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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.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Wilson CTA L stop, near the Divvy bike station

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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2 Hours
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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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan Ave.*

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

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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CTA 18th St. L station, just west of Paulina St.

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

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Bloomingdale Trail entrance on Marshfield Ave.*

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

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Ave.

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park