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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.

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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
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Lincoln Park Zoo Administration Building, 2001 N. Clark St.

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

Duration
2.5 Hours
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Haymarket Pub, 737 W Randolph St.

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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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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.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Vietnam Memorial, at river level, 35 E. Wacker

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Vietnam Memorial, at river level, 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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Vietnam Memorial, at river level, 35 E. Wacker

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Vietnam Memorial, at river level, 35 E. Wacker

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.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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959 W. Fullerton Ave.

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1.5 Hours
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959 W. Fullerton Ave.

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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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…

Duration
2 Hours
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University of Chicago Bookstore, 970 E.58th St.

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2 Hours
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University of Chicago Bookstore, 970 E.58th St.