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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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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 Jane Byrne 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 Jane Byrne 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…

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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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…

Duration
2 Hours
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Fountain at the east end of Midway Park, 5701 W Midway Park

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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.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Kenilworth Metra Station, 400 Richmond Rd. Kenilworth, IL

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Duration
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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The Frank Lloyd Wright memorial stone at the northeast entrance to Austin Gardens, 199 Forest Ave., Oak Park, IL 60301

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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1 Hour
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The Frank Lloyd Wright memorial stone at the northeast entrance to Austin Gardens, 199 Forest Ave., Oak Park, IL 60301

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…

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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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…

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Outside Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Outside Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL

Louis Sullivan Rediscovered

See the trailblazing work of Louis H. Sullivan on this tour through Chicago’s Loop and discover how this pioneering architect cleverly fused elements of nature with early skyscraper technology.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Southwest corner of E. Monroe St. and S. Columbus Dr., 298 E. Monroe St.

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1.5 Hours
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Southwest corner of E. Monroe St. and S. Columbus Dr., 298 E. Monroe St.

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.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Bloomingdale Trail entrance on Marshfield Ave., 1802 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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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.

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CTA Morgan Station, 958 W. Lake St.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
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1.5 Hours
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CTA Morgan Station, 958 W. Lake St.

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!

Duration
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.

Kenwood

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

Duration
2 Hours
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S. Woodlawn Ave. and E. Hyde Park Blvd., 5056 S. Woodlawn Ave.

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Duration
2 Hours
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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…

Price
$30 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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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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2 Hours
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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.

Duration
2 Hours
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CTA Wilson Station, near the Divvy bike station, 4620 N. Broadway St.

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Duration
2 Hours
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CTA Wilson Station, near the Divvy bike station, 4620 N. Broadway St.