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Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Riverfront

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

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

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

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
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103rd St. - Beverly Hills Metra Station, 10301 S. Walden Pkwy.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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103rd St. - Beverly Hills Metra Station, 10301 S. Walden Pkwy.

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…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio, 912 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL

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
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Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio, 912 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL

Graceland Cemetery: Symbols in Stone

As we explore a venerable section of Graceland Cemetery, we’ll discuss the meanings of and changes to gravestone symbols and shapes, from Victorian times to the present day. We’ll see a variety of obelisks and mausoleums, as well as distinctive memorials…

Duration
2 Hours
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Inside cemetery gate, 4001 N. Clark St.

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Duration
2 Hours
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Inside cemetery gate, 4001 N. Clark St.

Highland Park

This tour traces Highland Park’s history from pioneer settlement to summer retreat for Chicago’s wealthy to year-round suburb. Encounter a beautiful variety of residential styles and see homes by architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and W. W. Boyington…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Highland Park City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park, IL

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Highland Park City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park, IL

Hotel Boom: Making Old New Again

Chicago's recent growth as a favorite travel destination has fueled a surge in the creative repurposing of historic skyscrapers into chic new hotels. Learn how and why a former athletic club, silver manufacturer and motor club have undergone this change…

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

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

Illinois Center Pedway

Take a warm walk and see the cool architecture of the Illinois Center Pedway. Learn how an abandoned railway freight yard was transformed into an important urban development. You’ll see some pretty and some gritty portions of the Pedway as we travel…

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

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

Lake Bluff

Explore the fascinating history reflected in the unique designs of the North Shore suburb of Lake Bluff. Trace the history from the formation of the Lake Bluff Camp Meeting Association, and their plans for a resort similar to the Chautauqua movement,…

Duration
2 Hours
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Lake Bluff Metra Station, 600 Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff, IL

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Duration
2 Hours
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Lake Bluff Metra Station, 600 Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff, IL

Lake Forest Cemetery

Experience the Lake Forest Cemetery's park-like setting overlooking Lake Michigan in one of Chicago's most beautiful premier suburbs. Hear stories of Lake Forest's founding and those who made their mark from Civil War to modern times.

Duration
2 Hours
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Cemetery gate at far north end of Lake Rd., 1525 Lake Rd., Lake Forest, IL

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
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Cemetery gate at far north end of Lake Rd., 1525 Lake Rd., Lake Forest, IL

Lincoln Park: From Cemetery to Sculpture Garden

Take a pleasant walk through Chicago’s beautiful Lincoln Park—a former lakeside cemetery turned recreation destination. Hear about the park’s history, learn the stories behind famous sculptures and enjoy a stroll through the park’s beloved zoo…

Duration
2 Hours
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Children’s Fountain, 2045 N. Lincoln Park. West

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Duration
2 Hours
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Children’s Fountain, 2045 N. Lincoln Park. West

Architecture of the Magnificent Mile

Discover how a dirt road known as Pine Street transformed into a "Paris on the Prairie" and later into the Magnificent Mile, the city’s premier shopping district. Hear the secrets and stories behind the striking buildings on North Michigan Avenue that…

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

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

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.

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
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Polk Bros Park, 600 E. Grand Ave.

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…

Duration
2 Hours
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Lincoln Park Zoo Administration Building, 2001 N. Clark St.

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Duration
2 Hours
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Lincoln Park Zoo Administration Building, 2001 N. Clark St.

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…

Duration
2.5 Hours
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Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 N. Clark St

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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…

Duration
2.5 Hours
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Clark Street Ale House, 742 N Clark St.

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Duration
2.5 Hours
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Clark Street Ale House, 742 N Clark St.