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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.

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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
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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
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Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

Expo Chicago + Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Riverfront

See the lobbies of five opulent Art Deco skyscrapers built near the banks of the Chicago River during the Roaring '20s. Learn how Art Deco reflected the era's fun-loving optimism with lavish materials and geometric ornament.

Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Expo Chicago + Elevated Architecture: North Side Art

This brand new, two-hour tour hops on and off L trains to discover paintings, murals, mosaics and sculptures with unique connections to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Expo Chicago + Hidden (Mostly Outdoor) Art

Chicago has many important works of public art that often go unnoticed. See these gems on this one-hour tour and hear how architects and artists have worked together to create successful public art.

Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Expo Chicago + Sculpture in the Loop

See monumental works by Modern masters including Picasso, Chagall and Miro on this 90-minute tour, as well as lesser-known hidden sculptures among the Loop's skyscrapers.

Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Expo Chicago + Tiffany Treasures

Learn about the life and work of Louis Comfort Tiffany as we visit some of Chicago’s most magnificent art-glass and mosaic installations.

Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Elevated Architecture: North Side Art

Chicago’s elevated train stations house an incredible collection of public art, including paintings, murals, mosaics, and sculpture. This tour hops on and off public “L” trains to discover art and explain its unique connection to the surrounding…

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

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

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.

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.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Evanston's Raymond Park, Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Evanston's Raymond Park, Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

Farnsworth House by Bus

Farnsworth House—the famous glass house along the bank of the Fox River—is one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951. A founder and leader of the modernist movement in Europe, Mies lived…

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

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

Farnsworth House Plus

Farnsworth House—the famous glass house along the bank of the Fox River—is one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951. A founder and leader of the modernist movement in Europe, Mies lived…

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

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

Fine Arts Building

Discover this treasure trove on Michigan Avenue and learn how it went from a carriage showroom to a high-profile artists’ colony that housed tenants like Frank Lloyd Wright, Lorado Taft and Harriet Monroe.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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410 S. Michigan Ave., in front of the building

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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410 S. Michigan Ave., in front of the building

Food and Architecture of 1893

On this "see and taste" walking tour, you can imagine what Chicago looked like during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, while tasting new foods that were introduced at the fair.

Price
$35 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$35 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Fort Sheridan

Discover the history and architecture of Fort Sheridan, a former military base listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Designed by one of Chicago's most influential architects, Holabird and Roche, its buildings served military purposes from…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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912 Lyster Rd., Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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912 Lyster Rd., Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio