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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 (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.

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
Duration
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
Duration
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 (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.75 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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

Wabash Avenue Arts Corridor

*Premier Tour: 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.

Price
$30 public, $25 students, $15 Basic Members, FREE Donor-Level Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Northwest Corner of Wabash Avenue and Harrison Street

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$30 public, $25 students, $15 Basic Members, FREE Donor-Level Members
Duration
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 (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Cultural Center north lobby, 77 E. Randolph St.

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

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…

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.

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.

Price
$30 public, FREE for CAC members , $25 students
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$30 public, FREE for CAC members , $25 students
Duration
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…

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.

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…

Price
$30 public, $15 Basic Members, FREE Donor-Level Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

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$30 public, $15 Basic Members, FREE Donor-Level Members
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1.5 Hours
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Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

Humboldt Park

*Premier Tour: Walk the historic core in the largest 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…

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At the Humboldt Park Boathouse portico, 1301 North Humboldt Drive

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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…

Price
$30 public, $15 Basic Members, Free Donor-Level Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Water Tower at Jane Byrne Park, 801 E. Tower Ct.

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$30 public, $15 Basic Members, Free Donor-Level Members
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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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Duration
1.5 Hours
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Merrick Rose Garden, southwest corner of Oak Ave. and Lake St., 1426 Oak Ave. Evanston

Historic Austin

*Premier Tour: 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…

Price
$30 public, $15 for Basic Members, FREE for Donor-Level Members
Duration
2 Hours
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Fountain at the east end of Midway Park, 5701 W Midway Park

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$30 public, $15 for Basic Members, FREE for Donor-Level Members
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2 Hours
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Fountain at the east end of Midway Park, 5701 W Midway Park