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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.

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Illinois Center Pedway

Take a warm walk and see the cool architecture of the Illinois Center Pedway. Learn how an abandoned railway freight yard was transformed into an important urban development. You’ll see some pretty and some gritty portions of the Pedway as we travel…

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Inland Steel Building

As the first skyscraper built within the Loop after World War II, the Inland Steel Building became an instant symbol of Chicago’s prominence as a modern American city in the 20th century.

Duration
0.75 Hour
Meet
30 W. Monroe St., inside the building's lobby

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Duration
0.75 Hour
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30 W. Monroe St., inside the building's lobby

Kenwood

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

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Woodlawn Ave. and E. Hyde Park Blvd. (51st St.)

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Woodlawn Ave. and E. Hyde Park Blvd. (51st St.)

Lake Bluff

Explore the fascinating history reflected in the unique designs of the North Shore suburb of Lake Bluff. Trace the history from the formation of the Lake Bluff Camp Meeting Association, and their plans for a resort similar to the Chautauqua movement,…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
600 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff train station

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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600 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff train station

Lake Forest Cemetery

Experience the Lake Forest Cemetery's park-like setting overlooking Lake Michigan in one of Chicago's most beautiful premier suburbs. Hear stories of Lake Forest's founding and those who made their mark from Civil War to modern times.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Cemetery gate at far north end of Lake Ave.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Cemetery gate at far north end of Lake Ave.

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
$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
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Logan Square

Step back into the late 19th century and early 20th century with this walk down Logan Boulevard, one of the best preserved sections of Chicago’s boulevard system.

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Intersection of Logan, Kedzie and Milwaukee Ave.

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Duration
2 Hours
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Intersection of Logan, Kedzie and Milwaukee Ave.

Marquette Building

Completed in 1895, the Marquette Building brings Chicago’s early history to life in an artistic and elegant setting. Examine the innovative exterior and get an up-close view of the beautiful interior.

Duration
0.75 Hour
Meet
140 S. Dearborn St., inside the building lobby

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Duration
0.75 Hour
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140 S. Dearborn St., inside the building lobby

Merchandise Mart

Once the largest building in the world, the Merchandise Mart remains a center for commercial and residential design. This massive structure has kept up with the times and is now recognized as a key Chicago hub for technological innovation.

Duration
0.75 Hour
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222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago River entrance

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Duration
0.75 Hour
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222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago River entrance

Mies and Modernism: The IIT Campus Tour

The Illinois Institute of Technology is home to the largest group of buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe—the most influential figure in American Modernism. This tour traces the evolution of the campus with a special emphasis on the years 1938—1958—the…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Inside Perlstein Hall, 10 W. 33rd St.

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Inside Perlstein Hall, 10 W. 33rd St.

Millennium Park: Beyond the Bean

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
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Monadnock Building

Tour the world’s tallest commercial building with load-bearing masonry walls and learn about the transition from masonry to steel frame skyscrapers.

Duration
0.75 Hour
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Inside Monadnock building, 53 W. Jackson Blvd.

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Duration
0.75 Hour
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Inside Monadnock building, 53 W. Jackson Blvd.

Motor Row

Take a trip back into the Golden Age of the automobile when all your automotive needs could be found in what remains the most intact historic automotive mall in the United States. The Landmark Motor Row Historic District contains more than 50 buildings…

Duration
1.25 Hours
Meet
2222 S. Michigan Ave.

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Duration
1.25 Hours
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2222 S. Michigan Ave.

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
$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.