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Navy Pier

Explore the ever-changing Navy Pier! Learn how the pier has served Chicago through adaptive reuse since 1916 and why both the pier and theater are such popular tourist destinations.

Duration
2 Hours
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Polk Bros Park, 600 E. Grand Ave.

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Duration
2 Hours
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Polk Bros Park, 600 E. Grand 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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Outside Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd., Evanston

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Outside Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd., Evanston

Old Town Triangle

No other Chicago neighborhood is like Old Town. Tucked behind high-rises and moments from the vast green space of Lincoln Park, this landmark district has a unique history and diversity. We’ll explore homes built immediately after the Great Fire of…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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2001 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park Zoo admin building

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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2001 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park Zoo admin building

Pub Tour: Andersonville

Get a “taste” of Andersonville—a historically landmarked neighborhood settled by Swedish farmers in the 1850s. See the culture reflected in the classic architecture and thriving establishments as we drop into colorful local pubs for vast selections…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2.5 Hours
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Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 N. Clark St

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2.5 Hours
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Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 N. Clark St

Pub Tour: Near North

Determine for yourself why design matters as we view unexpected architecture in the Near North section of the River North neighborhood. We see the recently completed Poetry Foundation building, learn about universal design and visit a decades-old speakeasy…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2.5 Hours
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Clark Street Ale House, 742 N Clark St.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2.5 Hours
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Clark Street Ale House, 742 N Clark St.

Pub Tour: West Loop

Combining post-Chicago fire buildings with the legends of the Haymarket Riots, Chicago's West Loop will certainly make a lasting impression on you. The Chicago Park District has added green space to this growing community that retains deep roots to the…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2.5 Hours
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Haymarket Pub, 737 W Randolph St.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2.5 Hours
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Haymarket Pub, 737 W Randolph St.

River North: Transformation of a Neighborhood

See historic gems in this former center of manufacturing and explore its boom-and-bust transformation into a vibrant neighborhood buzzing with residential buildings, entertainment venues and office towers. Steeped in history and character, River North…

Duration
2 Hours
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On the plaza at 65 E. Huron St.

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Duration
2 Hours
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On the plaza at 65 E. Huron St.

Riverwalk East

Learn about newly completed improvements to the Chicago Riverwalk—starting at the Vietnam Memorial and heading east to Lake Michigan—including new public art, trees, landscaping and outposts for picnicking.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Vietnam Memorial, on Riverwalk, 35 E. Wacker

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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1.5 Hours
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Vietnam Memorial, on Riverwalk, 35 E. Wacker

Riverwalk West

This tour helps you discover the western portion of the Riverwalk, starting at the Vietnam Memorial near State Street. As we walk to Lake Street, hear how this linear park—called Chicago’s new coastline by some—has become a magnet for outdoor recreation…

Duration
1.5 Hours
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River-level, Vietnam Memorial near State St.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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River-level, Vietnam Memorial near State St.

Sacred Spaces in Downtown Chicago

Chicago's downtown is home to a number of striking and architecturally significant houses of worship. Visit several of these sites, including "the tallest church in the world"—a skyscraper with offices, designed for worship and work.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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South east corner of State St. and Jackson Blvd.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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South east corner of State St. and Jackson Blvd.

Sheffield Historic District

Hear how the Sheffield District has evolved since its formation as a working-class neighborhood in the 1870s. See beautiful historic row houses and learn about residents' preservation efforts amid gentrification and DePaul University’s expansion.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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SE corner of Sheffield and Fullerton

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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SE corner of Sheffield and Fullerton

Ukrainian Village

Take in the beauty of Ukrainian Village’s churches—including Louis Sullivan’s stunning Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral—and residential architecture while hearing stories of Eastern European immigrants who first called the neighborhood…

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 N. Leavitt St.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 N. Leavitt St.

University of Chicago

Come explore the early Collegiate Gothic roots of the university campus in the original quadrangles, the “march of mid-century modernism” along the Midway and the recent, breath-taking architectural additions such as the Mansueto Library and the Midway…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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University Bookstore, 58th St. and Ellis Ave.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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University Bookstore, 58th St. and Ellis Ave.

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.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Wilson CTA L stop, near the Divvy bike station

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Wilson CTA L stop, near the Divvy bike station

Vice to Nice: Transformation of the South Loop

The story of the South Loop is complete with characters, corruption, renewal and transformation. Explore how an area known for vice, gangsters, a few famous madams and a lot of abandoned railroad tracks has transformed into today’s thriving South Loop…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan Ave.*

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan Ave.*