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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

Discover Chicago's Historic Neighborhoods

CAC has partnered with Big Bus Chicago for a tour that explores Chicago's mosaic of neighborhoods. Every day at 10:30am, discover five fascinating communities from a seat on an open-top bus. You'll get an intriguing look at the art, architecture and history…

Price
$35 public (includes CAC admission), $27 CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$35 public (includes CAC admission), $27 CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Architectural Highlights by Bus

Discover the exciting diversity of Chicago architecture on this wide-ranging odyssey, which traces the city’s development from its founding through present day.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
3.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
3.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Murals

This year’s Chicago Murals tour heads to Hyde Park, where you’ll see a variety of amazing Progressive Era and Community Arts Movement murals. Stops highlight works by William Walker and women muralists Astrid Fuller and Olivia Gude, among others.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Churches By Bus

See five stunning churches in Wicker Park and West Town on this fascinating tour.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
6 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
6 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Devil in the White City

This tour explores the compelling true story told by Erik Larson in his best selling book, "The Devil in the White City," about two simultaneous events in Chicago history: the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the emergence of serial murderer…

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
3.25 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
3.25 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Emerging Chicago

Discover what’s new and important in Chicago’s built environment on this exclusive tour. This year we’re partnering with Related Midwest, a large real estate development company, to show you unique residential projects in three neighborhoods.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Farnsworth House by Bus

Farnsworth House—the famous glass house along the bank of the Fox River—is one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951. A founder and leader of the modernist movement in Europe, Mies lived…

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Farnsworth House Plus

Farnsworth House—the famous glass house along the bank of the Fox River—is one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951. A founder and leader of the modernist movement in Europe, Mies lived…

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

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this tour. To learn about other CAC tours and events, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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

Frank Lloyd Wright by Bus

Discover the neighborhood where Wright's famed Prairie Style of architecture evolved. The tour includes bus transportation to and from Oak Park with commentary, a one-hour interior tour of Wright’s Home and Studio and a walking tour of the Frank Lloyd…

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Frank Lloyd Wright Neighborhoods by Bus

Follow Frank Lloyd Wright's career from 1899 to 1913, when his designs changed the face of the American family home. See more than 25 homes, including the Martin, Cheney and Roberts homes, which are not featured on any other CAC tour.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Gothic Revival Architecture

Hidden among Chicago’s Modern buildings is a rich collection of Gothic architecture. Discover why architects from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries revived this style from the Middle Ages. See beautiful interiors and a few surprising exteriors!

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

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this one-time only tour. To learn about other CAC tours and events, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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

Holiday Lights, City Lights

Don’t let the cold weather deter you from admiring Chicago’s stunning architecture! Hop aboard Big Bus Chicago and hear the stories of great architects and leaders who shaped the city while taking in twinkling holiday and building lights.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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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.

Parks by Bus

You might drive or bike past them often, but have you ever really explored Chicago’s beautiful parks? This year’s Parks by Bus tour will take you to fascinating parks and fieldhouses, with time to stop and smell the flowers!

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Private and Custom Tour Experiences

Let us arrange a private or custom architecture tour for you! An experienced and knowledgeable CAC docent can take you on an existing tour or create a tour based on your interests. These tours are perfect for anyone looking for a more exclusive experience…

Note: Private and custom tours can be scheduled by contacting Group Sales at 312.322.1130 or groupsales@architecture.org.

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Schools by Bus

Take a day trip to the North Shore to see some fantastic school architecture. We will visit the acclaimed Crow Island School, the North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka and two new additions to Northwestern University.

Duration
5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.*

Note: The annual departure of this special CAC tour will be scheduled again next year. To get tour updates, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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