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Chicago is known around the world for its architecture. Whether you tour downtown or a neighborhood, our expert docent guides will tell you 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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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.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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The Frank Lloyd Wright memorial stone in Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park, IL 60301

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The Frank Lloyd Wright memorial stone in Austin Gardens, 167 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…

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$30 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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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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…

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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

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

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

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Bloomingdale Trail entrance on Marshfield Ave., 1802 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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 (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!

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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.

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

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

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