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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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Chicago Architecture: A Walk Through Time

Want a quick introduction to Chicago’s magnificent architecture? This 90-minute tour takes a comprehensive look at the city’s architectural history by viewing buildings in chronological order, from early skyscrapers to new supertall high rises.

Price
$30 Public, Free for Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 Public, Free for Members
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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410 S. Michigan Ave.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.5 Hours
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410 S. Michigan Ave.

Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Loop

Go inside the lobbies of 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.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Outside 30 N. LaSalle St.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.5 Hours
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Outside 30 N. LaSalle St.

Historic Treasures of Chicago’s Golden Age

Learn about the great architectural landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street. The 40 years between 1890 and 1930 saw the creation of some of Chicago’s the most memorable buildings, many of which are featured on this tour.

Price
$30 Public, Free for Members
Duration
2 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 Public, Free for Members
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2 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Wabash Avenue Arts Corridor

Discover a living urban canvas along the Wabash Avenue Arts Corridor in the South Loop. Learn more about the murals that make up this colorful corridor and discover art in hidden places.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Northwest Corner of Wabash Avenue and Harrison Street

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1.5 Hours
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Northwest Corner of Wabash Avenue and Harrison Street

Tiffany in Chicago

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
$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Cultural Center north lobby, 77 E. Randolph St.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.5 Hours
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Cultural Center north lobby, 77 E. Randolph St.

Must-See Chicago

Must-See Chicago is a fast-paced, 90-minute introductory tour to Chicago featuring some of its most famous buildings, including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, Willis (Sears) Tower, the Chicago Theatre and more!

Price
$30 Public, Free for Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 Public, Free for Members
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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Architecture of the Magnificent Mile

Discover how a dirt road known as Pine Street transformed into a "Paris on the Prairie" and later into the Magnificent Mile, the city’s premier shopping district. Hear the secrets and stories behind the striking buildings on North Michigan Avenue that…

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$30 Public, Free for Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 Public, Free for Members
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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

What's New

Over the course of 90 minutes, explore some of the newest buildings around the Chicago Architecture Center, focusing on construction elements and their impact on the city’s built environment.

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$30 Public, Free for Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 Public, Free for Members
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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Mid-Century Modern Skyscrapers

Looking for iconic Mid-Century Modern architecture? What better place than Chicago with its triumvirate of modern architects (Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg and SOM) and a city ready and willing to accept them. Find out what set these buildings…

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$30 Public, Free for Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 Public, Free for Members
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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Millennium Park: Beyond the Bean

*Premier Tour: Learn how architects, artists and engineers collaborated with Chicago’s movers and shakers to transform a railroad yard and parking lot into a magnificent park that has thrilled millions and become the envy of cities around the world…

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

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1.5 Hours
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Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

Humboldt Park

Walk the historic core in the largest of Chicago’s West Side parks, created by many including William LeBaron Jenney and Jens Jensen. Discover architecture and sculpture that honor many of the immigrant groups that have created our city. Our walk partner…

Duration
2 Hours
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At the Humboldt Park Boathouse portico, 1301 North Humboldt Drive

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2 Hours
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At the Humboldt Park Boathouse portico, 1301 North Humboldt Drive

Gothic Chicago

*Premier Tour: Chicago is home to several styles of Gothic Architecture: French, English, Castellated, Collegiate, German, Spanish and Venetian, found in more than 90 structures scattered throughout the city. This tour highlights numerous examples of…

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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Water Tower at Jane Byrne Park, 801 E. Tower Ct.

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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Water Tower at Jane Byrne Park, 801 E. Tower Ct.

