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Explore the architectural gems of Austin, a former “railroad suburb” on Chicago’s West side. Annexed in 1899, Austin became the home of numerous immigrant communities and remains a hub for many grand residences built in the fashionable Queen Anne, Prairie, and Shingle styles.

2 Hours
$30 Public
$10 Basic Members
Free for Deco Members and above
Fountain at the east end of Midway Park, 5701 W Midway Park
Premier tour*

Visit Austin’s historic Midway Park and surrounding streets with their late 19th and early 20th century houses, schools and storefronts, with works by prominent local architects including Frederick Schock, William Drummond and Dwight Perkins. Hear from Austin community members about their ongoing work to revitalize this vibrant neighborhood after years of discriminatory housing policies, disinvestment and other challenges.


  • Many tours sell out. To guarantee your space advance reservations are strongly recommended. 
  • Your safety is our priority. The itinerary of this tour may be altered in accordance with health and safety policies and considerations.

*Premier tours are free for Deco members and above. Learn about our membership levels.

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