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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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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, $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

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, $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.

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.

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

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.

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…

Price
$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth 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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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

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.

Price
$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.

Price
$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!

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.

Kenwood

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

Price
$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
2 Hours
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S. Woodlawn Ave. and E. Hyde Park Blvd., 5056 S. Woodlawn Ave.

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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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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…

Price
$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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.

Price
$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
2 Hours
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CTA Wilson Station, near the Divvy bike station, 4620 N. Broadway St.

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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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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.

Price
$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
2 Hours
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Northwest corner of Hinman Ave. and Lake St., 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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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.

Price
$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
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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…

Price
$30 Public, $10 Basic Members, Free for Deco Members and above
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Near the Statue of Greene Vardiman Black, 29 E. North Blvd.

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