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Beginning April 17, the CAC Box Office and Design Store are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am–4pm. Stay tuned for more updates.

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.

Duration
1.5 Hours
Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission)
Free to CAC members
Meet
410 S. Michigan Ave.

Highlights on this walking tour include Burnham and Root’s Rookery (1888), a transitional building with a Moorish and Romanesque exterior and a stunning interior atrium re-designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; Adler and Sullivan’s Auditorium Building (1889), a masterpiece of acoustical and structural engineering; and Holabird and Roche’s Marquette Building (1895), an outstanding example of the metal frame expression with traditional details and decorations.

Notes:
  • Advance reservations required. Tickets go off sale at 4pm the day prior.
  • Your safety is our priority. The itinerary of this tour may be altered in accordance with health and safety policies and considerations.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.
  • *This tour meets at 410 S. Michigan Ave., outside the Fine Arts Building.

Upcoming Chicago’s First Skyscrapers Tours