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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

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
Meet
Wilson CTA L stop, near the Divvy bike station

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Wilson CTA L stop, near the Divvy bike station

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…

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. 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
1.5 Hours
Meet
Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan 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
Meet
CTA 18th St. L station, just west of Paulina St.

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Duration
2 Hours
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CTA 18th St. L station, just west of Paulina 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.

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Bloomingdale Trail entrance on Marshfield Ave.*

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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Bloomingdale Trail entrance on Marshfield Ave.*

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
Meet
In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Ave.

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Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Ave.

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
Meet
The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park

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Duration
2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park

Willis Tower and 311 S. Wacker Drive

Explore Willis Tower and learn how the architects met the challenges of designing a super-tall building in the 1970s. We’ll also visit 311 S. Wacker Drive across the street and compare its Postmodern design to Willis Tower’s Modernism.

Duration
0.75 Hour
Meet
Inside the Wacker Dr. entrance of Willis Tower

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Duration
0.75 Hour
Meet
Inside the Wacker Dr. entrance of Willis Tower