Churches in Evanston

*Premier Tour: Evanston has been called the “City of Churches.” This walking tour near the city center features the exteriors of nine churches in the space of 10 blocks. Styles include Gothic, Romanesque, New England Meeting House, and Classical Revival…

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Merrick Rose Garden, southwest corner of Oak Ave. and Lake St., 1426 Oak Ave. Evanston

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1.5 Hours
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Merrick Rose Garden, southwest corner of Oak Ave. and Lake St., 1426 Oak Ave. Evanston

Historic Austin

Explore the architectural gems of Austin, a former “railroad suburb” on Chicago’s West side. Annexed in 1899, Austin became the home of numerous immigrant communities and remains a hub for many grand residences built in the fashionable Queen Anne…

Duration
2 Hours
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Fountain at the east end of Midway Park, 5701 W Midway Park

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2 Hours
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Fountain at the east end of Midway Park, 5701 W Midway Park

Kenilworth

Walk Kenilworth's leafy streets, learn the history of the village, view its earliest houses and see other fine examples of residential architecture that were designed between 1891 and the mid-1920s by distinguished Chicago architects.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Kenilworth Metra Station, 400 Richmond Rd. Kenilworth, IL

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1.5 Hours
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Kenilworth Metra Station, 400 Richmond Rd. Kenilworth, IL

Chicago Icons: Connecting Past and Present

This lively overview of Chicago architecture explores iconic buildings from the 1890s to present. We'll compare and contrast a wide range of buildings with varying architectural styles and see how older structures connect to new skyline additions.

Price
$30 Public, Free for Members
Duration
1.75 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 Public, Free for Members
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1.75 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park

Oak Park is home to the world’s largest collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. View the exteriors of nearly a dozen of Wright’s structures.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1 Hour
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The Frank Lloyd Wright memorial stone at the northeast entrance to Austin Gardens, 199 Forest Ave., Oak Park, IL 60301

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1 Hour
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The Frank Lloyd Wright memorial stone at the northeast entrance to Austin Gardens, 199 Forest Ave., Oak Park, IL 60301

Explore Chinatown

Discover the art, architecture and history of Chinatown on this 90-minute walk, which includes stops at a Chinese bakery and a former Italian church. The tour concludes near some of Chinatown’s tastiest restaurants, convenient for those wanting to stay…

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

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1.5 Hours
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Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

Northwestern University

Discover Northwestern University’s stunning, wooded campus on the shore of Lake Michigan. This two-hour walking tour explores a wide variety of architectural styles, from 19th Century Collegiate Gothic buildings to cutting-edge, contemporary designs…

Price
$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
2 Hours
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Outside Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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2 Hours
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Outside Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL

Louis Sullivan Rediscovered

See the trailblazing work of Louis H. Sullivan on this tour through Chicago’s Loop and discover how this pioneering architect cleverly fused elements of nature with early skyscraper technology.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Southwest corner of E. Monroe St. and S. Columbus Dr., 298 E. Monroe St.

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1.5 Hours
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Southwest corner of E. Monroe St. and S. Columbus Dr., 298 E. Monroe St.

Walk the 606

Learn about The 606/Bloomingdale Trail and how it came to be during this 90-minute, one-mile walking tour along the beautifully restored Bloomingdale railroad viaduct on Chicago’s northwest side.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Bloomingdale Trail entrance on Marshfield Ave., 1802 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.5 Hours
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Bloomingdale Trail entrance on Marshfield Ave., 1802 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

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.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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1000 W. Lake St.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.5 Hours
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1000 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!

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

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

Kenwood

Hear the history of this stately neighborhood, home to Chicago’s early industrialists, modern-day innovators and President Barack Obama.

Duration
2 Hours
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S. Woodlawn Ave. and E. Hyde Park Blvd., 5056 S. Woodlawn Ave.

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2 Hours
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S. Woodlawn Ave. and E. Hyde Park Blvd., 5056 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Walk Pilsen

Discover Pilsen, a neighborhood that continues to welcome immigrants, adding to the mosaic that enriches urban life. Walk a vibrant community whose architecture and art reflect the dreams of all who come to Chicago. Trace European and Mexican influences…

Duration
2 Hours
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CTA 18th St. L Station, just west of Paulina St., 1710 W. 18th St.

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2 Hours
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CTA 18th St. L Station, just west of Paulina St., 1710 W. 18th St.

Uptown

Discover Uptown—a treasure trove of terra cotta ornament and creatively repurposed historic buildings; home to entertainment palaces like the Riviera, Green Mill and the Aragon Ballroom; and one of the most diverse neighborhoods on the North Side.

Duration
2 Hours
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CTA Wilson Station, near the Divvy bike station, 4620 N. Broadway St.

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2 Hours
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CTA Wilson Station, near the Divvy bike station, 4620 N. Broadway St.

