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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

Expo Chicago + Sculpture in the Loop

See monumental works by Modern masters including Picasso, Chagall and Miro on this 90-minute tour, as well as lesser-known hidden sculptures among the Loop's skyscrapers.

Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Expo Chicago + Tiffany Treasures

Learn about the life and work of Louis Comfort Tiffany as we visit some of Chicago’s most magnificent art-glass and mosaic installations.

Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$45 public and CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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
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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
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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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
912 Lyster Rd., Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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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
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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.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
CTA Morgan St Station, corner of Lake and Morgan

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
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.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
North Ave. between State and Astor Streets

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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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.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Intersection of Dearborn St. and North Blvd.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

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. We’ll see a variety of obelisks and mausoleums, as well as distinctive memorials…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
AIC South Garden; Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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AIC South Garden; Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd.

Hidden (Mostly Indoor) Art

Walk with us and find the truly fine art hiding in building lobbies across the Loop—and a few on the buildings themselves. Find out why these pieces are placed where they are, discover new artists and learn how the art and the buildings complement each…

Duration
1 Hour
Meet
Outside the building at 222 N. LaSalle St.

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 Hour
Meet
Outside the building at 222 N. LaSalle St.

Hidden (Mostly Outdoor) Art

See what you might not see—fine art hidden in the open. Find out why what’s there is there, discover artists new to you, see old friends in new ways and learn why building owners and managers want art at their buildings.

Duration
1 Hour
Meet
In front of 150 N. Michigan Ave.

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
1 Hour
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In front of 150 N. Michigan Ave.