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Explore the fascinating history reflected in the unique designs of the North Shore suburb of Lake Bluff. Trace the history from the formation of the Lake Bluff Camp Meeting Association, and their plans for a resort similar to the Chautauqua movement, which defined the community into the 1890s. Then discover the changes as the Camp Meeting Association gave way to the Village and the significant architectural styles that arose after the turn of the 20th century.

2 Hours
$30 Public
$10 Basic Members
Free for Deco Members and above
Lake Bluff Metra Station, 600 Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff, IL
Premier tour*

See examples of the camp meeting cottages, Prairie School houses, an American System-built tract house, lakefront houses, a writers’ colony, a house designed for a theosophist, a 1930s metal art deco house and much more.

  • 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.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.

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

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