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.

Duration
2 Hours
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Northwest corner of Hinman Ave. and Lake St., Evanston, IL

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2 Hours
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Northwest corner of Hinman Ave. and Lake St., Evanston, IL

Hyde Park

In addition to being the site of the 1893 World’s Fair, Hyde Park is also home to the University of Chicago and many significant buildings, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Robie House.

Duration
2 Hours
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Northwest corner of E. 59th St. and S. Woodlawn Ave., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn Ave

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2 Hours
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Northwest corner of E. 59th St. and S. Woodlawn Ave., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn Ave

Gold Coast: Astor Street

Discover the architectural treasures of the Astor Street Historic District, one of Chicago's most affluent neighborhoods. The tour covers residential architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and looks at the preservation movement of the…

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1.5 Hours
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Near the Statue of Greene Vardiman Black, 29 E. North Blvd.

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1.5 Hours
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Near the Statue of Greene Vardiman Black, 29 E. North Blvd.

Gold Coast: Dearborn Street

See beautifully preserved examples of domestic architecture of the early 1900s in this delightful walk along three blocks of Dearborn Street in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast.

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1.5 Hours
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Benches on the north side of the intersection of North Blvd. and N. Dearborn St., 45 N. Blvd.

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1.5 Hours
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Benches on the north side of the intersection of North Blvd. and N. Dearborn St., 45 N. Blvd.

Aqua, St. Regis Chicago and Lakeshore East

Discover Chicago’s newest neighborhood, Lakeshore East, featuring two notable buildings designed by the woman-led Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower and the St. Regis Chicago.

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

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

Mies and Modernism: The IIT Campus Tour

The Illinois Institute of Technology is home to the largest group of buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe—the most influential figure in American Modernism. This tour traces the evolution of the campus with a special emphasis on the years 1938—1958—the…

Duration
2 Hours
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Inside Perlstein Hall, 10 W. 33rd St.

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2 Hours
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Inside Perlstein Hall, 10 W. 33rd St.

Wicker Park

Learn the history of this Northwest Side classic Chicago neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Developed by numerous immigrant communities beginning in the 1870s, today it is a diverse mix of economic levels and architectural…

Duration
2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave.

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2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave.

Grant Park Secrets

Grant Park’s landscape is both front yard and recreation spot for Chicago. But did you know that the area was once under water? Or that at one time it housed an airfield, a major league sports team and the tomb of a Civil War hero? Join us as we unlock…

Duration
2 Hours
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Art Institute Chicago South Garden; S Michigan Ave. and E. Jackson Blvd., 111 S. Michigan Ave.

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2 Hours
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Art Institute Chicago South Garden; S Michigan Ave. and E. Jackson Blvd., 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago's Moveable Bridges

Understand how the unique Chicago-style bascule bridges work. View the underpinnings of the bridges, as the tour follows the bridge lifts of three of the Chicago River’s most famous bridges, including Michigan Avenue’s DuSable Bridge, Columbus Drive’s…

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1.5 Hours
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Northeast corner of Wacker and Columbus, at the top of the Riverwalk staircase.

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1.5 Hours
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Northeast corner of Wacker and Columbus, at the top of the Riverwalk staircase.

Civil War to Civil Rights at Oak Woods Cemetery

Hear the stories behind the people buried at the beautiful and tranquil Oak Woods Cemetery on Chicago’s South Side, from important local African Americans who fought for Civil Rights to Confederate prisoners of war.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

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1.5 Hours
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1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

Civil War and Chicago's Role: Rosehill Cemetery

Hear the stories of the heroes, villains and ordinary citizens on this visit to Rosehill Cemetery. Learn about the people who were instrumental in the nomination of Lincoln, discover the role of newspaper editors in this struggle and those who were involved…

Duration
2 Hours
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Inside cemetery entrance gate, 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave.

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2 Hours
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Inside cemetery entrance gate, 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave.

Elevated Architecture: Downtown "L" Train

Explore Chicago’s amazing architecture from the unique perspective of elevated trains and station platforms. Learn the history behind the famous "L" system and hear how it has shaped the development of buildings within the Loop.

