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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.

Recommended Tours

Willis Tower Revitalized

Experience the iconic Willis Tower with a visit to the 103rd floor Skydeck combined with a tour of the building to experience its exciting new public spaces and to learn about its history and design.

Price
$40 Public (includes Skydeck ticket), $30 for CAC Members (includes Skydeck ticket)
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
232 S. Franklin St. at Willis Tower’s Franklin St. Lobby Entrance, between West Adams & West Jackson Streets.

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Price
$40 Public (includes Skydeck ticket), $30 for CAC Members (includes Skydeck ticket)
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
232 S. Franklin St. at Willis Tower’s Franklin St. Lobby Entrance, between West Adams & West Jackson Streets.

Art Deco: Landmark Lobbies

Step out of the cold and into the lobbies of three Art Deco skyscrapers whose lavish materials and modern ornament epitomized the prosperity and optimism of the Roaring ‘20s.

Price
$20 Public, Free for Members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$20 Public, Free for Members
Duration
1 Hour
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Chicago Architecture Center 111 E. Wacker Dr.

University of Illinois Chicago

Explore the country's first fully planned, public urban university, including the innovative architecture of Walter Netsch, a mid-20th century maverick. The tour ends with a visit to Hull House, once the country's most famous settlement house.

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Starbucks 940 W. Harrison (inside the Academic and Residential Complex)

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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Starbucks 940 W. Harrison (inside the Academic and Residential Complex)

Chicago Women in Architecture

Take a tour in downtown Chicago to discover stunning buildings designed by female architects, including the Equitable Building, Aqua Tower and Vista Tower.

Price
$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Riverwalk at State St. and Wacker Dr. (meet at the bottom of the Riverwalk stairs)

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Price
$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Riverwalk at State St. and Wacker Dr. (meet at the bottom of the Riverwalk stairs)

Loop as Lab: the Walking Tour

Chicago was a planned city from its very beginnings. Loop as Lab: the Walking Tour provides a street-level view of how city planning has shaped Chicago's growth from 1909 through to the downtown plan currently in development.

Price
$30 Public , Free for Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$30 Public , Free for Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center 111 E. Wacker Dr.

The Genius of Benjamin Marshall, Chicago's Forgotten Architect

It’s the 150th birthday of Benjamin H. Marshall, one of Chicago’s most influential but lesser known architects. Celebrate his work as we discover his masterpieces.

Price
$50 Public (includes CAC admission) , $43 CAC Members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E Wacker Dr

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Price
$50 Public (includes CAC admission) , $43 CAC Members
Duration
3.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E Wacker Dr

Murals by Bus: Pilsen

Chicago has long tradition of mural making, and the West Side's Pilsen neighborhood displays a wide variety of these public works of art.

Price
$50 Public, $43 CAC Members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$50 Public, $43 CAC Members
Duration
3.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Pub Tour: Fulton-Randolph Market

Experience the Fulton Market District like the locals and get a unique perspective on the art, architecture, history and vibe of Chicago’s fastest-growing neighborhood.

Price
$30 Public, $10 Basic Member, Free Deco Members and above
Duration
2.5 Hours
Meet
NE Corner Morgan and Lake at 201 N. Morgan

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Price
$30 Public, $10 Basic Member, Free Deco Members and above
Duration
2.5 Hours
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NE Corner Morgan and Lake at 201 N. Morgan

Pushing Boundaries: The Work of Jeanne Gang

Jeanne Gang has spent her career designing spectacular buildings while taking into account sustainability and the environment. Join us for a visit to some of her newest Chicago work.

Price
$50 public, $43 CAC Members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$50 public, $43 CAC Members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.