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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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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, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.5 Hours
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Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

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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, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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2 Hours
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Outside Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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.

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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, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.5 Hours
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Bloomingdale Trail entrance on Marshfield Ave., 1802 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

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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, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.5 Hours
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1000 W. Lake St.

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1000 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, Free for 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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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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2 Hours
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CTA Wilson Station, near the Divvy bike station, 4620 N. Broadway St.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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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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 Astor Street Historic District, one of Chicago's most affluent neighborhoods. The tour covers residential architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and looks at the preservation movement of the…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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 the woman-led Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower and the soon-to-be-completed the St. Regis Chicago.

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$30 Public, Free for Members
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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.

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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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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.

Chicago's Moveable Bridges

Understand how the unique Chicago-style bascule bridges work. View the underpinnings of the bridges, as the tour follows the bridge lifts of three of the Chicago River’s most famous bridges, including Michigan Avenue’s DuSable Bridge, Columbus Drive’s…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.5 Hours
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Northeast corner of Wacker and Columbus, at the top of the Riverwalk staircase.

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Northeast corner of Wacker and Columbus, at the top of the Riverwalk staircase.

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.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.5 Hours
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1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

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1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

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 the people who were instrumental in the nomination of Lincoln, discover the role of newspaper editors in this struggle and those who were involved…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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.