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Chicago is known around the world for its architecture. Whether you tour downtown or a neighborhood, our expert docent guides will tell you the stories behind the buildings. Visit iconic skyscrapers, elegant hotels or the legendary houses of Frank Lloyd Wright. With more than 85 tours to choose from, we won't blame you if you can't pick just one.

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Vice to Nice: Transformation of the South Loop

The story of the South Loop is complete with characters, corruption, renewal and transformation. Explore how an area known for vice, gangsters, a few famous madams and a lot of abandoned railroad tracks has transformed into today’s thriving South Loop…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan Ave.

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$20 public, FREE for CAF members
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1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan Ave.

Walk Pilsen

Discover Pilsen, a neighborhood that continues to welcome immigrants, adding to the mosaic that enriches urban life. Walk a vibrant community whose architecture and art reflect the dreams of all who come to Chicago. Trace European and Mexican influences…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
CTA 18th St. L station, just west of Paulina St.

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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CTA 18th St. L station, just west of Paulina St.

Walk the 606

A 90-minute, one mile walking tour of the 606/Bloomingdale Trail, an elevated walking and bicycling trail and linear park on top of the beautifully restored Bloomingdale railroad viaduct on Chicago’s northwest side.

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Trail entrance above Marshfield and Bloomingdale

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Trail entrance above Marshfield and Bloomingdale

White City Revisited

Explore Jackson Park, site of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and future home to the Obama Presidential Center.

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Ave.

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Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Ave.

Wicker Park

Learn the history of this Northwest Side classic Chicago neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Developed by numerous immigrant communities beginning in the 1870s, today it is a diverse mix of economic levels and architectural…

Price
$15 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park

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$15 public, FREE for CAF members
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2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park

Willis Tower and 311 S. Wacker Drive

Originally named the Sears Tower, Willis Tower was the world's tallest building when completed in 1974. Learn how architects met the challenges of designing a super-tall building and compare Willis Tower, a testament to Modernism, with 311 S. Wacker Drive…

Duration
0.75 Hour
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Inside the Wacker Dr. entrance of Willis Tower

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this tour. To learn about other CAF tours and events, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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0.75 Hour
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Inside the Wacker Dr. entrance of Willis Tower

Women in Chicago Architecture

Women have been architects for decades, but its only in recent years that their achievements have been acknowledged. Today, women architects are reshaping Chicago's skyline. Join us as we travel through the Loop to view some of the new buildings and landscape…

Duration
3 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Duration
3 Hours
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CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Self Guided Audio Tour: French

Si vous n’avez pas le temps de suivre un tour conduit par un de nos guides, vous pouvez louer un guide-audio pour une visite en français. Il y a deux visites par guide-audio en francais: “ Les Gratte-ciel Historiques – 1885-1934” et “les Gratte-ciel…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Self Guided Audio Tour: German

Können Sie nicht persönlich an einer unserer Touren teilnehmen? Dann buchen Sie eine Hörführung in Ihrer Muttersprache! Wir bieten zwei Touren auf Deutsch an – die Entstehung des Wolkenkratzers (Historische Wolkenkratzer) und Moderne Wolkenkratzer…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Self Guided Audio Tour: Japanese

Can't join us for a tour? Then rent an audio device in your native language! Two tours are available in Japanese- Historic Downtown and Modern Skyscrapers (1950's-present). Pick-up the personal listening device anytime on the day you have reserved…

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Self Guided Audio Tour: Spanish

Por favor, no se preocupe del horario que dice que debe recogerlo a las 9 de la mañana. Lo puede recoger a cualquier hora antes de las 16 hs del día reservado. Debe devolver el aparato el mismo día.

Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Price
$20 public, FREE for CAF members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Holiday Lights, City Lights (Lower Level)

Don’t let the cold weather deter you from admiring Chicago’s stunning architecture! Take a seat on the lower level of Big Bus Chicago and take in the city through large windows offering great views of twinkling holiday lights along Michigan Avenue…

Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. Please email tickets@architecture.org to be notified when tickets are available.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Holiday Lights, City Lights (Top Deck)

Don’t let the cold weather deter you from admiring Chicago’s stunning architecture! Head up to the heated top deck of Big Bus Chicago and take in panoramic views of the skyline through a clear top shielding you from the elements.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.