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 Queen Anne…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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2 Hours
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Fountain at the east end of Midway Park, 5701 W Midway Park

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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2 Hours
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Fountain at the east end of Midway Park, 5701 W Midway Park

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…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

Northwestern University

Discover Northwestern University’s stunning, wooded campus on the shore of Lake Michigan. This two-hour walking tour explores a wide variety of architectural styles, from 19th Century Collegiate Gothic buildings to cutting-edge, contemporary designs…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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2 Hours
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Outside Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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2 Hours
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Outside Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL

Walk the 606

Learn about The 606/Bloomingdale Trail and how it came to be during this 90-minute, one-mile walking tour along the beautifully restored Bloomingdale railroad viaduct on Chicago’s northwest side.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Bloomingdale Trail entrance on Marshfield Ave., 1802 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

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Bloomingdale Trail entrance on Marshfield Ave., 1802 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Fulton-Randolph Market

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.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.5 Hours
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CTA Morgan Station, 958 W. Lake St.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.5 Hours
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CTA Morgan Station, 958 W. Lake St.

Kenwood

Hear the history of this stately neighborhood, home to Chicago’s early industrialists, modern-day innovators and President Barack Obama.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
2 Hours
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S. Woodlawn Ave. and E. Hyde Park Blvd., 5056 S. Woodlawn Ave.

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S. Woodlawn Ave. and E. Hyde Park Blvd., 5056 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Walk Pilsen

Discover Pilsen, a neighborhood that continues to welcome immigrants, adding to the mosaic that enriches urban life. Walk a vibrant community whose architecture and art reflect the dreams of all who come to Chicago. Trace European and Mexican influences…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
2 Hours
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CTA 18th St. L Station, just west of Paulina St., 1710 W. 18th St.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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CTA 18th St. L Station, just west of Paulina St., 1710 W. 18th St.

Uptown

Discover Uptown—a treasure trove of terra cotta ornament and creatively repurposed historic buildings; home to entertainment palaces like the Riviera, Green Mill and the Aragon Ballroom; and one of the most diverse neighborhoods on the North Side.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
2 Hours
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CTA Wilson Station, near the Divvy bike station, 4620 N. Broadway St.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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CTA Wilson Station, near the Divvy bike station, 4620 N. Broadway St.

Hyde Park

In addition to being the site of the 1893 World’s Fair, Hyde Park is also home to the University of Chicago and many significant buildings, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Robie House.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
2 Hours
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Northwest corner of E. 59th St. and S. Woodlawn Ave., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn Ave

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Northwest corner of E. 59th St. and S. Woodlawn Ave., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn Ave

Gold Coast: Astor Street

Discover the architectural treasures of the Astor Street Historic District, one of Chicago's most affluent neighborhoods. The tour covers residential architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and looks at the preservation movement of the…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Near the Statue of Greene Vardiman Black, 29 E. North Blvd.

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Near the Statue of Greene Vardiman Black, 29 E. North Blvd.

Gold Coast: Dearborn Street

See beautifully preserved examples of domestic architecture of the early 1900s in this delightful walk along three blocks of Dearborn Street in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Benches on the north side of the intersection of North Blvd. and N. Dearborn St., 45 N. Blvd.

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Benches on the north side of the intersection of North Blvd. and N. Dearborn St., 45 N. Blvd.

Mies and Modernism: The IIT Campus Tour

The Illinois Institute of Technology is home to the largest group of buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe—the most influential figure in American Modernism. This tour traces the evolution of the campus with a special emphasis on the years 1938—1958—the…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
2 Hours
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Inside Perlstein Hall, 10 W. 33rd St.

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Inside Perlstein Hall, 10 W. 33rd St.

Wicker Park

Learn the history of this Northwest Side classic Chicago neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Developed by numerous immigrant communities beginning in the 1870s, today it is a diverse mix of economic levels and architectural…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave.

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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave.

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.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

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1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

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 the people who were instrumental in the nomination of Lincoln, discover the role of newspaper editors in this struggle and those who were involved…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
2 Hours
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Inside cemetery entrance gate, 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave.

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Inside cemetery entrance gate, 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave.

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…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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103rd St. - Beverly Hills Metra Station, 10301 S. Walden Pkwy.

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103rd St. - Beverly Hills Metra Station, 10301 S. Walden Pkwy.

Discover Chicago's Historic Neighborhoods

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

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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Lincoln Park: From Cemetery to Sculpture Garden

Take a pleasant walk through Chicago’s beautiful Lincoln Park—a former lakeside cemetery turned recreation destination. Hear about the park’s history, learn the stories behind famous sculptures and enjoy a stroll through the park’s beloved zoo…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
2 Hours
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Children's Fountain, at the northeast corner of W North Blvd and N Clark St

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Children's Fountain, at the northeast corner of W North Blvd and N Clark St

Old Town Triangle

No other Chicago neighborhood is like Old Town. Tucked behind high-rises and moments from the vast green space of Lincoln Park, this landmark district has a unique history and diversity. We’ll explore homes built immediately after the Great Fire of…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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2 Hours
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Corner of Sedgwick and Eugenie across from Twin Anchors

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Corner of Sedgwick and Eugenie across from Twin Anchors