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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.

Recommended Tours

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…

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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On the plaza at 65 E. Huron St.

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

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Vietnam Memorial, at river level, 35 E. Wacker

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

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Vietnam Memorial, at river level, 35 E. Wacker

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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1.5 Hours
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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.

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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959 W. Fullerton Ave.

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

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 N. Leavitt St.

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

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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University of Chicago Bookstore, 970 E.58th St.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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University of Chicago Bookstore, 970 E.58th St.

The True Story of the Great Chicago Fire

Did the cow do it? You may know the story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but now you can visit the very spot where it began.

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