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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.

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Berwyn

Learn about the history of Berwyn, an idiosyncratic suburb with fascinating architecture, including an impressive collection of Chicago-style bungalows.

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

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3.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Murals: Rogers Park

Join us on our third annual Chicago Murals tour, this year in Rogers Park. We’ll walk along the Mile of Murals gracing CTA walls and underpasses and stop at Loyola University's library to view a large mural dating back to 1930.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Churches By Bus

Once a year, a caravan of buses travels to a new area of the city to appreciate architecturally significant churches. This year, see amazing worship spaces on the South Side, in Kenwood, Hyde Park, Woodlawn, Chatham and Englewood.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Concrete Chicago

Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of Chicago’s most popular building materials: concrete! We’ll stop at several architecturally significant Brutalist buildings and go on an exclusive Ozinga concrete plant tour.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Emerging Chicago

Discover what’s new and exciting in the city’s built environment on the 15th annual Emerging Chicago tour. Visit projects that are redefining Chicago and hear from the people who developed and designed them. Check back for more details!

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Frank Lloyd Wright Neighborhoods by Bus

Follow Frank Lloyd Wright's career from 1899 to 1913, when his designs changed the face of the American family home. See more than 25 homes, including the Martin, Cheney and Roberts homes, which are not featured on any other CAC tour.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Parks and Boulevards by Bus

Join us on a leisurely summertime drive along Chicago’s stunning western boulevards, through Columbus, Humboldt, Garfield and Douglas parks. Along the way, learn about the landscape architects who thoughtfully created these beloved green spaces.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Preservation Chicago’s Most Endangered Buildings

Hosted in partnership with the nonprofit organization Preservation Chicago, this tour visits several buildings and sites at risk of being demolished.

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

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

Synagogues by Bus

This year, the Synagogues by Bus tour heads to the North Shore to view three Modern synagogues: Highland Park’s Makom Solel Lakeside, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El and Glencoe’s North Shore Congregation Israel.

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

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this one-time only 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
5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Sustainability in Chicago

Hear what architects, developers and the city are doing to make existing and newly constructed buildings more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
3.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.