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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.

1.5 Hours
$26 public (includes CAC admission)
Free for CAC members
North Ave. between State and Astor Streets

Learn about the celebrated people who have lived on the Gold Coast and the remarkable events that have occurred there. We’ll discuss how the land once owned by the Catholic Church gained the Astor name and how the Gold Coast became a haven for the city’s wealthiest residents while walking past more than 40 elegant homes in the Romanesque, Queen Anne, Tudor, Art Deco and Modern styles.

  • Although it's not required, we recommend making reservations in advance for this tour.
  • Tour meets in the park at the Dr. Greene Vardiman Black statue across from the Cardinal’s Mansion.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.
  • This tour is available for private bookings. Contact for more information.

Upcoming Gold Coast: Astor Street Tours