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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

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…

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

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Duration
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…

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

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
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…

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

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Duration
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…

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

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
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…

Price
$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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Price
$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

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…

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Inside cemetery gate, 4001 N. Clark St.

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Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Inside cemetery gate, 4001 N. Clark St.

Graceland Cemetery: Women of Influence

During Chicago’s period of growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women played a hugely influential role by participating in the Underground Railroad, exhibiting the first Modern Art paintings, creating the juvenile justice system and even…

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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4001 N. Clark St., inside the gate

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Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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4001 N. Clark St., inside the gate

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…

Duration
2 Hours
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Highland Park City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park, IL

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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.

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…

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan Ave.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan Ave.

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.

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Cemetery gate at far north end of Lake Rd., 1525 Lake Rd., Lake Forest, IL

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

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.