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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

Chicago Architecture: A Walk Through Time

Want a quick introduction to Chicago’s magnificent architecture? This 90-minute tour takes a comprehensive look at the city’s architectural history by viewing buildings in chronological order, from early skyscrapers to new supertall high rises.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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
Meet
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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Lower level of Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph*

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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.

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

Note: The annual departure of this special CAC tour will be scheduled again next year. To get tour updates, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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

Chicago Modern

Chicago is recognized as a leader in Modern architecture, a style that revolutionized our visual world during the mid-20th Century. View iconic Modern skyscrapers during this walking tour.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 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…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
5800 N. Ravenswood Ave., inside entrance gate

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email tickets@architecture.org.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
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.

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

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
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.

Devil in the White City

This tour explores the compelling true story told by Erik Larson in his best selling book, "The Devil in the White City," about two simultaneous events in Chicago history: the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the emergence of serial murderer…

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

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

Discover Chicago's Historic Neighborhoods

CAC has partnered with Big Bus Chicago for a tour that explores Chicago's mosaic of neighborhoods. Every day at 10:30am, discover five fascinating communities from a seat on an open-top bus. You'll get an intriguing look at the art, architecture and history…

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

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email tickets@architecture.org.

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

Emerging Chicago

Discover what’s new and important in Chicago’s built environment on this exclusive tour. This year we’re partnering with Related Midwest, a large real estate development company, to show you unique residential projects in three neighborhoods.

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

Note: The annual departure of this special CAC tour will be scheduled again next year. To get tour updates, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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

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.

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Evanston's Raymond Park, Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email tickets@architecture.org.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Evanston's Raymond Park, Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.