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$30 Public, Free for Members
Duration
2 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 Public, Free for Members
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2 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

875 N. Michigan Ave (John Hancock Center)

Completed in 1970, 875 N. Michigan Ave (John Hancock Center) dominates the northern end of Chicago’s skyline. On this tour, you'll learn how the building forever changed the character of North Michigan Avenue.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
0.75 Hour
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875 N. Michigan Ave., lower level lobby

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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0.75 Hour
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875 N. Michigan Ave., lower level lobby

Modernist Masterpieces: Marina City and the IBM Building

Where else but Chicago can you find two iconic mid-century buildings living side by side? Get the inside scoop on the buildings and their architects, Bertrand Goldberg and Mies van der Rohe. We will compare and contrast the sites, uses, structures, styles…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.25 Hours
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35 W. Wacker Dr.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1.25 Hours
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35 W. Wacker Dr.

Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Riverfront

Tour the lobbies of five opulent Art Deco skyscrapers built near the banks of the Chicago River during the business boom of the Roaring '20s. Learn how Art Deco reflected the era’s fun-loving optimism with lavish materials and geometric ornament.

Price
$30 Public, Free for Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

White City Revisited

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

Duration
2 Hours
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Southeast side of the parking lot at Hayes Dr and Cornell Dr, 1686 E. Hayes

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2 Hours
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Southeast side of the parking lot at Hayes Dr and Cornell Dr, 1686 E. Hayes

Beverly (South): A Castle, Mansions and More

Tour one of Chicago’s most fascinating neighborhoods, Beverly. Explore two houses built just after the Great Fire of 1871, a Frank Lloyd Wright home and a true Chicago castle. This tour showcases part of Chicago’s Longwood Drive Landmark District…

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1.5 Hours
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103rd St. - Beverly Hills Metra Station, 10301 S. Walden Pkwy.

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1.5 Hours
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103rd St. - Beverly Hills Metra Station, 10301 S. Walden Pkwy.

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Experience the allure of a historic, exclusive men's club transformed into a 21st century luxury hotel. You will see old world craftsmanship restored to its original elegance, plus renovated and newly added spaces.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1 Hour
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12 S. Michigan Ave., front entrance

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1 Hour
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12 S. Michigan Ave., front entrance

Chicago Board of Trade Building

The Chicago Board of Trade is a Loop icon anchoring the LaSalle Street financial corridor. We’ll see newly designed and renovated spaces, historical art and the massive traders’ vault within the three architecturally distinct Board of Trade buildings…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1 Hour
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141 W. Jackson Blvd., inside the building lobby

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1 Hour
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141 W. Jackson Blvd., inside the building lobby

Fine Arts Building

Discover this treasure trove on Michigan Avenue and learn how it went from a carriage showroom to a high-profile artists’ colony that housed tenants like Frank Lloyd Wright, Lorado Taft and Harriet Monroe.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1 Hour
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410 S. Michigan Ave., in front of the building

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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1 Hour
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410 S. Michigan Ave., in front of the building

Fort Sheridan

Discover the history and architecture of Fort Sheridan, a former military base listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Duration
2 Hours
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Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio, 912 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL

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2 Hours
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Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio, 912 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL

Graceland Cemetery

Beautiful and serene, Graceland Cemetery is a treasured oasis in the center of our bustling city. Notables interred here are Chicago's movers and shakers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Daniel Burnham, Potter Palmer, Charles Wacker, George…

Duration
2 Hours
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Gate at the intersection of Greenwood Ave. at Clark St. Note: The main gate at Clark and Irving Park is closed due to construction. Parking is not allowed inside the cemetery.

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2 Hours
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Gate at the intersection of Greenwood Ave. at Clark St. Note: The main gate at Clark and Irving Park is closed due to construction. Parking is not allowed inside the cemetery.

Graceland Cemetery: Symbols in Stone

As we explore a venerable section of Graceland Cemetery, we’ll discuss the meanings of and changes to gravestone symbols and shapes, from Victorian times to the present day.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Gate at the intersection of Greenwood Ave. at Clark St. Note: The main gate at Clark and Irving Park is closed due to construction. Parking is not allowed inside the cemetery.

