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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.

Recommended Tours

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
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Northwest corner of Hinman Ave. and Lake St., Evanston, IL

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2 Hours
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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. See these sites as well as pre-Chicago Fire houses…

Duration
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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Duration
2 Hours
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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 Gold Coast, one of Chicago’s most affluent neighborhoods. This tour covers residential architecture along Lake Shore Drive and in the Astor Street Historic District.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Near the Statue of Greene Vardiman Black, 29 E. North Blvd.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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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.

Duration
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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Duration
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.

Aqua, St. Regis Chicago and Lakeshore East

In just one hour, discover Chicago’s newest neighborhood, Lakeshore East, featuring two notable buildings designed by woman-led Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower and the soon-to-be-completed St. Regis Chicago.

Duration
1 Hour
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Duration
1 Hour
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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…

Duration
2 Hours
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Inside Perlstein Hall, 10 W. 33rd St.

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Duration
2 Hours
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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…

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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2 Hours
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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…

Duration
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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Duration
2 Hours
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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…

Price
$30 Public, FREE for CAC Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Northeast corner of N. Columbus Dr. and East Wacker Dr., 400 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 Public, FREE for CAC Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Northeast corner of N. Columbus Dr. and East Wacker Dr., 400 E. Wacker Dr.

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

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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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 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
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Inside cemetery entrance gate, 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave.

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Duration
2 Hours
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Inside cemetery entrance gate, 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave.

Elevated Architecture: Downtown "L" Train

Explore Chicago’s amazing architecture from the unique perspective of elevated trains and station platforms. Learn the history behind the famous "L" system and hear how it has shaped the development of buildings within the Loop.

Price
$30 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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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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2 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Modernist Masterpieces: Marina City and the IBM Building

Where else but Chicago can you find two iconic mid-century buildings living side by side? Get the inside scoop on the buildings and their architects, Bertrand Goldberg and Mies van der Rohe. We will compare and contrast the sites, uses, structures, styles…

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.25 Hours
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35 W. Wacker Dr.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.25 Hours
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35 W. Wacker Dr.

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

White City Revisited

Explore Jackson Park, site of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and future home to the Obama Presidential Center.

Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Dr., 1686 E. Hayes Dr.

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Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Dr., 1686 E. Hayes Dr.