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Please provide extra travel time before any tours from July 28-Aug.1 due to street closures related to Lollapalooza

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.

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Chicago’s First Skyscrapers

Chicago is home to some of the world’s earliest skyscrapers. Get an up-close look at these 19th Century marvels, learn about innovations used to build them and discover how they transformed Chicago into a center of skyscraper design and engineering…

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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410 S. Michigan 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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410 S. Michigan Ave.

Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Loop

View Art Deco masterpieces built in the heart of Chicago’s financial district during the Roaring '20s. Learn how Art Deco reflected the era’s fun-loving optimism with lavish materials and geometric ornament.

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Outside 30 N. LaSalle St.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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1.5 Hours
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Outside 30 N. LaSalle St.

Fulton-Randolph Market

Discover the fascinating 150-year evolution of the Fulton-Randolph Market District from food wholesaling and meatpacking to gourmet restaurants, technology hubs and boutique hotels.

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CTA Morgan Station, 958 W. Lake St.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CTA Morgan Station, 958 W. Lake St.

Lights, Camera, Architecture!

Chicago’s unique architecture has co-starred in movies with Ferris Bueller, Batman and the Blues Brothers, among other famous big screen characters. See some of the buildings featured in these films and more!

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Evanston Along the Lake

This walk through Evanston's Lakeshore Historic District explores a variety of churches and residences in the town that became Daniel Burnham's "country retreat" and which is still considered one of Chicago's most desirable suburbs.

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Northwest corner of Hinman Ave. and Lake St., Evanston, IL

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Northwest corner of Hinman Ave. and Lake St., Evanston, IL

White City Revisited

Explore Jackson Park, site of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and future home to the Obama Presidential Center.

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Dr., 1686 E. Hayes Dr.

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Dr., 1686 E. Hayes 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…

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio, 912 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio, 912 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL

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…

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan 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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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,…

Price
$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Lake Bluff Metra Station, 600 Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff, IL

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$30 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Lake Bluff Metra Station, 600 Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff, IL

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
Meet
Polk Bros Park, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Note: There are currently no departures available for booking. New tour departures are released on the 15th of each month. Please check back soon!

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Duration
2 Hours
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Polk Bros Park, 600 E. Grand Ave.