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1.5 Hours
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Gate at the intersection of Greenwood Ave. at Clark St. Note: The main gate at Clark and Irving Park is closed due to construction. Parking is not allowed inside the cemetery.

Graceland Cemetery: Women of Influence

During Chicago’s period of growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women played a hugely influential role by participating in the Underground Railroad, exhibiting the first Modern Art paintings, creating the juvenile justice system and even…

Duration
2 Hours
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Gate at the intersection of Greenwood Ave. at Clark St. Note: The main gate at Clark and Irving Park is closed due to construction. Parking is not allowed inside the cemetery.

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2 Hours
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Gate at the intersection of Greenwood Ave. at Clark St. Note: The main gate at Clark and Irving Park is closed due to construction. Parking is not allowed inside the cemetery.

Highland Park

This tour traces Highland Park’s history from pioneer settlement to summer retreat for Chicago’s wealthy to year-round suburb. Encounter a beautiful variety of residential styles and see homes by architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and W. W. Boyington…

Duration
2 Hours
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Highland Park City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park, IL

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2 Hours
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Highland Park City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park, IL

Hotel Boom: Making Old New Again

Chicago’s growth as a favorite travel destination has fueled a surge in the creative repurposing of historic skyscrapers into chic new hotels. Learn how and why a former motor club, insurance company and bank have undergone this change

Price
$30 Public, Free for Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$30 Public, Free for Members
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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Illinois Center Pedway

Take a warm walk and see the cool architecture of the Illinois Center Pedway. Learn how an abandoned railway freight yard was transformed into an important urban development. You’ll see some pretty and some gritty portions of the Pedway as we travel…

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Outside Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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1.5 Hours
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Outside Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Inland Steel Building

As the first skyscraper built within the Loop after World War II, the Inland Steel Building became an instant symbol of Chicago’s prominence as a modern American city in the 20th century.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
0.75 Hour
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30 W. Monroe St., inside the building's lobby

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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0.75 Hour
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30 W. Monroe St., inside the building's lobby

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…

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1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan Ave.

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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,…

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2 Hours
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Lake Bluff Metra Station, 600 Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff, IL

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2 Hours
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Lake Bluff Metra Station, 600 Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff, IL

Lake Forest Cemetery

Experience the Lake Forest Cemetery's park-like setting overlooking Lake Michigan in one of Chicago's most beautiful premier suburbs. Hear stories of Lake Forest's founding and those who made their mark from Civil War to modern times.

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2 Hours
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Cemetery gate at far north end of Lake Rd., 1525 Lake Rd., Lake Forest, IL

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2 Hours
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Cemetery gate at far north end of Lake Rd., 1525 Lake Rd., Lake Forest, IL

Lincoln Park: From Cemetery to Sculpture Garden

Take a pleasant walk through Chicago’s beautiful Lincoln Park—a former lakeside cemetery turned recreation destination. Hear about the park’s history, learn the stories behind famous sculptures and enjoy a stroll through the park’s beloved zoo…

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2 Hours
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Children's Fountain, at the northeast corner of W North Blvd and N Clark St

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2 Hours
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Children's Fountain, at the northeast corner of W North Blvd and N Clark St

Macy's on State: The Legacy of Marshall Field's

Explore the construction, development and renovation of this State Street landmark by Daniel Burnham.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1 Hour
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Meet inside the Washington Street entrance that is closest to Wabash

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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Meet inside the Washington Street entrance that is closest to Wabash

Marquette Building

Completed in 1895, the Marquette Building brings Chicago’s early history to life in an artistic and elegant setting. Examine the innovative exterior and get an up-close view of the beautiful interior.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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0.75 Hour
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140 S. Dearborn St., inside the building lobby

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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140 S. Dearborn St., inside the building lobby

Merchandise Mart

Once the largest building in the world, the Merchandise Mart remains a center for commercial and residential design. This massive structure has kept up with the times and is now recognized as a key Chicago hub for technological innovation.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
0.75 Hour
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222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago River entrance

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0.75 Hour
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222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago River entrance

Monadnock Building

Tour the world’s tallest commercial building with load-bearing masonry walls and learn how the transition from masonry to steel frame skyscrapers transformed the workplace.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
0.75 Hour
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Inside Monadnock building, 53 W. Jackson Blvd.

