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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 more than 85 tours to choose from, we won't blame you if you can't pick just one.

Recommended Tours

Rookery Building

Explore the interior and exterior of one of Chicago’s most famous and beloved historic buildings: The Rookery by Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root. Venture to the 11th floor to visit the architects’ private library, a space rarely open to visitors…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
209 S. LaSalle St. at the grand staircase

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
209 S. LaSalle St. at the grand staircase

Sacred Spaces in Downtown Chicago

Chicago's downtown is home to a number of striking and architecturally significant houses of worship. Visit several of these sites, including "the tallest church in the world"—a skyscraper building specifically designed for multiple functions including…

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Intersection of State St. and Jackson Blvd.

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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Intersection of State St. and Jackson Blvd.

Schools by Bus

On the fourth annual Schools by Bus tour, we’ll visit four historic school buildings from the 1910s and 1920s and hear about the ever-changing ethnic heritage of the areas around them.

Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Note: The annual departure of this special CAC tour will be scheduled again next year. To get tour updates, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Sculpture in the Loop

From the traditional realism of the Art Institute's bronze lions to the sleek modernism of the "Cloud Gate" in Millennium Park, downtown Chicago is filled with great public sculpture. Discover the changing relationships between architecture and sculpture…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this tour. To learn about other CAC tours and events, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Sheffield Historic District

This tour of the Sheffield National Historic District provides a fascinating opportunity to see original 19th century homes alongside today's expanding campus of DePaul University. While the tour will focus on the historic structures, tourees will also…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
SE corner of Sheffield and Fullerton

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Duration
2 Hours
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SE corner of Sheffield and Fullerton

Spanish Language: Historic and Modern Skyscrapers

Este tour en español incluye rascacielos históricos y modernos. Seguiremos la historia de los “edificios altos”, partiendo de modelos del siglo XIX hasta llegar a los rascacielos contemporáneos. Descubriremos distintos estilos arquitectónicos…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
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
2 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Streeterville: From Sandbar to Lakefront Residences

Take a walk along Lake Shore Dr. to see the residences of the East Lake Shore Historic District with unobstructed views of Lake Michigan. Learn how the lake shaped the shore line and about a ne’er-do-well tug boat captain who held off the Pinkertons…

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Gazebo across from the Drake Hotel

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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Gazebo across from the Drake Hotel

Sullivan Center (Carson Pirie Scott)

Celebrate the beauty of Louis Sullivan's largest commercial commission and learn about the restoration of this landmark department store. This tour looks at Sullivan’s innovative building design, characterized by magnificent ornamental detail.

Duration
0.75 Hour
Meet
33 S. State St., inside the building entrance

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Duration
0.75 Hour
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33 S. State St., inside the building entrance

Tiffany Treasures

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.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Cultural Center south entrance, 78 E. Washington

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Cultural Center south entrance, 78 E. Washington

Trump International Hotel & Tower

Completed in 2009, Trump Tower is the second-tallest building in Chicago. View the building, its plaza and the Riverwalk as you learn about its unique architecture and engineering.

Duration
1 Hour
Meet
401 N. Wabash Ave., building's east entrance

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Duration
1 Hour
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401 N. Wabash Ave., building's east entrance

Ukrainian Village

An interior visit to Louis Sullivan's landmark Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral highlights this tour of Ukrainian Village, a neighborhood filled with stunning church buildings as well as 2- and 3-flats, larger apartment buildings, workers' cottages…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 N. Leavitt St.

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Duration
2 Hours
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Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 N. Leavitt St.

Union Station: Icon of a Great Age

Seen everyday by thousands and not really seen! Take a tour of the iconic landmarked Great Hall of Union Station, first envisioned in Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
500 W. Jackson Blvd. between Canal and Clinton

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
500 W. Jackson Blvd. between Canal and Clinton

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
Meet
University Bookstore, 58th St. and Ellis Ave.

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
2 Hours
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University Bookstore, 58th St. and Ellis Ave.

University of Chicago by Bus

See firsthand the rise of a new architectural era on the University of Chicago's campus as we explore the interiors of four buildings that are not typically open to the public.

Duration
3 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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

Uptown

From the Roaring Twenties, through Prohibition and up to the present, something interesting has always been happening in Uptown. See a treasure trove of terra cotta ornament, learn about the adaptive re-use of buildings and hear about past and present…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.