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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 dozens of tours to choose from, we won't blame you if you can't pick just one.

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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…

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Inside Perlstein Hall, 10 W. 33rd St.

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

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$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…

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

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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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.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

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

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Inside cemetery entrance gate, 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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2 Hours
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Inside cemetery entrance gate, 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave.

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…

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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.

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

Tiffany in Chicago

Learn about the life and work of Louis Comfort Tiffany as we visit some of Chicago’s most magnificent art-glass and mosaic installations, each designed and crafted by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Cultural Center north lobby, 77 E. Randolph St.

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1.5 Hours
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Cultural Center north lobby, 77 E. Randolph St.

White City Revisited

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

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Dr., 1686 E. Hayes 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…

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$30 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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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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1.5 Hours
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103rd St. - Beverly Hills Metra Station, 10301 S. Walden Pkwy.

Discover Chicago's Historic Neighborhoods

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

Price
$39 public (includes CAC admission), $31 CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$39 public (includes CAC admission), $31 CAC members
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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…

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio, 912 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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2 Hours
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Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio, 912 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL

Langue Française: Gratte-Ciel Historiques et Modernes

Cette visite unique, vous offrira un aperçu complet de l’architecture de Chicago. Tout en écoutant l’histoire de la ville, vous verrez, dans l’ordre chronologique, quelques-uns de ses buildings les plus anciens, ainsi que des tours ultra-hautes…

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 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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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Graceland Cemetery

Beautiful and serene, Graceland Cemetery is a treasured oasis in the center of our bustling city. Notables interred here are Chicago's movers and shakers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Daniel Burnham, Potter Palmer, Charles Wacker, George…

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate