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In addition to our public walking tours, the CAC offers three more ways to experience our acclaimed walking tours.

Private and custom tours are intended for parties of up to eight people. These options are ideal for families and small social groups. 

Book your private or custom walking tour by contacting our Group Sales department today! Email

Private and custom tours are contingent upon docent availability. Please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to your preferred tour date.

Family Walking Tours

Join CAC Education staff for a special walking tour for you and up to six total members of your family, for just $99!

Enjoy a special, safe walking tour experience from 45−60 minutes with one of the CAC’s expertly trained Education Guides, as they share secrets and stories behind some of the city’s most famous buildings—all just steps away from the Center at 111 East Wacker Drive.

With content curated specifically for youth ages eight and up, the whole family will enjoy learning how Chicago grew and why it became a global capital for great architecture.

Tours are offered seven days a week, subject to availability. To book your group of up to six people, please email

  • Chicago Architecture Basics
    This tour explores Chicago history through the lens of the city’s architecture. It includes visits to iconic structures that showcase why Chicago is the city of architectural innovation. 
  • Chicago: City on the Move
    Chicago’s location at a key transportation junction allowed it to grow at a rapid rate. Discover engineering breakthroughs that helped the city utilize water, rails and roads to move goods and people—from 1850 to today. 
  • 1893 World's Fair
    While the 1893 World’s Fair was held on the South Shore of Lake Michigan in mostly temporary buildings, there are sites downtown—still standing today—that date from the Fair and highlight its impact. 
  • The Great Fire
    Explore the 150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire with this virtual field trip offering. Go behind the scenes and learn about the history of the fire and the lessons learned, after. Don’t wait, this is a limited offering!


Let the CAC design and lead a bespoke tour for up to eight attendees based on your group’s interests! The Architecture Conversations custom tour option we’ve offered for many years may be more ideal now than ever while gathering sizes are limited.

Architecture Conversations and other specially customized tours start with a minimum two-hour reservation at $375, with each additional hour $125.