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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

Chicago Shakespeare Theater & The Yard

Since its opening on Navy Pier in 1999, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has grown to be one of the largest theater companies in the city. Explore the theater’s three performance venues, including The Yard, a newly constructed, flexible year-round stage…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
Theater lobby, 800 E. Grand Ave.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
Theater lobby, 800 E. Grand Ave.

Chicago Modern

Chicago is recognized as a leader in Modern architecture, a style that revolutionized our visual world during the mid-20th Century. View iconic Modern skyscrapers during this walking tour.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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 men who were instrumental in the nomination of Lincoln, discover the role of newspaper editors in this struggle and see how women contributed…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
5800 N. Ravenswood Ave., inside entrance gate

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
5800 N. Ravenswood Ave., inside entrance gate

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

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

Daniel Burnham: Architect, Planner, Leader

Explore some of Burnham’s best-known landmarks as well as lesser-known designs on this tour that examines all facets of Burnham’s legacy—as an architect, planner and leader in Chicago, the city he cherished.

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.

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
Meet
Evanston's Raymond Park, Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Evanston's Raymond Park, Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

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
Meet
Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

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

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.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
410 S. Michigan Ave., in front of the building

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
410 S. Michigan Ave., in front of the building

Food and Architecture of 1893

On this "see and taste" walking tour, you can imagine what Chicago looked like during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, while tasting new foods that were introduced at the fair.

Price
$35 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$35 public (includes CAC admission), $10 CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker 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…

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

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

Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park

Oak Park is home to the world’s largest collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Join us on this tour to view the exteriors of a rich selection of Wright's structures, including Prairie style and Victorian homes.

Price
$15 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park

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Price
$15 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park

Fulton-Randolph Market: From Gritty to Gourmet

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.

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
CTA Morgan St Station, corner of Lake and Morgan

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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CTA Morgan St Station, corner of Lake and Morgan

Gold Coast: Astor Street

Discover the architectural treasures of the Gold Coast, one of Chicago’s most affluent neighborhoods. This tour covers residential architecture along Lake Shore Drive and in the Astor Street Historic District.

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
North Ave. between State and Astor Streets

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Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
North Ave. between State and Astor Streets

Gold Coast: Dearborn Street

See some of Chicago's most beautiful residences and an early 1900s church on this delightful walk along three blocks of Dearborn Street. Learn the history of this storied Near North neighborhood, established in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire.

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Intersection of Dearborn St. and North Blvd.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Intersection of Dearborn St. and North Blvd.

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
Meet
Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate