Discover the architectural treasures of the Astor Street Historic District, one of Chicago's most affluent neighborhoods. The tour covers residential architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and looks at the preservation movement of the 1970s that saved the homes from demolition.
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.
- Advance reservations required.
- Your safety is our priority. The itinerary of this tour may be altered in accordance with health and safety policies and considerations.
- 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.
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