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Lights, Camera, Architecture!

Chicago’s unique architecture has co-starred in movies with Ferris Bueller, Batman and the Blues Brothers, among other famous big screen characters. See some of the buildings featured in these films and more!

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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.

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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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CTA 18th St. L Station, just west of Paulina St., 1710 W. 18th St.

White City Revisited

Explore Jackson Park, site of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and future home to the Obama Presidential Center.

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Dr., 1686 E. Hayes Dr.

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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Dr., 1686 E. Hayes Dr.

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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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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CTA Wilson Station, near the Divvy bike station, 4620 N. Broadway St.

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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CTA Wilson Station, near the Divvy bike station, 4620 N. Broadway St.

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.

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Northwest corner of Hinman Ave. and Lake St., Evanston, IL

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Northwest corner of Hinman Ave. and Lake St., Evanston, IL

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. See these sites as well as pre-Chicago Fire houses…

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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 Gold Coast, one of Chicago’s most affluent neighborhoods. This tour covers residential architecture along Lake Shore Drive and in the Astor Street Historic District.

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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.

Aqua, St. Regis Chicago and Lakeshore East

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

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

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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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.

Grant Park Secrets

Grant Park’s landscape is both front yard and recreation spot for Chicago. But did you know that the area was once under water? Or that at one time it housed an airfield, a major league sports team and the tomb of a Civil War hero? Join us as we unlock…

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Art Institute Chicago South Garden; S Michigan Ave. and E. Jackson Blvd., 111 S. Michigan Ave.

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Art Institute Chicago South Garden; S Michigan Ave. and E. Jackson Blvd., 111 S. Michigan Ave.

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…

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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.

Tiffany in Chicago

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.

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1.5 Hours
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Cultural Center north lobby, 77 E. Randolph St.

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Cultural Center north lobby, 77 E. Randolph St.