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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 more than 85 tours to choose from, we won't blame you if you can't pick just one.

Recommended Tours

875 N. Michigan Ave (John Hancock Center)

Completed in 1970, 875 N. Michigan Ave (John Hancock Center) dominates the northern end of Chicago’s skyline. On this tour, you'll learn how the building forever changed the character of North Michigan Avenue.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
0.75 Hour
Meet
875 N. Michigan Ave., lower level lobby

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
0.75 Hour
Meet
875 N. Michigan Ave., lower level lobby

Aqua, Vista and Lakeshore East

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

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.25 Hours
Meet
Outside the CAC, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.25 Hours
Meet
Outside the CAC, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Beverly (North): Elegance on the Ridge

Once home to some of Chicago’s wealthiest families, Beverly’s mansions are still among the most beautiful in the city. During this tour we’ll view some of Beverly’s mansions along with homes that are merely large and unique.

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Metra station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this tour. To learn about other CAC tours and events, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Metra station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Metra station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Metra station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

Bike Humboldt, the 606 and Palmer Square

This leisurely ride takes us through some of Chicago’s constructed natural beauty. We’ll bike along a route that was once the city’s edge while examining a historic boulevard and park designed by William LeBaron Jenney and Jens Jensen. As we ride…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2.5 Hours
Meet
1301 N. Humboldt Dr., the boathouse parking lot

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2.5 Hours
Meet
1301 N. Humboldt Dr., the boathouse parking lot

Calvary Cemetery: Catholics in Chicago

Join us as we visit Chicagoland's oldest Catholic cemetery to see the resting places of prominent Irish and Italian Americans, including Chicago mayor Jane Byrne, as well as three other Chicago mayors. On this tour we will examine the rise of Catholics…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
301 Chicago Ave., Evanston, inside the front gate

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
301 Chicago Ave., Evanston, inside the front gate

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Experience the allure of a historic, exclusive men's club transformed into a 21st century luxury hotel. You will see old world craftsmanship restored to its original elegance, plus renovated and newly added spaces.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
12 S. Michigan Ave., front entrance

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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12 S. Michigan Ave., front entrance

Chicago Board of Trade Building

The Chicago Board of Trade is a Loop icon anchoring the LaSalle Street financial corridor. We’ll see newly designed and renovated spaces, historical art and the massive traders’ vault within the three architecturally distinct Board of Trade buildings…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
141 W. Jackson Blvd., inside the building lobby

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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141 W. Jackson Blvd., inside the building lobby

Chicago Murals

This year’s Chicago Murals tour heads to Hyde Park, where you’ll see a variety of amazing Progressive Era and Community Arts Movement murals. Stops highlight works by William Walker and women muralists Astrid Fuller and Olivia Gude, among others.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Pedway

Discover the fascinating “city below the city” used by Chicagoans every day—the Pedway. From the Thompson Center to Block 37 to the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, our one and half mile walking tour introduces the history, design and unique surprises of…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Lower level of Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph*

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. Please email tickets@architecture.org to be notified when tickets are available.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Lower level of Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph*

Chicago Shakespeare Theater & The Yard

Since its opening on Navy Pier in 1999, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has grown to be one of the largest theater companies in the city. Explore the theater’s three performance venues, including The Yard, a newly constructed, flexible year-round stage…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
Theater lobby, 800 E. Grand Ave.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
Theater lobby, 800 E. Grand Ave.

Churches By Bus

See five stunning churches in Wicker Park and West Town on this fascinating tour.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
6 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
6 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
5800 N. Ravenswood Ave., inside entrance gate

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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5800 N. Ravenswood Ave., inside entrance gate

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.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

Daniel Burnham: Architect, Planner, Leader

Explore some of Burnham’s best-known landmarks as well as lesser-known designs on this tour that examines all facets of Burnham’s legacy—as an architect, planner and leader in Chicago, the city he cherished.

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this tour. To learn about other CAC tours and events, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.