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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

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
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Evanston's Raymond Park, Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

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$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

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

Duration
1 Hour
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410 S. Michigan Ave., in front of the building

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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
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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$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
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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

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
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CTA Morgan St Station, corner of Lake and Morgan

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$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
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North Ave. between State and Astor Streets

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

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

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

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

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

Highland Park

This tour traces Highland Park’s history from pioneer settlement to summer retreat for Chicago’s wealthy to year-round suburb. Encounter a beautiful variety of residential styles and see homes by architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and W. W. Boyington…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Highland Park City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave.

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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2 Hours
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Highland Park City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave.

Historic Treasures of Chicago’s Golden Age

Learn about the great architectural landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street, with glimpses inside beautiful buildings from the 1890s-1930s. Highlights include the dazzling interiors of the Palmer House Hotel and the Chicago Cultural Center.

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

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

Hotel Boom: Making Old New Again

Chicago is experiencing a surge in tourism, resulting in the creative repurpose of historic skyscrapers into chic new hotels. Learn how and why a former athletic club, silver manufacturer and motor club have undergone this change.

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

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

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. See these sites as well as pre-Chicago Fire houses…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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59th St. and Woodlawn Ave., Rockefeller Chapel*

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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59th St. and Woodlawn Ave., Rockefeller Chapel*