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0.75 Hour
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Inside Monadnock building, 53 W. Jackson Blvd.

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…

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1.5 Hours
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1650-58 N. Sedgwick St. (Across from Twin Anchors Restaurant and Tavern)

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1650-58 N. Sedgwick St. (Across from Twin Anchors Restaurant and Tavern)

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
1.5 Hours
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Visitor Welcome Pavilion in Polk Bros Park, 600 E. Grand Ave.

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1.5 Hours
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Visitor Welcome Pavilion in Polk Bros Park, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Palmer House Hotel

Experience the glamour, intrigue and excitement of the bygone "Grand Hotel" era at the Palmer House. See recently restored public spaces and renovated guest rooms while learning about the history of Chicago’s oldest continually operating hotel.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1 Hour
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Inside the hotel entrance at 124 S. Wabash Ave.

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1 Hour
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Inside the hotel entrance at 124 S. Wabash Ave.

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…

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
2.5 Hours
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Replay, 5358 N. Clark Street

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Replay, 5358 N. Clark Street

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…

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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…

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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.

Reliance Building

Marvel at the original marble, mahogany doors and decorative wrought iron found throughout the two lobbies and uppermost floors of this 1895 building, designed by John Wellborn Root and Charles Atwood.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
0.75 Hour
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Main Lobby, 1 W. Washington St. entrance

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0.75 Hour
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Main Lobby, 1 W. Washington St. entrance

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…

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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.

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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…

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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

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.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1 Hour
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209 S. LaSalle St. at the grand staircase

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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 with offices, designed for worship and work.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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South east corner of State St. and Jackson Blvd.

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South east corner of State St. and Jackson Blvd.

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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The southeast corner of Fullerton Ave and Sheffield Ave, 959 W. Fullerton Ave.

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1.5 Hours
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The southeast corner of Fullerton Ave and Sheffield Ave, 959 W. Fullerton Ave.

The Old Post Office

Explore the new Old Post Office Building, whose early 20th-century design has been adaptively reused into a beautiful, modern Class A Office building.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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The Old Post Office Building; meet inside the Van Buren entrance with the US flag above it

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The Old Post Office Building; meet inside the Van Buren entrance with the US flag above it

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…

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1.5 Hours
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Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 N. Leavitt St.

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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.

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.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1 Hour
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401 N. Wabash Ave., building's east entrance

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401 N. Wabash Ave., building's east entrance

Union Station: Icon of a Great Age

Union Station is seen every day by thousands of commuters—and yet, not really seen! Slow down and take in the gorgeous details of this historic landmark, including the stunning Great Hall, which was recently restored to its original 1925 glory.

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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1 Hour
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500 W. Jackson Blvd. between Canal and Clinton

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500 W. Jackson Blvd. between Canal and Clinton

Rogers Park: Mile of Murals

Bold imagery and vibrant color come to life along a 14,000-square-foot stretch of the CTA Red Line in Rogers Park. Explore the 14 completed paintings that make up the neighborhood's Mile of Murals on this guided tour.

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1.5 Hours
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Corner of N. Glenwood Avenue and W. Morse Avenue (East side of the Morse L station)

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1.5 Hours
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Corner of N. Glenwood Avenue and W. Morse Avenue (East side of the Morse L station)

Marvelous Midway

The Midway Plaisance at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition was a special, exciting, entertaining and fun experience, creating the legacy that would forever give us a Midway at every fair and carnival. Join us for a walk around the Midway as we recall…

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1.5 Hours
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Chicago Blackhawks Ice Rink at Midway Plaisance

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Chicago Blackhawks Ice Rink at Midway Plaisance

Columbia College Student Center

This Gold LEED certified building, with myriad sustainable features throughout, includes recyclable materials, glass that protects against birds flying into the building, noise cancelling walls for music practitioners and low-carbon concrete.

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$30 public, $10 basic Members, FREE for Art Deco Members and above
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0.75 Hour
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Columbia College Student Center, at the corner of 8th Street and Wabash Ave

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Columbia College Student Center, at the corner of 8th Street and Wabash Ave